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Trade Union Leadership Event

Trade unions from across Scotland will come together on Tuesday, 21 March 2017, at the IET Teacher Building in Glasgow for a Leadership Event organised by Scottish Union Learning, which is part of the STUC.

The STUC was successful in securing funding from the Scottish Government’s Fair Work Directorate to help develop leadership capacity within the trade union movement in Scotland. Now in its second year, a number of unions have developed and delivered leadership activities aimed at the development of effective leadership within unions.

Twelve unions will deliver presentations on the leadership activities which they have developed, outlining the content, the range of participants and the future plans of the union in terms of further leadership development. Derek Goldman, Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator and Associate Lecturer at The Open University in Scotland, will facilitate the event.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary, will also address the event.

Unions will participate in two workshops on “Accredited/Non-Accredited Learning,” which will be facilitated by Marian Docherty, Depute Principal, Newbattle Abbey College and Khadija Patel, Project Officer, The Open University in Scotland, and “Equality and Inclusive Leadership, facilitated by Alan White, Development Officer, Scottish Union Learning.

Wendy Burton, Director of Scottish Union Learning, said:

“Building leadership capacity within trade unions is essential in taking forward the Fair Work agenda and in increasing the skills of union officials and members. In partnership with the Scottish Government, we are offering unions in Scotland the opportunity to deliver leadership activities that will allow them to expand future leadership capacity within trade unions.

“We can see from the ongoing level of interest in these activities that leadership is an area which unions are keen to develop at all levels.”


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.
  • Union Learning Representatives help union members get access to training, new skills and personal development. They liaise directly with fellow workers, employers and training providers to identify a range of learning opportunities and make them available to the workforce. Unions and Union Learning Reps provide learning and skills support to many of the 600,000 trade unionists in Scotland who are affiliated to the STUC.
  • 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.

For further information please contact:

Jennifer Payne, Marketing Officer

Scottish Union Learning

Tel: 0141 337 8130