Promoting Lifelong Learning

Growth in Demand

The CLP continues to respond to increasing demand surrounding the area of Employability Skills, as workers face job losses and change at the workplace. This important aspect of the CLP work incorporates the Back to Work drop in sessions which is highlighted within this newsletter, as well as range of short courses which are generally … Continue reading

2014 Learner of the Year

CWU Member announced as 2014 Learner of the Year


On Tuesday 18th November 2014 at the 7th Annual Scottish Union Learning Conference in Dundee, Alasdair MacLean, a Communication Workers Union (CWU) member who is a postal worker at Glasgow Mail Centre in Springburn, Glasgow awarded the Scottish Union Learning Annual Learner of the Year award for 2014. Alasdair has progressed from introductory computing classes and digital camera courses to complete his ECDL Essentials and ECDL Extra (ongoing) courses, which were delivered by The Trade Union Education tutors, especially June McLean who has worked with Alasdair throughout his journey. June said “Alasdair is a real inspiration to everyone in the class, including the tutors. Everyone is so proud that he is receiving the annual award, he thoroughly deserves it”. He has had to overcome personal challenges brought about by his Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and is a real advocate for the idea of Lifelong learning. The ECDL exams are time constrained and Alasdair struggled to complete the exams in the time given. The tutors applied to British Computing Society (BCS), the awarding body, for extra time for Alasdair. This was approved, and an extra 15 minutes is now available should he require it. Alasdair said: “I really enjoy the classroom sessions and working with my work colleagues. The help and support I have received from the ULRs, the class colleagues and especially the tutor has been brilliant. I can’t thank the CWU and The Trade Union Education Centre enough for giving me this opportunity.”


New Partner for the CLP

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Join the CLP

The new national Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have officially joined the Collective Learning Partnership. An official signing event was held at the SFRS Clydesmill Headquarters and was attended by representatives of SFRS, FBU, Unite and the Trade Union Education Centre.

Since August 2014, 11 courses been delivered throughout Scotland focussing upon Interview Skills and Processes. The courses were held in Glasgow, Falkirk, Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh, Inverness and Aberdeen, and resulted in 130 participants having the opportunity to discuss and develop the skills to support them in job applications and interview situations. The feedback from those involved was all very positive.

“Great course, informative and relevant in and out of the fire service“

Course member, Clydesmill

“I am more confident for when I have to attend an interview which I will have to do in the near future”

Course member, Thornton

A survey was developed in conjunction with members of the Trade Union Education Centre at City of Glasgow College for distribution to all staff with the SFRS to identify their learning needs. The response rate was excellent for this new initiative with over 270 returns across Scotland. The returns were filtered and a number of courses are in the process of being arranged.

These include Basic Computing, Understanding Pensions, Interview Skills, and Public Speaking. These courses will just be the beginning a whole series of courses to be delivered as a result of this exciting partnership between the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Unite the Union, the Fire Brigades Union and City of Glasgow College – Trade Union Education Centre.

Stephen Thomson, FBU Scottish Secretary said “the partnership between SFRS, the FBU and Unite offers real opportunity for employees of the SFRS to gain new skills and confidence. We look forward to working with the CLP to support our members who are coming through a difficult period of change within the organisation and to build relationships with the other partners”

Exciting Times Ahead


Welcome to the second edition of the Collective Learning Partnership

Newsletter. This regular publication will keep all partners (unions/ employers) and others abreast of developments within the partnership including locations, resources and publications.

It has been over a year since our last newsletter. This has been due to a number of factors, not least the move of the Trade Union Education Centre from Glasgow Kelvin College to the City of Glasgow College. (more on this exciting development within the newsletter)

The last 12 months have been a really busy time within the CLP, with a range of new courses being delivered around the country and several new partners joining the CLP.

The CLP has been able to respond to increasing demand surrounding the area of Employability Skills, as many workers face dramatic change at the workplace.