This is a crucial moment for our economy. So the government’s decision to scrap funding for workplace learning makes no sense at all.
For 20 years the Union Learning Fund (ULF) has been getting working people into skills training they’d otherwise have no access to, with courses directly relevant to the workplace, tailored to workers and supported by government funding.
Workplace learning is a massive success. Not just for employers, staff and public services, but for the economy too. That success delivers a return of £12.30 for every pound invested – and at a time when our economy is under real pressure the decision to scrap the fund simply doesn’t make sense.
And of course, UNISON members who take part in skills training not only widen their own horizons but improve the public services they deliver as well.
From maths to mental health; from digital to diplomas, the workers getting our country through this crisis deserve the opportunity to access education. Now’s the time to invest in learners in our NHS and our care homes, in our police forces and our schools, in our local communities and everywhere else – not to scrap the scheme that makes it all happen.
Union learning is a win-win. But the government is putting all that at risk. Don’t stand by and watch it be snatched away – please sign the petition now to tell the government to save this life-changing fund.
Has union learning helped you?
We need stories from people who’ve taken part in union learning to help us make the case for the government to reverse the cuts.
Will you share why it was important for you?
Will you tell your MP about it too? Getting MPs’ support to save union learning is so important, and nothing is more powerful than telling them about your own experience.
Just pop your postcode in the Parliamentary website to find your MP’s email address, and use our template letter to help you get started.