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This guidance aims to ensure work experience schemes are high

unionlearn logoThe TUC work with unions and companies large and small across the country to develop lifelong learning in the workplace.

It's never too late to learn, develop your skills and change your life. That's the message of unionlearn, the education and skills organisation of the TUC and that is why unionlearn is bringing together unions and employers to participate and drive forward learning in the workplace and improve the nation's skills. Find out more about unionlearn.

You can get all you need from unionlearn's website; order free materials; search the publications area and download copies free of charge; get daily updates of the latest news; details of campaigns, and information from the regions; find a complete list of all TUC Education courses for reps and officers; find what you need to know about developing skills for life; sign up for regular email alerts.

The TUC and education unions are actively campaigning for better education policies. This area of work can be found under Education and Schools and Skills Policy.


This TUC guide is for trade union reps to bargain for accessible apprenticeship policies in the workplace. It sets out the current economic situation for disabled people, the barriers disabled people face, government initiatives to support disabled workers and provides a checklist for reps. The guide also provides good practise...
23 May 2017
Unionlearn and TUC Education have a new eNote aimed at helping apprentices, and those who support them, understand their rights at work.
09 May 2017
Commenting on the start today (Thursday) of the apprenticeship levy, which will fund an expansion in apprenticeships, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s good news for workers, who will have more opportunities to gain the skills needed for better paid jobs. And it’s good news for businesses, as their...
06 April 2017
Download PDF version Employee voice and social partnership The TUC has welcomed many of the recent reforms undertaken by the government aimed at increasing the number of apprenticeships, driving up employer investment in this type of training, and putting in place measures to improve the quality of apprenticeships. The introduction...
16 February 2017
Are you a trade union officer or rep? If so, the following negotiating tips can help make sure that the Apprenticeship Levy is used on good quality Apprenticeships. For more information about unions and Apprenticeships contact [email protected] Order your copies from the online shop .
10 February 2017
The TUC has reacted with disappointment today (Friday) to the announcement of the eight board members of the Institute for Apprenticeships. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Trade unions are committed to working with business and the Institute to drive up apprenticeship quality. However, it is disappointing that unions, whose...
27 January 2017
The Northern TUC wants to demonstrate and acknowledge the range of work currently undertaken by lay union representatives on behalf of their members and the community. The TUC will be making an award to the trade unionist who represents the best aspects of being a union learning representative. This is...
09 January 2017
The TUC response opposes the central proposal in the green paper to expand grammar schools. According to all the major research findings, this will benefit wealthier families, discriminate against poorer families, and undermine the status and capacity of many existing good schools in local areas. The other key proposals in...
13 December 2016
Trade union reps, interested in furthering their knowledge and skills, are encouraged to apply for the latest round of courses run by TUC Education in the region. These 'blended' courses are a mix of classroom based and online learning and will be one day per week over a ten week...
02 August 2016
Commenting on the publication today of the government’s white paper in response to the recommendations of the Independent Panel on Technical Education, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
08 July 2016

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