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Scottish Union Learning Conference 2017

Scottish Union Learning

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

Scottish Union Learning Conference 2017

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Delegate Registration 2017 31 Oct 2017 Free  

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The 10th Annual Scottish Union Learning Conference will be held in the COSLA Conference Centre, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.  The theme of the Conference this year will be "The Demands of a Changing Labour Market". The 7th annual Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award will be presented during the Conference.

The Conference is aimed at Union Learning Representatives and trade union officials involved in the learning agenda.

There is no charge for attendance at this Conference.


Scottish Union Learning is arranging for four different workshops to be held at the Conference. Each delegate will be able to attend one workshop, to be chosen while registering. Details of the workshops are:

1. Using Learning to Tackle Inequality

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

Often learning and equality are regarded as two different strands of a union’s work and rarely cross over, however, union-led learning can be a powerful tool to help to challenge inequality in the workplace. This workshop will explore innovative approaches to learning which have tackled inequality or underrepresentation in the workplace, and discuss the ways in which learning opportunities can change our workplaces for the better to the benefit of all.

2. The Gig Economy – Empowering Workers

Many workers in historically permanent and secure employment are now faced with zero hour contracts, agency work and enforced ‘self-employment.’ This workshop will look at how Scottish Union Learning can support workers in the gig economy by ensuring that they are empowered to learn and enforce workplace rights, whilst recognising the difficulties and challenges they face in terms of employer threats and wider issues such as automation and a fluctuating labour market.

3. Personal Cyber Security

Nowadays our computers, phones, and tablets are filled with personal information - but how can we keep that sensitive information out of the wrong hands? In this workshop you'll learn about the most common cyber security attacks, but more importantly how to take steps to protect yourself. You'll see live demonstrations of attacks and learn how to spot them. These tips will help you feel more confident about using a computer safely. No technical knowledge is required.

4. Apprenticeships and Unions

The Modern Apprenticeship programme has undergone a number of significant changes in recent years.  This workshop will look at those emerging changes and how unions continue to support apprentices. Delegates will have an opportunity to build their understanding of the apprenticeship programme, the role that unions play in supporting apprentices, and how unions are organising the delivery and introduction of apprenticeship programmes within workplaces.

For furtherinformation, please visit the Scottish Union Learning website.

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COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards
EH12 5BH Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 10:00 to 15:00 (GMT)

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