Higher Education (HE) is not just for the privileged few or just for young people. It is for anyone who wants to progress in their learning or open new possibilities at any stage in life.

As a union rep, you have a key role in supporting learners, negotiating with providers to work flexibly with union learners and negotiating with employers to support staff into appropriate levels of learning, including HE.

Giving employees access to HE doesn’t just benefit them personally; it can give them many new skills that may be of great benefit to the organisation.

It’s not just beneficial to the worker. Employers providing higher learning opportunities can take advantage of transferable skills gained through higher learning and can grow existing staff into other roles, reducing recruitment and training costs.

Resources

Higher education at work: Making the case to employers

Supporting learners into higher learning eNote

Common
questions
Why HE is important in the workplace ?
Getting people into HE is vital for the UK economy. Seventy per cent of the people that will be in the workforce in 2020 are already working, so the Government wants to support those already in work to develop higher level skills and knowledge. HE is not just for the privileged few or just for young people. It is for anyone who wants to progress in their learning or open new possibilities at any stage in life.
What is HE?
It is not just about full-time degree courses. It is a term used for any study that leads to qualifications at Level 4 and above, and there are lots of different options, many of them designed for working people. Learners can study full-time, part-time, at work, by distance learning, in college, or at home.