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STUC Congress Fringe Events

We have a number of fringe events for the 123rd Annual STUC Congress, which is taking place online this week.

To take part in any of these webinars, click the link below:

Monday, 16 November 2020
5pm Learning in the time of COVID-19
The current pandemic has presented challenges for all of us in dealing with the wide-ranging effects of the virus. Unions have continued to support workers during this period, not least by continuing to offer learning opportunities to workers, including those who have recently been made redundant.
To allow unions to continue to deliver courses during the pandemic, Scottish Union Learning has had to make substantial changes to the processes for procuring and delivering learning. Working closely with unions and providers we are meeting the ongoing challenges, and continuing to improve and adapt our ways of working.
To hear more about the challenges, successes, and opportunities, please join us at our on-line Congress Fringe meeting.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020
11.00am Read Yourself Happy
Philippa Cochrane, Scottish Book Trust
Join Philippa Cochrane from Scottish Book Trust and she will endeavour to prove to you that not only is reading for pleasure enjoyable, but that it is also a useful tool to improve your health and wellbeing. With hints and tips and a story to listen to, this will be 40 minutes of reading fun and relaxation.​

2.00pm The Circular Economy - Green Jobs, Opportunities and Skills
Fiona Craig, Zero Waste Scotland
During this webinar, Zero Waste Scotland will share the first ever findings on the number of jobs that currently relate to the Circular Economy in Scotland.
Come along to find out more about what the Circular Economy looks like in Scotland.
What are these existing jobs and what roles and skills are likely to be needed for Scotland to realise a truly circular economy.

Thursday, 19 November 2020
11.00am Staying Safe and Secure when Working from Home during Covid-19

Craig Steele, Digital Skills Education
With more workers having to “work from home”, what steps should they take to keep themselves cyber safe. This workshop will help manage the cyber security challenges of increased home-working. Based on advice from the Cyber Security Centre, we will show you how to reduce the risk of cyber attacks on laptops, mobiles and tablets, and tips to help you spot typical signs of phishing scams.

Thursday, 19 November 2020
2pm The National Transition Training Fund and how unions can unions work with PACE
The National Transition Training Fund (NTTF) aims to tackle the rise in unemployment caused by Covid-19 by offering short sharp training opportunities for people to learn in-demand skills.
Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) is the Scottish Government’s initiative dedicated to helping workers with the advice and support they need when faced with redundancy.
Speakers from Skills Development Scotland will provide an overview of the NTTF and how unions can work with PACE in redundancy situations. Unite the union will speak about they have worked successfully to support workers in redundancy situations.