Learner of the Year Award

The Scottish Union Learning Board introduced the Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award in 2011, with the aim of recognising the range of learning journeys currently undertaken by learners in the workplace, supported by trade unions. The Learner of the Year Award 2023 will be presented at STUC Congress.

Learner of the Year 2022

First Minister presenting the Learner of the Year Award to Joan Tasker of Unite the Union

The recipient of the 2022 Learner of the Year Award was Joan Tasker, a member of Unite the Union.

The Scottish Trades Union Congress, which held its annual Congress in Aberdeen, awarded Joan with Learner of the year, recognising her achievements in union learning within the past year. SAMH worker Joan, who documented her struggle with dyslexia, has completed over 50 online learning courses through Unite the Union’s union learning programme. The award was presented by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Learner of the Year Award 2020

LOTY 2020: Barry Young, a member of Unite the Union

The recipient of the 2020 Learner of the Year Award was Barry Young, a member of Unite the Union.

Barry, who works in Kilmarnock as a painter in Housing Asset Services for East Ayrshire Council, received the 10th Annual Learner of the Year Award from the STUC at the Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Conference, which took place online on 25 February 2021. The Award was presented by Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning.

Barry was chosen as 2020 Learner of the Year for his commitment both as a learner and as an advocate for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. His learning journey began when he was elected as a workplace ULR, and subsequently Shop Steward and Health & Safety rep.

Learner of the Year Award 2019

Jena Hunter receives Learner of the Year Award 2019The recipient of the 2019 Learner of the Year Award was Jena Hunter, a member of the BECTU Sector of Prospect.

Jena was chosen as 2019 Learner of the Year because of her commitment to her continuing learning journey through union learning. To expand her skillset and grow her professional experience, Jena has undertaken a range of BECTU Vision short training courses, including Scottish Mental Health First Aid and the accredited Managing Safety in Film and Television Productions.

Learner of the Year Award 2018

Isabella Sutherland, 2018 Learner of the Year. Photo by Fraser Band.

Isabella Sutherland, a member of Unite the Union who works in Aberdeen as a Heli-pad administrator for Aramark in the offshore catering sector, received the 8th Annual Learner of the Year Award from the STUC at the 11th Annual Scottish Union Learning Conference in Clydebank, Glasgow on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. The Award was presented by Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.

Isabella was chosen as 2018 Learner of the Year because of her commitment both as a learner and as an advocate for adults returning to learning in the workplace.

Learner of the Year Award 2017

Priscilla Maramba, 2017 Learner of the Year, and Jamie Hepburn MSP.

Scottish Union Learning presented the 7th Annual Learner of the Year Award to Priscilla Maramba, a UNISON member who works at Stirling Council, at the 2017 Scottish Union Learning Conference in Edinburgh. The presentation was made by Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training.

Priscilla was born and brought up in Zimbabwe, and worked as a solicitor there until life started to become challenging under the government regime of Robert Mugabe. In 2001, Priscilla came to the UK to study and make a new life for herself and her three children.

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