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Everyday Skills: Building a Resilient Workforce

Scottish Trade Unions will gather at the Albany Centre in Glasgow on Thursday, 23 February at the 8th Annual Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Event. Over 60 delegates from trade unions and workplaces across Scotland will come together to explore the theme: ‘Everyday Skills: Building a Resilient Workforce’. The Event will be addressed by Yvonne MacDermid, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland, Mandy Haeburn-Little, Chief Executive, and Gerry Grant, Chief Ethical Hacker, both from Stirling Business Resilience Centre.

The Everyday Skills Event will enable discussions around workplace learning and developments, particularly in financial capability and cyber security skills. Both areas are bringing great challenges to the workplace, and there is a need to ensure that people are suitably equipped with the skills required to improve their financial capabilities and security online.

Through interactive sessions, there will be opportunities to explore appropriate measures to avoid personal cyber security attacks. In addition, delegates will learn about the new nationally recognised Scottish Adult Achievement Award, and how to address mental health issues in the workplace.

Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning, said:

“The Everyday Skills Event celebrates the valuable work that trade unions, particularly Union Learning Reps, do to promote and support learning in the workplace. Workers who lack the necessary Everyday Skills will struggle to deal with the pressures imposed by increased workloads and rapid technological changes in the modern workplace. With support from Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and other partners, Scottish Union Learning is working with trade unions to improve Everyday Skills among their members and build a more resilient workforce.”


Notes for editors

  • Scottish Union Learning is part of the STUC and was launched in May 2008. Scottish Union Learning works in partnership with unions to drive forward trade union-led learning in Scotland and administers the Learning Fund and Development Funds, which are supported by the Scottish Government.
  • The Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Event is supported by key partners: Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland.
  • Scottish Union Learning supports trade unions in accessing skills and lifelong learning opportunities for their members that contribute to collective prosperity, fairness and equality, for workers across Scotland.
  • The term ‘Everyday Skills’ has evolved over recent years to include English language, financial capability, digital skills, and support for learners with dyslexia and other learning differences and disabilities, in addition to functional literacy and numeracy skills.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Payne

Marketing Officer

Scottish Union Learning

Tel: 0141 337 8130