Lifelong Learning and Women

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2005 National Women's Conference
21 October 2004

Conference notes that women earn on average 82p for every £1 men earn. That part-time women workers earn 41p for every £1 full time men earn. That women are often segregated into the lowest paid, lowest status, jobs.

Conference notes that the gender pay gap and workplace segregation can be attributed in part to the lack of access to training for women. For example 64 per cent of workers without qualifications have been offered workplace training as opposed to 16 per cent with a degree. Many of these workers are women, black and minority ethnic and shift workers.

Therefore Conference calls upon the National Women’s Committee to:

1)promote and publicise Lifelong Learning through regional women’s networks;

2)work with the National Executive Council and Learning and Organising Services to organise a UNISON sponsored event during adult learners week 2005 specifically on women and learning.