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Digital Unions: Filming and Editing Course with Community the Union

A ten week filming and editing course was developed in partnership with the Scottish Union Learning Digital Unions project, Community the Union, WEA and Stuart Platt, digital film-maker to produce an inclusive and accessible short film, to promote the health and well-being of workers at the RSBi factory in Glasgow.

Additional learning support was provided throughout the programme by WEA’s Glasgow Workplace Literacies tutor who is funded by Glasgow’s Integrated Grants Fund.

Originally, it was planned to deliver the course over six weeks but the timescale was extended to ten weeks to offer extra support for the workers who had additional learning needs. The course took place from April to the end of June 2017 and was delivered with a small group of admin assistants and machine operators.

The main benefits of the training for the workers were opportunities to:

• Develop their planning, communication and team building skills
• Gain practical skills on the use of cameras, lighting, sound and drones, and experience of editing
• Increase their confidence levels

This was the first time RSBi workers were provided with the opportunity to get hands-on with specialised media equipment and access to this type of training; they were only able to do so with funding from Scottish Union Learning’s Digital Unions project.

As a result of the course, further additional training is being explored by RSBi to provide all their union reps with the skills to blog about their experiences.

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Case Study: Linda Halford, ULR Orkney

The ULR role is recognised as being the cornerstone of trade union learning, nowhere more so than in the Highlands and Islands, where smaller workplaces may have only one ULR or the ULR may cover several workplaces. Kirkwall based Linda Halford, who has been a ULR for UNISON since 2014, typifies the ‘can-do’ approach and love of learning that characterise ULRs who successfully bring union members and employers together to deliver mutually beneficial workplace learning. In her main job as a part-time residential Social Care Assistant in Supported Accommodation, Linda supports adults with extra learning needs in their own home, working a three-week rolling rota with shifts ranging up to 24 hours at a time. Linda credits her past Branch Secretary, Karen Kent, with encouraging her to become a ULR, after she asked Linda to represent the Branch at the Scottish Union Learning Conference in Dundee in 2014. Linda said: “Knowing my interest with training, Karen thought I might enjoy right she was, I got hooked!” Once back in Orkney, Linda set about organising two cross-union certificated Basic IT and Computer courses through the local college, funded by the Learning Fund, plus a Your Skills Your Future course funded by UNISON, for its members.

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Case Study: National Union of Journalists Engages Modern Apprentices

Daisy Smith was a 17-year-old school leaver when she responded to an advert for an NUJ-supported Modern Apprenticeship in digital journalism with STV. She applied for the role as she wanted real, practical experience in a working environment. With the support of the NUJ, she embarked on her training as a journalist at STV and Forth Valley College.

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Case Study: Community the Union and Respecting Diversity

Community Union has recently established a union/management Joint Learning Committee in Whistl (formerly TNT Post) based in Tannochside, Uddingston. The Committee has quickly taken off, and the union and management worked together on organising courses with an initial focus on health and well-being, and better employee relations. This began with a short workshop style course in September 2016 called ‘Respecting Diversity in the Workplace’ which was delivered as three one day sessions to more than 20 learners, including senior staff members, all of whom were given release from work to attend.

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Modern Apprenticeship Case Studies

This second edition of the Modern Apprenticeship Case Studies publication has a greater focus on equalities. As
outlined in the ‘Modern Apprenticeship Toolkit’, there continues to be a problem with gender based occupational
segregation and under-representation of women, BME and disabled workers on the programme.This publication aims to demonstrate that this need not be the case and that good trade union and employment practice can be built on to ensure that the make-up of the workers on Modern Apprenticeships reflects the
demographics of Scotland.

These case studies were gathered by Scottish Union Learning during visits to workplaces across Scotland. The examples cover many aspects of Modern Apprenticeships including levels, workplaces and industries and the role of unions. The examples included give reflective snapshots of union engagement with the Modern Apprenticeship programme, but are not an exhaustive collection.

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