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Fund helps over 12,000 learners, says NTUC

Northern TUC has announced that over 12,000 adults in the North East have participated in learning as a result of the region's Learning for All Fund.

Launched in April 2002, the Learning for All Fund is a regional fund resourced by Learning and Skills Council North East and One NorthEast and managed by unionlearn and the Northern TUC. It offers a resource for unions to bid into to support workplace learning projects in partnership with employers.

Speaking at the Northern TUC Annual Conference in Gosforth on Saturday, Barney McGill, regional manager of unionlearn, said: "I am extremely proud to say that the Learning for All Fund, which started out in 2002 supporting 12 union-led workplace learning projects in the region, has now supported 66 workplace projects, resulting in over 12,000 adults participating in learning and taking, for many, the first steps towards developing a new skill or acquiring a qualification.

"In addition, union learning representatives, supported by unionlearn and the Learning for All fund, have helped over 7,000 adults in the region improve their numeracy and literacy, with over 2,000 gaining their first full Level 2 qualification.

"The high levels of dedication and motivation that union learning representatives have shown in promoting learning and training to adults in the workplace, as well as supporting their members in their individual learning journeys have, I believe, made an important contribution to addressing the skills gap in the region. The facts are plain to see, unions and union learning representatives, resourced through funding and support from unionlearn, have created an enormous appetite for learning amongst adults in the region."

Education secretary Alan Johnson attended the conference dinner at the Gosforth Marriot Hotel. Before he addressed the dinner as keynote speaker, Alan Johnson presented Claire Simpson with the Northern TUC unionlearn Union Learning Representative of the Year award.

On presenting the award Alan Johnson said: "Claire is one of a growing army of union learning representatives across the country and embodies what the trade unions must aspire to be to succeed in the future."

Barney McGill said: "We have now trained over 2000 union learning representatives in the region and they do a tremendous job supporting colleagues in obtaining learning opportunities. To be Union Learning Representative of the Year is a wonderful achievement and Claire is a worthy winner."

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