In April 2015 the new GMB Learning For Work Project was launched at the GMBs Wakefield Office. Like previous projects the LFW project is designed to assist members and potential members engage with learning. It is a service that all members should have access to and this particular project will aim to help every branch in the region secure a “ Learning Officer”. It is a further objective to ensure that all branches are represented on the recently established “Regional Learning Committee” (ideally by the Learning Officer) .In an attempt to create sustainability branches will be encouraged to instigate branch learning funds to replicate at branch level what the Regional Learning Fund is doing regionally.

Some branches are already represented on the Regional Learning Committee and some are already operating learning funds. These branches have a voice with regard to the development of learning within the GMB. The LFW project has an individual project worker dedicated to every branch in the region. The project worker for your branch can assist you in establishing Union Learning Reps and then work with those reps to develop the learning opportunities for branch members. In addition there is also project assistance for those facing redundancy situations and for those trying to regain employment.

There are a range of courses that the project workers can assist you with. The concept of lifelong learning embraces learning beyond that related to your job. The project is hopeful too of engaging those employees who are not members of the union. The benefits of trained ULRs and experienced project workers is yet another reason why union membership is the smart option.

Learning is core union business, GMB members deserve to have their interests represented when it comes to education and training opportunities. Trained ULRs can do this. Find out more about what your branch is doing with regard to learning and if you require any assistance contact the LFW project and we will link you to a project worker (if they haven’t already contacted you). As project manager I am keen to help any GMB member progress their education and improve their skills base, not to make a more profitable employee for the Employer but to make a more empowered individual who has a greater say in how their working life develops.

The Learning For Work project team is: Chris Murphy (Project Manager)  Noosheen Khaladji (Administrator) Kate Plonka (Finance Administrator) Sarah Barnes, Michelle Bateson, Emma Bew, Geoff Burrow and Jon Stanway (Project Workers).