Funding for Unions and Workplace Learning

April 6th 2011

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The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has welcomed funding from the Scottish Government of £1.4m for union-led learning initiatives until March 2012. The STUC will take forward this work through Scottish Union Learning.

This funding complements an existing award of £895,000 from the European Social Fund until March 2013 for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland, and an additional £415,000 until March 2014 for the Highlands and Islands.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, said,

“Through Scottish Union Learning, the STUC has established a model for learning that works. Trade unions have made the case for future funding by demonstrating that we deliver opportunities for learners in the workplace.

“The trade unions will ensure that this funding will enhance the lives of workers by the provision of quality learning at work. The STUC welcomes this funding and we look forward with immense confidence to the continued success of union learning in Scotland.”

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Notes for editors

• Scottish Union Learning was launched in May 2008. Scottish Union Learning works in partnership with trade unions to drive forward workplace learning in Scotland.

• Scottish Union Learning administers the Development and Learning Funds, which are supported by the Scottish Government and the European Social Fund.

• The ESF award for Lowlands and Uplands Scotland is for period of two years, running from April 2011 to March 2013. This is provided under ESF Priority 5, “Strategic Skills Pipeline”.

• The ESF award for the Highlands and Islands is for a period of three years, running from April 2011 to March 2014.

• Unions provide learning support to many of the 644,000 trade unionists in Scotland who are affiliated to the STUC.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Payne, Marketing Officer Scottish Union Learning Tel: 0141 337 8130 Mob: 07702 836 478 Email: jpayne@stuc.org.uk

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