Learner of the Year Award

Learner of the Year Award 2024

Learner of the Year recipient Ross Henderson with First Minister Humza Yousaf.The recipient for the STUC Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award 2024 was RMT member Ross Henderson. 

The annual award, presented by First Minister Humza Yousaf at the 2024 STUC Congress in Dundee on 16th April, celebrates the achievements of Scotland’s trade unionist workplace learners. This year the award was sponsored by TUC Education in Scotland.

After joining Scotrail as a Customer Service apprentice, just after lockdown had ended in 2020, Ross undertook a range of new union-provided courses including one on deaf awareness. This is particularly important given the noisy environment often found in major train stations.

Ross has now successfully completed his apprenticeship and gained permanent employment with Scotrail, following the creation of new courses by the RMT union supported by Scottish Union Learning. He is continuing his learning journey by going on to study the Chartered Institute of Rail Operators (CIRO) Certificate course at Glasgow Caledonian University supported by the employer. Ross is now encouraging his colleagues to participate in the workforce development opportunities organised by RMT.

Commenting, STUC General Secretary Roz Foyer said “We are delighted to present this award to Ross. With the support of his union, he has overcome adversity and helped plot a route to successful employment for those who might follow. As if this were not enough, he continues his professional development and is encouraging his fellow union members to do the same. We are very proud of Ross and his union for this invaluable work.” 

Commenting, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch added “Ross is a very worthy recipient of this award. As a young member of the RMT, Ross has shown true determination and has not let any obstacle get in his way of learning. Not only is Ross learning, but he has also gained confidence, he shares with pride his story with his peers at his workplace which are all great steps in union learning and organising in Scotland.” 

The Learner of the Year Award short film further tells the story of award recipient Ross Henderson's learning journey. It can be viewed below: