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The TUC has long campaigned to raise the skills of Britain's work force. It's good for the country's competitiveness and helps people find more fulfilling and better paid jobs. Here are links to our most recent policy and research work on skills, education and lifelong learning. You can find older material using the search facilities. The TUC is also actively involved in promoting lifelong learning through unionlearn.

Unionlearn was formed from the merger of TUC Education and Learning Services in May 2006. This new initiative has been developed by the TUC to help unions meet the education and skills needs of their members.

To find out more about how the TUC and education unions are actively campaigning for better education policies, please visit the Education and Schools section of the website. 


The TUC has today (Sunday) published 5 tests the government’s industrial strategy must meet if it is to make the UK successful after Brexit with higher productivity, more high-quality jobs and major improvements to living standards.
22 January 2017
The TUC submission supports the development of an integrated apprenticeships and technical education system and the decision to extend the remit of the Institute for Apprenticeships so that it has responsibility for technical education standards as well. The submission highlights a number of challenges that need to be addressed in...
28 November 2016
This is a TUC unionlearn submission to the March 2015 “Apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies”.
21 March 2016
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show that Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation has risen slightly to 0.3 %, while core inflation has fallen from 1.4% to 1.2 %, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Continuing low inflation is a sign that the economy is not operating at full strength.
16 February 2016
Commenting on new trade figures published today by the Office for National Statistics, which show a widening of the calendar year trade deficit as exports sales have continued to decline, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Another poor set of trade and export figures is no surprise given how little...
09 February 2016
New figures published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics on UK household wealth paint a worrying picture of growing wealth inequality, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government must reshape the economy to address the UK’s over-reliance on property and financial investments. Future growth...
18 December 2015
Commenting on a report published by Ofsted today (Thursday) that reveals that the drive to create more apprenticeships has diluted their quality, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
22 October 2015
This is the TUC submission to the October 2015 Apprenticeship levy consultation (“Apprenticeships levy: employer owned apprenticeships training”). After consultation with a range of affiliates the TUC responded to the submission, highlighting the importance of robust quality assurance processes, which involved trade unions and the importance of levy funding only...
07 October 2015
This government consultation invited views on plans to make it a criminal offence to deliver poor quality training under the Apprenticeship brand. The TUC response welcomed the proposal, saying that it should go some way to deterring unscrupulous providers from setting up poor quality training programmes. However, the submission emphasised...
07 October 2015
Commenting on the publication today of the government’s productivity plan, TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady said: “Trade unions stand ready to play a positive role in delivering the productivity growth the UK urgently needs. And we call on the government to use the autumn spending review to back this plan...
10 July 2015

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