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LGBT+ campaigner wins trade union Equality Award

Fife based trainee pharmacist Soh Xi Ken wins STUC Equality Award

One of Scotland’s leading LGBT+ campaigners has been recognised for his advocacy work for LGBT+ pharmacists in Scotland.

Soh Xi Ken of the Pharmacists Defence Association (PDA) received the Equality Award at the STUC Annual Congress this week in Dundee. The award praised Xi Ken’s tireless advocacy for LGBT+ workers within pharmacies in Scotland, highlighting his personal experience of homophobia in Scotland and his home country, Malaysia.

In May 2021, Xi Ken became a founding member of the PDA LGBT+ Pharmacists network committee and was elected as their first Honorary Secretary. The PDA LGBT+ network is the first of its kind in the pharmacy world and has made significant difference to the profile of LGBT+ people amongst the profession.

Learning At Work Week

This week is #LearningAtWorkWeek, where adult learning completed through the workplace is celebrated. Learning At Work Week aims to shine a light on the importance of adult learning, and lifelong skills development.

Learning At Work Week is important, and beneficial, for workers and their employers, no matter the size of the organisation or the sector they work in. Workers who engage in learning and skills development related to their employment are more productive in their work (Kis., 2016), more likely to remain loyal to an organisation which has invested in their education and skills training (Workers’ Educational Association, 2023), and, in the case of union-led learning, serves as an effective recruitment tool to the trade union, especially when other methods of recruitment have failed (Findlay, 2011).

Money Advice Scotland: Free Financial Wellbeing Workshops

Money Advice Scotland are offering free, online Financial Wellbeing workshops.

Each workshop lasts approximately one hour, and focusses on a different topic/issue related to personal finance.

The Open University Fully-funded Microcredentials

There is an opportunity to apply for funded places on The Open University microcredentials, including at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Applications for the next cohort of fully-funded microcredentials starting in June will open on 17 April 2023 and will close on 14 May 2023.

The list of microcredentials which are available has changed. Currently, there are 19 fully-funded microcredentials covering subjects including business and management, leadership, mental health, sustainability and mentoring and coaching.

For information on the available microcredentials, eligibility criteria, and how to apply, click here.

SCQF Week 2023

The SCQF Partnership has announced that SCQF Week 2023, with a theme of 'Recognising Skills & Qualifications for the Future', will take place 13-17 March.