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Fair Work in Practice - NUJ Case Study: Opportunity

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the third in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Opportunity

"Fair opportunity allows people to access and progress in work and employment and is a crucial dimension of Fair Work." Fair Work Framework 2016

NUJ: A Media Industry Case Study

by Joan Macdonald, NUJ

The American founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, wryly observed that the harder he worked, the luckier he got.

Similarly, when it comes to opportunity, the more privileged a person, the more opportunities they are likely to hear about and take advantage of. At the heart of apprenticeship programmes, then, there need to be strategies to promote equal information regarding opportunities and equal access to those opportunities.

The NUJ have been involved in Modern Apprenticeships since 2014, when we were invited on to a working group with Skills Development Scotland, Creative Skillset and industry employers to shape the Modern Apprenticeship in Creative Media.

We believe the apprenticeship route helps to break down barriers and provides an opportunity to address the problem of inequality of access to the industry and under-representation of minority groups in the media.

Fair Work in Practice - UNISON Case Study: Respect

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the second in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Respect

"Fair Work is work in which people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status." Fair Work Framework 2016

UNISON: A Local Authority Case Study

by Kevin Duguid, UNISON

As part of Fair Work, it is essential that people are respected and treated respectfully, whatever their role and status within the workplace is – and this includes apprentices.

Mutual respect is an important aspect of everyday social exchanges and is a crucial element of relationships in the workplace, where a large proportion of our life is spent.

Fair Work in Practice - RMT Case Study: Security

Scottish Union Learning has been working closely with unions across Scottish Apprenticeships to develop apprenticeship standards and frameworks, to progress apprenticeship opportunities with employers and to support Apprentices in their workplaces.

This is the first in a series of five apprenticeship case studies from a range of unions working in different sectors. Each case study will focus on a specific Fair Work dimension in practice, although the Fair Work dimensions do not stand in isolation from each other.

Security

"Security of employment, work and income are important foundations of a successful life." Fair Work Framework 2016

RMT: A Maritime Industry Case Study

by Dan Henderson, RMT

CalMac Ferries are the largest ferry operator in the UK and deliver lifeline services to the Clyde and Hebridean islands off the west coast of Scotland. They have over 1,700 employees, both ashore and onboard. RMT and CalMac have worked very closely, over a number of years, to utilise the Maritime Occupations Framework to deliver high quality Modern Apprenticeships in partnership with City of Glasgow College.

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