Apr 132021

The TUC continues to defend the government to support the development of the skills of the workforce needed to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Unionlearn is also actively committed to promoting the role of trade union representatives in this regard, both through employment-level bargaining strategies and through union engagement in green skills partnerships across communities and sectors. For more information on the role representatives can play in promoting green skills, visit the unionlearn website. The role of the FLU is not only to support success, but also to remove barriers to learning and to involve adults in the early stages of learning, which place them on a longer-term journey, resulting in more measurable “hard” results that may be less obvious in the short term4. The results of the Union Learner Survey 2018 showed that the more learning episodes the learner performs, the more likely they are to achieve a more flexible qualification and choice of results. This underscores the constant need for support to create a “learning journey” in individual life. The survey also measured the wider impact of the activities carried out by these representatives to support learning and skills and, on this basis, highlighted the high proportion of distribution professionals who report positive effects in the following areas: the proactive engagement of trade unions in the areas of learning and skills, through the activities of trade union representatives , also has a great influence on the level of training of workers. There are three specific aspects of trade union activity – recognition of trade unions, union, negotiations and consultations on the training and existence of ULRs – all related to a higher level of training (on a scale of more than five days per year). Thus, the likelihood of higher levels of training in workplaces where union delegates negotiate training with management is increased by 16% and 4.2% higher in unionized enterprises with active ULRs. Taking into account both the cost of the Round 20 FLU and the cost to partners for the provision of learning generated by ULF, the estimated return to the public treasury is $3.60 per $1 spent. This significantly exceeds the volume of initial investment in the treasury and has increased over the life of the FLA. In this report, we consider for the first time the crucial role that the FLF plays in supporting the government`s industrial strategy, the new regional training work and the urgent need to contribute to the reconstruction of our economy according to COVID-19. It is clear that the ULF already supports critical policy areas such as technical training, apprenticeships and internships, the National Skills Fund, and is taking stock in the regions “left behind”.

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