Unionlearn annual conference July 2015

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Congress House

Great Russell Street



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Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation of the TUC. Unionlearn works to assist unions in the delivery of learning opportunities for their members as well as managing the £12 million Union Learning Fund (ULF). Over the past 13 years, more than 30,000 union learning representatives (ULRs) have been trained and 220,000 people are being given training and learning opportunities through their union every year. Unionlearn is also responsible for providing education and training opportunities for workplace reps and professionals via TUC Education. Each year more than 45,000 trade union reps enrol in trade union education courses organised by the TUC.

It is a great pleasure to extend an invitation to you to attend unionlearn's ninth annual conference on Monday 6th July 2015. The event will be held at Congress House in London and is entitled "The union skills advantage". A broad agenda will focus on skills development through learning of individuals and communities, meeting the needs of a modern workforce, and the vital role of skills in a sustainable economic recovery and that learning matters.

The conference is of course a chance to celebrate our work over the past year as well as looking forward to the year ahead and we will be celebrating achievements with the unionlearn Quality Awards.

Speakers confirmed so far include:

  • Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary.
  • Peter Horrocks, Vice Chancellor of The Open University
  • Rhona Cameron, Comedian
  • Professor Mark Stuart, Director: Centre for Employment Relations Innovation and Change (CERIC)
  • Neil Darwin, Chief Executive of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP
  • Ben Nield, Assistant Director at the Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter
  • Fanny Blake, Quick Reads Author

The draft outline programme for the event is:

  • 09:00 - Registration and exhibitions
  • 10:00 - Conference starts; plenary
  • 12:30 - Lunch and networking
  • 13:30 - Workshops

Please sign up as soon as possible, as there is always a high demand to attend the conference. We have limited space and want to try to ensure everyone can be accommodated.