11th Scottish Union Learning Annual Conference 2018: Developing an Inclusive Workforce

November 13th 2018

The development of an Inclusive Workforce in Scotland will be the main issue for discussion at the 11th Scottish Union Learning Conference to be held in Glasgow today. Delegates from unions across Scotland will attend this event to contribute to this debate, and further develop their knowledge and skills in delivering learning opportunities in the workplace.

Speakers at this event will include Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade Investment and Innovation, Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, Marion Beattie, Skills Development Scotland and Gerry Britton, Chief Executive, Partick Thistle Football Club. The Minister will also present the 8th Annual STUC Learner of the Year Award.

The event will include a panel discussion, and a number of workshops on related topics including Technology, Disability Equality, Menopause in the Workplace, and Leadership.

Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning, said:

“We are very proud of the achievements of our Union Learning Representatives in delivering a wide range of learning opportunities in the workplace. Equality of opportunity is very important to us and this is reflected in the theme of our Conference today. Our delegates will hear from a number of inspiring speakers and I am sure they will return to their workplaces with renewed energy and enthusiasm.”

Minister for Trade Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee MSP said:

“Scottish Union Learning plays a valuable role in supporting the development of our inclusive workforce through workplace learning.

“Inclusive growth is central to Scotland’s Economic Strategy and we must ensure that workers are treated fairly, paid well, have appropriate development opportunities and that diversity is recognised and celebrated.

“The Scottish Government will continue to work with STUC and trade unions to develop and deliver the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Action Plan.”

ENDS

Notes for editors

• The STUC through Scottish Union Learning works in partnership with unions to drive forward trade union-led learning in Scotland with support from the Scottish Government.

• Union Learning Representatives support union members in identifying training needs, accessing learning opportunities and developing new skills.

• Learning opportunities are, in the main, delivered in the workplace, often with the support and co-operation of employers.

• Around 8,500 courses and other learning opportunities were delivered by unions in Scotland in 2017-2018 as a result of funding made available by Scottish Union Learning.

• The Scottish Union Learning Conference is supported by key partners including Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Payne Marketing Officer, Scottish Union Learning
Tel: 07702836478 Email: jpayne@stuc.org.uk

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