Partners and learning resources

Links to partner websites and online learning resources.

FutureLearn - Learning Online

Resources to help you prepare for learning online.

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FutureLearn - Employability Skills Development

Free online resources for improving employability skills.

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The Open University - Union Learning

The OU in Scotland and the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding on 19 April 2021, setting out a range of collaborative activity which will open up training opportunities for the 540,000 Scottish workers who are trade unionists, the members of 39 affiliated trade unions and 20 Trades Union Councils.


City & Guilds

City & Guilds is the UK's leading vocational awarding body. If you are looking for information about vocational qualifications, this site is well worth a visit.


Fair Work Convention

Fair work is work that offers all individuals an effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect. It balances the rights and responsibilities of employers and workers. It generates benefits for individuals, organisations and society.



They offer a diverse selection of courses from leading universities and cultural institutions from around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop.


Get Online @ Home

The easy place to get your first, very affordable and internet ready computer. This offer is aimed individuals who receive certain benefits. Please visit the getonline@home website for further details.


LEAD Scotland

Lead Scotland (Specialists in Linking Education and Disability) is a voluntary organisation set up to widen access to learning for disabled young people and adults and carers across Scotland.


Learn My Way

Provided by Good Things Foundation, Learn My Way is a website of free online courses for beginners, helping you develop digital skills to make the most of the online world.


Open Educational Practices in Scotland: Short courses

This collection has a number of short courses and articles which will help develop your understanding, skills and knowledge of online learning and how to facilitate online learning opportunities.



Everything on the multi-award winning OpenLearn is free to everyone. Dive in and start learning!


OpenLearn Create

OpenLearn Create is an innovative leading open educational platform where individuals and organisations can publish their open content, open courses and resources.


OpenLearn: Revisiting Red Clydeside

In January 2019 Glasgow Trades Council joined with Open University to mark the centenary of the Red Clydeside at an event in George Square, Glasgow. Open University developed this OpenLearn educational resource as part of the centenary event.


OpenLearn: Women and Scottish Railway History

The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), together with The Open University in Scotland and Scottish Union Learning, have developed a collection of learning materials in relation to the role of women in Scottish railway history, highlighting in particular the contribution of railway women to trade union struggles within the industry.


OpenLearn: Women and Workplace Struggles: Scotland 1900-2022

This collection of learning materials is primarily concerned with exploring women’s (often hidden) role in struggles in the workplace across Scotland over the period from around 1900 until the 2020s.


Scottish Book Trust

Scottish Book Trust is a national charity that believes books, reading and writing have the power to change lives.


Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

The SCQF is the national qualification framework for Scotland. It is a way of comparing the wide range of Scottish qualifications, and covers achievements such as those from school, college, university, and many work-based qualifications.


Skills Development Scotland

Skills Development Scotland is delivering an all-age service drawing on a combination of face-to-face, web-based and telephone services to meet individual needs, while those requiring extra support will receive one-to-one coaching.

The interactive web service My World of Work is a key part of this approach, helping people to manage their careers by offering practical advice to help identify strengths, make course choices, build a CV , and choose a career. SDS colleagues are also drawing on innovative new models of career coaching to deliver improved face-to-face and telephone services.

This model aims to give people the best possible chance to secure a fulfilling and sustainable career. The STUC is supportive of these developments and Scottish Union Learning is working with SDS to promote the importance of gaining career management skills to union members and workers throughout Scotland.


Skills Development Scotland - Funding for learning

SDS have information on funding, including Individual Training Accounts, that learners may be eligible for.


The Open University in Scotland: Union members' registration discount

If you are a member of a trade union in Scotland, you may be entitled to a discount on your first Open University module if you register using this link.


Related resources

Dyslexia GuideDyslexia Guide This guide is designed to help Union Learning Reps support and signpost people in the workplace who may have dyslexia, and to encourage them to contact relevant organisations that can provide the expertise required.

Scottish Union Learning Webinars Scottish Union Learning's webinar sessions, hosted on the Crowdcast platform.