Everyday Skills

Everyday Skills

Scottish Union Learning defines Everyday Skills as the language, literacy, numeracy and basic IT and digital skills required both in the workplace and at home. Everyday Skills activity also includes English language learning for those who do not have English as their first language and support for learners who may have dyslexia and/or other learning differences and abilities.

Scottish Union Learning works with Scottish Government, Dyslexia Scotland, Education Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, Learning Link Scotland, Workers’ Educational Association, CLD National Numeracy Network, Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework, and other partners, to raise awareness of and identify means of support for Everyday Skills.

Scottish Union Learning supports Everyday Skills at various events with union reps and ULRs throughout the year, such as the SUL Learning Conference, SUL Everyday Skills Event, STUC Congress and STUC Equalities Conferences. Everyday Skills is also promoted through the Everyday Skills Group which meets quarterly, Development Fund/Learning Fund projects, Learning Fund-only projects, and ULR Development Days.

SUL Everyday Skills Group

The SUL Everyday Skills Group promotes Scottish Government strategies and policies such as the Scottish Adult Learning Strategy 2022-2027, STEM Education and Training Strategy (2017), and Cyber Resilient Scotland: strategic framework (2021) to unions. The Group is comprised of members of affiliated unions, Dyslexia Scotland, and Workers’ Educational Association. The Group also promotes and works with unions to support national learning campaigns such as Book Week Scotland, National Numeracy Day, Maths Week Scotland, and Dyslexia Awareness Week. The Group meets quarterly to discuss all aspects relating to adult learning in the workplace, as well as cyber resilience and digital skills. The Group also contributes to planning and organising the SUL Everyday Skills Event, which takes place in February each year.

For further information, email Catherine Garvie.

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