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Scottish Union Learning Conference 2022

Delegates enjoying 2022 SUL Conference

The 2022 Scottish Union Learning Conference was held on Thursday, 10th November in the Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow. The theme of the Conference was ‘Resilience and Recovery: the role of union learning', and delegates had opportunities to explore the ways in which union learning can aid Scotland’s social, economic, and political recovery.

OU case study: Joe Shaughnessy, Scottish Premiership club captain

Joe Shaughnessy at graduation

With the support of PFAS, Scottish Premiership football club captain Joe Shaughnessy successfully netted a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Mathematics degree – combining his sporting career with flexible Open University studies.

The St Mirren defender swapped a football pitch for a stage when he collected his degree at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, and said: “I'm really pleased to have completed my degree and looking forward to celebrating with all my fellow graduates at the graduation ceremony in Glasgow.”

Disability, Work, and Social Justice Course

2022 is the Year of the Disabled Worker.

This learning programme is designed to bring people together from across the trade union movement to broadly reflect on Work, disability and social justice for future action.

The course is a unique learning opportunity for us to ensure disability issues remain an integral part of collective trade union activity in a constantly changing world.

Funded Places Available on Open University Microcredentials

Once again, there is an opportunity to apply for funded places on Open University Microcredentials. The list of opportunities has changed again. There are opportunities at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. The microcredentials which are available have changed.

As the learners will study as part of a large cohort of other learners, union led study groups have been organised for previous iterations of microcredentials – feedback from learners about union-led study groups has been consistently positive.

The list of Microcredential courses has now grown to 17.

Survey seeks construction sector feedback to develop apprenticeship

The views of employers of all sizes across Scotland’s construction sector are needed to support the development of the new Design & Contracting apprenticeship which will meet the skills need of employers in Scotland.

The design and development of construction apprenticeships across Scotland are being reviewed and refreshed through a new industry-led approach to ensure skills and qualifications are not only fit for purpose; but fit for the future.

Individuals and representatives from across the construction sector have been working to develop the Design & Contracting apprenticeship, and Skills Development Scotland is now seeking feedback on the apprenticeship through an online survey.

The survey will take around 45 minutes to complete and will ask for your feedback on the content of the apprenticeship and the skills which are relevant to design and contracting in construction.