Understanding the role of unions in the workplace is extremely important for young people as they embark on their working lives. 

Young workers are more likely to be in insecure work, in low paid jobs and without opportunities to progress at work than any other age group.  

To help tackle this, trade unions have worked in social partnership with the Welsh Government to develop the new Unions and the World of Work programme. 

Why use the Unions and the World of Work resources?  

The programme provides teachers with high quality resources to help students explore:  

  • young people’s rights at work  

  • the role of trade unions 

  • AI and digital technologies 

  • Climate change 

  • Fairness and equality in the world of work 

  • How to learn new skills while working 

This cross-curricular programme relates to the Careers and Work-Related Experience (CWRE) aspect of the new curriculum in Wales. 

The resources are flexible and can be delivered as stand-alone lessons or used in a cross-curricular way.  

Book a guest speaker for your school 

Wales TUC can  organise for  an experienced trade unionist to attend your school as a guest speaker as part of the programme  

Run the Unions and the World of Work programme in your school  

To receive the resources or to book a guest speaker fill in our Unions and the World of Work registration form.  

If you have any questions, please contact us on youthwales@tuc.org.uk 

Future of the Unions and the World of Work programme  

The aim of the Unions and the World of Work project is to grow a long term, sustainable programme aimed at schools (14 to 19 years KS4 and post-16). The programme will be based on a similar scheme run by STUC called Unions Into Schools which is run across Scotland. It will work closely with similar schemes run across the UK by our affiliate unions, such as the ‘Unite in Schools’ project.  

If you have used the resources and would like to offer us any feedback or share photos from your sessions please email youthwales@tuc.org.uk