The STUC has been successful in securing funding in the current financial year to support the Learning Fund, the Development Fund, and Fair Work: Leadership and Equality Programme.
These funds are being made available to unions, through Scottish Union Learning, to support the work that they do in accessing a wide range of skills and lifelong learning opportunities for their members.
The Development Fund
The Development Fund supports trade unions in developing infrastructure to improve access to skills and learning for Scottish workers and to work with employers and external agencies to drive skills and innovation within the workplace.
In Lowlands and Uplands, Aegis, BFAWU, Community, EIS, FBU, NUJ, PCS, Prospect, RMT, SAU, UNISON, Unite, USDAW and Young Workers have received development funding for 2021-22.
In the Highlands and Islands, NUJ, RMT, SAU, UNISON and Unite have also received development funding this year.
Development Fund Quarterly Report/Claim forms will be available to download shortly.
The Learning Fund
The Learning Fund finances collective learning provision. Delivery of these learning opportunities is currently predominantly online due to the Covid pandemic, but is normally in the workplace or at an agreed alternative location. The Learning Fund is funding of last resort and unions will need to demonstrate that all other avenues of funding have been exhausted before applying to the Fund.
Digital Unions Project
The Digital Unions Project has enabled unions to further develop workplace learning opportunities around digital skills, encourage greater employer engagement, and subsequently lead to an overall increase in digital participation in Scotland, in line with Scottish Government strategy.
Fair Work: Leadership and Equality Programme
The STUC has obtained funding from the Scottish Government's Fair Work Directorate to enable Scottish Union Learning to provide support to unions in developing work around leadership and promoting equalities.
This funding is specifically aimed at developing leadership and promoting equalities at all levels within trade unions. Unions are invited to apply for funding, individually or collectively, to allow them to create new and original activities.
The programme will support the diversification of leadership within the trade union movement and will help provide trade unionists with the skills to identify and nurture new leaders from under-represented groups within their union or increase the capacity of unions to deliver on the equalities agenda.