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Union Learning Representatives Programme

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what plans he has to promote and develop the union learning representatives programme. (227255)

Union learning representatives have a key role to play in raising the demand for learning and skills, especially for workers with low skill levels and those with literacy and numeracy problems. With their real-life experience and credibility in the workplace, union learning reps inspire trust and foster ambition in others, giving them the confidence to seek new ways to improve their skills.

That is why we will continue to support the Union Learning Fund and unionlearn, the TUC's learning and skills organisation, to develop and promote the work of union learning reps. We have increased the funding for union learning from £2 million in 1998 to over £21 million in 2008—so that by 2010 there will be 22,000 trained union learning reps helping over 250,000 workers into learning each year.