Proper investment in wages and apprenticeships will help ease NHS staffing crisis, says UNISON

Response to major report into health service and care workforce

Government ‘short-changing’ nurses on education and training, says UNISON ahead of Westminster debate

UNISON is urging MPs to highlight the urgent need for substantial investment in education and training for nurses and other healthcare staff.   The call comes ahead of a special debate later today (Wednesday) in Parliament on the future of nurse education funding that, the union says, has been severely hit by cuts.   The […]

Blog: Ensuring apprenticeships meet the high standards our union expects

In the years ahead, apprenticeships look likely to become a much bigger part of the world of work, so it’s vital we ensure that employers are delivering apprenticeships that meet the high standards our union expects.

National Apprenticeship Week – raising the standard

It’s National Apprenticeship Week and UNISON is celebrating the good, while protecting against the bad and the ugly side of apprenticeships

UNISON welcomes moves to protect apprentices

‘Largest apprenticeship provider in the north of England’ signs up to UNISON apprenticeships charter

A new dawn for apprentices

NHS Trust is the first to sign UNISON’s new apprenticeships charter

Trust leads the way on high quality apprenticeships

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will today (Friday) become the first organisation in the country to sign up to UNISON’s apprenticeship charter. The charter ensures that apprenticeships deliver a positive outcome for both apprentices and employers. The charter commits the Trust to provide apprenticeships that are well-funded, high quality and that lead to a […]

NHS apprentices protected by new pay guidance

UNISON will support branches with new guidance ‘to make it stick’ in the workplace

A 'school' road sign against a wall

Apprenticeships – coming soon to a school near you

Schools across the UK see an increase in apprentices after the government introduced new schemes, and a levy to fund them, which came into effect last month

NHS employers tempted to view apprentices as ‘cheap labour’, warns UNISON

Union will seek to use Agenda for Change to protect apprentice pay and conditions

Minimum wage rates increase

New minimum wage rates come into force across UK, including ‘national living wage’

Blog: A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way

With significant changes on the way, this week is a great opportunity to speak to UNISON members, employers and apprentices and recruit apprentices into UNISON. A rapid rise in the number of apprentices is on the way – let’s make sure they’re part of our union, and getting the best possible deal.

Apprentices in local government survey

UNISON is running an online survey of local government apprentices to find out more about their workplace and what they want from the union – closing date 8 December

Commission urged to end minimum wage age discrimination

Young workers suffer age discrimination in minimum wage rates and it should end says UNISON in TUC young workers’ month

Have your say on the national minimum wage

The Low Pay Commission is running an online survey on the national minimum wage to inform a report to the government – have your say before 26 September