Become a ULR (Union Learning Representative)
ULRs are at the forefront of promoting and delivering learning opportunities to their branches, raising awareness of the value of learning and the opportunities it can bring to the lives of themselves and the learners.
In the B.F.A.W.U. the Union Learning Representative role has been incorporated into the rule book under Rule 14 – Branch Management:
Each Branch may elect Union Learner Representatives. These Learner Representatives must complete a Union Training course In Learner Representative skills within 6 months of election.
ULRs are recognised as union representatives and have the same statutory rights as other union reps. They are allowed reasonable time off to train and perform their duties, and have protection against unfair dismissal on grounds of their ULR work.
There are some basic guidelines to follow in the role.
Ensuring equal access to everyone
Understanding the different needs of others
Developing a knowledge of local providers and courses available
Work with the sites training officer, complementing on site learning/training opportunities
Keep a record of any learning or Information, Advice & Guidance that have taken place and report them to the relevant project worker or to the project admin or manager.
Don’t pretend, a ULR cannot be expected to know everything
There are a range of progression pathways that can be taken by the Union Learning Rep. from starting with the ULR courses stages 1 & 2 a representative can undertake individual courses in;
Information, Advice and Guidance
Coaching and Mentoring
Tutoring or Facilitating
gaining Level 2 qualifications that can take them on a different career path.
Level 3 or 4 Awards in Education & Training to teach in the Lifelong Learning sector (AET) – this is an introductory course for all new tutors/teachers delivering publicly funded provision. The qualification is a direct progression route into the;
Level 3 or 4 Certificate in Education & Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CET) – this award is for anyone who wants to fulfil an associate tutor/teacher role. The qualification is a direct progression route into the;
Level 5 Diploma to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DET) – this full teaching qualification is often also called a PGCE or Cert Ed. by universities.
There are also routes into Assessor Qualifications and Information, Advice & Guidance careers.
A range of learning resources are available at: https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/ including magazine publications where case studies from around the unions can be found to draw inspiration and ideas from. Here we have;
eNotes - Each eNote is a self-contained module that comprises text, video and quizzes.
Bargaining for Skills
Language support for workers
Mental health in the workplace
Mid-life development review
Union Learning Representatives - introduction
Working with Figures
To use eNotes, you need to register on the TUC Education website.
Skillscheck - This tool contains five learning themes designed to help engage with learners, providing both an initial assessment and a way to encourage further learning
To remove any barriers there are 3 ways to access the Skillscheck
To access the web version, go to Here
From here you can register to access SkillCheck or you are able to login if you have already registered previously.
To access the Apple version, go to Here
To access the Android version, go to Here
Wranx - Wranx is an online training tool that can be accessed on any device and uses the simple scientific idea of spaced repetition to provide learning that improves knowledge retention, even with as little as 2-3 minutes of training a day. https://unionlearn.ulp.wranx.com/
Promoting union learning A handbook for union learning reps (ULRs) and reps
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