Southwest One launches lifelong learning scheme with UNISON

This week, Southwest One and UNISON launched an exciting new workplace learning and development initiative.

All Southwest One staff can now participate in a selection of UNISON led courses provided by the Open University which focus on promoting lifelong learning, building life skills, leading a healthy lifestyle alongside career development advice and access to higher education.

Joanne Kaye, UNISON South West Regional Secretary, who signed the agreement on behalf of UNISON South West, said:

“Today (21 May) marks a special occasion.  It shows what joint working, between a trade union and an employer, can achieve for the benefit of all the staff at Southwest One.  We’re confident that this learning partnership will pave the way to closer working with Southwest One.”

Linda Pope, Human Resources Director, Southwest One, said:

“Southwest One is delighted to be working closely with UNISON to be able to provide learning opportunities for our staff and UNISON members to be provided by the Open University.  This is a great opportunity and we are looking forward to working together.”

Kay MacKenzie, UNISON South West Regional Education Officer, said:

“Since 2012 we have been putting on a number of health and well being days focusing on issues such as nutrition, relaxation techniques generally promoting a healthy lifestyle.  The success of this initiative has led to the development, with the Open University, of a number of sessions on mindfulness.

“As part of the initiative staff are being encouraged to put their names forward to become Union Learning Representatives or Learning Champions to enable further lifelong learning opportunities to be made available to Southwest One employees.

“We’re particularly delighted that this agreement has been signed during Adult Learners’ week.  It’s never too late to learn something new and it highlights the importance of continued learning throughout life.” 

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