One of the Collective Learning Partnership’s key aims is to encourage Unions and their Reps to work together in order to deliver and offer as many learning opportunities as they can to members within their workplaces and communities.
An example of this collective organising was successfully demonstrated by FBU, CWU, Unite and ASLEF in Inverclyde. Individually they were unable to support the numbers at their worksites to deliver a Spanish course but instead worked alongside each other by grouping their members into one class that was driven by Ian Bryden (FBU) and delivered centrally in the local Fire Station at Greenock.
There were so many positive aspects to this arrangement such as bringing Union members and other workers together, showcasing the education that is available, encouraging new learners and Union members and embedding learning into communities. By delivering courses in such a way it enabled Learning Organisers from various sizes of workplaces to offer their members a pathway to Education that they may not have been able to do. The group included members from several Unions and workplaces in Inverclyde that covered; EE call centre, RBS Mortgage centre, James Walker Devol Engineering plant, and local Train stations.
Learners gave great feedback on the training.
“I really enjoyed the course, I especially liked the relaxed atmosphere that the tutor encouraged. I learned a lot from the short course and look forward to progressing onto the next course.”
“I had a great time at the course. I took my son along which really helped me when it came to practicing my Spanish between classes. He loved it too. Thank you.”
One of the participants Jamie McCallum, a Firefighter at Ayr Community Fire Station commented
“In March I started a Conversational Spanish Course at Ayr Fire Station. I was encouraged onto the course by a workmate who holidays a lot in Spain and I thought it would be interesting for me to do and would show some support for my friend.
The course started away reasonably slowly with enrolment being conducted in Spanish and English and then ‘WOW’ the pace of learning was increased with the tutors’ style really suiting me. I was treated as an individual within a learning group and I thoroughly enjoyed my experiences of face to face learning with support on a computer. I even enjoyed completing my homework and I look forward to my next learning opportunity”
Similar courses are planned through the CLP over the coming months and will be promoted via the new CLP Website and local organisers and union learning representatives.