It gives me tremendous pleasure to introduce the STUC teaching resource A Better Way to Work in Scotland produced in conjunction with TUC Education and supported by Determined to Succeed, the Scottish Government’s strategy for enterprise in education.
For over a year, trained trade union reps have been visiting Scotland’s secondary schools and working with classes and teachers to ensure that young people have an improved knowledge of both their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.
Their work, along with the input of teachers and pupils, has ensured that we have a resource which can be used both by teachers and by trade union school visitors, or by both together, to provide flexible teaching suitable for a range of ages and abilities as part of aspects of the curriculum dealing with enterprise, careers and citizenship.
The STUC strongly supports Determined to Succeed which encourages pupils to adopt an enterprising and responsible approach to the future world of work. The emphasis of this resource is on participative learning, involving classes in discussion, negotiation and the forming of opinions. We believe that by providing an enhanced understanding of the workplace we can play a part in equipping young people to be successful, not just in their working lives, but in wider society.
A Better Way to Work in Scotland comes in four units which provide an introduction to basic rights at work; a more detailed exploration of rights and responsibilities in the workplace; an explanation of the role of trade unions; and then encourages pupils to consider the future world of work. The resource is supported by a website at www.unionswork.org where teachers and tutors can access additional materials, support and also information on how to request a trade union school visit.
I hope you find the pack useful.
GRAHAME SMITH General Secretary, STUC
For further information contact
Terry Anderson or Pauline Walker 0141 337 8100