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The TUC is running an apprenticeship project. The main focus of the project is developing the TUC's existing policy on apprenticeships and supporting affiliate unions' work on apprenticeships across the country.

As well as mapping out existing union apprenticeship projects, the project team works to support affiliate unions through regional workshops, regional courses for reps, guides for apprentices on their rights at work as well as a toolkit for reps to negotiate with employers and to support apprentices at work.

For more information about apprenticeships and their rights, please visit the unionlearn website


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
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
National Apprenticeship Week (14 to 18 March) celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy. Good apprenticeships are union business - helping tomorrow's workers get the skills they need to move on in their careers, and to help build a fairer economy. Trade...
15 March 2016
Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) by the Secretary of State for Business and Skills of a new apprenticeships scheme with fast-growing small and medium companies, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the Business Secretary’s announcement of the new scheme for AIM quoted companies and its potential to...
18 June 2015
The report Under-representation by gender and race in apprenticeships, warns that gender stereotyping is dissuading young women from pursuing careers in traditionally male industries.
11 December 2013

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