A magnificent seven awards for union learning in the North East.

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date: 26 May 2010

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Seven union-led learning projects in the North East have achieved a national quality award thanks to the joint efforts of the Public and Commercial Services Union and TUC/unionlearn.

All seven undertook the Matrix standard assessment on the same day, recognising their efforts for delivering information, advice and guidance for learning at work.

Over 90 Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) attended a PCS ULR conference today (Wednesday May 26 2010) where Beth Farhat, unionlearn Development Co-ordinator presented the Matrix awards and re-accreditation certificates to all seven centres.

HMRC Sunderland, Washington and Benton Park View were awarded their first Matrix quality standard while HMRC Quorum and Peterlee, the Department for Work and Pensions at Tyneview Park and the Identity and Passport Service in Durham were all reaccredited for a further four years.

Each of these centres manage a union learning project at civil service sites in the region in partnership with the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and TUC/unionlearn. It should be recognised that they are still the only PCS matrix accredited centres in the whole of the country.

Jan Gifford, Regional Learning Services Organiser, PCS, said: 'All of our learning projects are facilitated by union learning representatives, 150 in total across the region who have volunteered for the role and who are committed to improving skills and widening the offer of learning opportunities to staff across the Civil Service.

These awards are, therefore, testament to the hard work and dedication of the 45 union learning representatives in the seven centres. They have worked tirelessly for the last twelve months improving the service to achieve the Matrix standard.'

Beth Farhat, unionlearn Development Coordinator, unionlearn, said: 'Achieving the matrix award is recognition of the dedication and quality service that ULRs give to their members on behalf of their trade union.'

Angie Peacock, The assessor from the company who carried out the Matrix assessment, said: 'I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the Union Learning Representatives across all the sites we assessed.'

The PCS is now keen to apply for a Matrix Excellence Award on the back of their magnificent achievement of seven Matrix awards. They also hope that the other ULRs in the region will also strive for the Matrix standard, to recognise their support and commitment to lifelong learning.


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Beth Farhat T: 0191 232 3175 M: 07747 636 408 E: [email protected]

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