Promoting Lifelong Learning

10 Years on and going from strength to strength


This year, 2019 sees the 10th anniversary of the start of the Collective Learning Partnership.  The partnership has grown from an initial idea into a strong and vibrant community across Scotland with dedicated and committed tutors supporting the needs of learners on a daily basis. The 10 year anniversary meeting takes place at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 20th March at 13.00hrs.

Throughout the 10 year period the partners have worked tirelessly to provide fantastic
opportunities year on year that supports workers on their learning journey.
As a collective group the CLP has been able to facilitate and deliver over 5000 courses
in dozens of workplaces all over Scotland. We continue to respond to the demands of
the workforce, trade unions and employers by developing the delivery and content of
the courses. This is evident in the successful courses that have run in several employers
since 2009.

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Additional Courses Added

We have added more courses to our interactive map. We now have Spanish, Minute Taking and computer courses at various venue across Scotland.

Bookmark this page for further updates.

New Courses for 2018


Our new courses have been added for 2018. Click here to see if a course is running in your area or click here to see a list of the courses that we have on offer.

New Courses Added

New Courses have been added to our interactive map.

Spanish Stage 1 courses at Knorr Bremse in Glasgow, Yoker Rail Depot in Yoker and Atrium Court in Glasgow.

Glasgow Life Spanish Course – Putting Learning to Use in a Tapas Bar

Recent participants from the Spanish course held at Glasgow Life in Glasgow decided to put what they had learned during their course to good use by visiting a local Spanish Tapas bar accompanied by their tutor Jose Rodriquez, they all had a great night using their new found skills wherever possible.

Some of the feedback

Realmente disfruté mi comida y el vino

Which means I really enjoyed my food and the wine

Sometimes courses have additional hidden benefits !

Digital Photography through smartphones and tablets


A huge congratulations to the Aberdeen area who recently took part in their first course. This was the first course CWU Scotland No. 1 Branch have ran in the area and the demand and feedback was so good we extended the course to include digital cameras.


The course was really well received by all the participants and their enthusiasm was infectious.  They are already asking about follow on courses – Alan Richardson (Course Tutor)

Digital Photography was funded through Scottish Union Learning and was supported by the Fire Brigade Union as well. Hopefully this will be the first of many for Aberdeen!

CV and Interview Skills

Peel Ports Hunterston

Redundancy is never a situation that you wish to be in and the help and assistance we received through the CLP was invaluable to our members.  Many of those had worked within Peel Ports for many years and it had been some time since they last had to write a CV let alone go through an interview.

The CV writing and interview courses delivered at Peel Ports were organised by Unite and delivered by the Trade Union Centre, City of Glasgow College due to redundancy situation within the workplace.

The course content included; CV building to suit individual requirements, covering letter, saving and uploading a CV and interview techniques.

The content of the courses was decided after initial discussions with the learners, the tutor assessed individual and collective needs.

Daunting as it was for them 2 cohorts attended a CV and Interview skills workshop with June (McLean) which gave them the confidence and tools to be successful in getting their skills outlined and taking the dread out of the interviewing process.  They may not all be employed as yet; however a couple of them have managed to secure employment.  For those who are still looking they do so with renewed self-assurance and a few pointers up their sleeves.

The feedback from the courses were very positive, some comments in the end of course evaluations included the following;

More confidence, good information given

It will help me with application for jobs

The new skills will help me keep my CV up to date

New Course Added


The CWU will be running a ‘Digital Photography via Smart Phones and Tablets’ course in Aberdeen, starting in January 2017. The course will run for 3 weeks on either a Tuesday or a Thursday evening from 6-8pm. This should be nice timing, with members possibly getting new devices for Christmas.
Places on the course are available to CLP members. Can we ask you to circulate details to local members and let me know if you identify interested individuals, and hopefully we can make the course a huge success.

ASLEF – Tackling the Digital Divide

img_4858ASLEF Members taking part in Tackling the Digital Divide training at the Jimmy Brandon Learning Centre in Motherwell.

More information about the course can be found here or have a look at our new interactive map which can be found here.

Scottish Parliament Meeting

Today members of the Collective Learning Partnership representing trade unions, employers, educational establishments and new members gathered in the Scottish Parliament. Chaired by Kevin Lindsay of ASLEF, High on the agenda is tackling the digital divide skills gap across workplaces in the face of new technology, also being debated are workplace pensions and how they relate to state pension in terms of member benefits, and finally our comprehensive modern languages program which is being delivered across Scotland. 

Today also sees the addition of a new member in the form of the RMT. Finally the Collective Learning Partnership website will be launched at today’s meeting. Any feedback and comments will be very welcome.