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 promotes Everyday Skills activity through Development Fund projects, STUC Conferences, Learning Conferences, Everyday Skills Events and Union Rep Development Days.

Scottish Union Learning works with Scottish Government, Education Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland, Learning Link Scotland, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Workers’ Educational Association, and other partners to raise awareness of Everyday Skills needs and suitable means of support.

Everyday Skills Group

Through the Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills Group, unions are encouraged to engage with Scottish Government strategies, such as Adult Literacies in Scotland (ALiS) 2020, Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education and Training Strategy for Scotland, and Safe, Secure and Prosperous: A Cyber Resilience Strategy for Scotland Public Sector Action Plan. Unions are also supported in participating in national initiatives such as Book Week Scotland, Dyslexia Awareness Week, and Maths Week Scotland. The Group is comprised of members from affiliated unions, Scottish Union Learning, Dyslexia Scotland and Workers’ Educational Association. The Group meets quarterly to discuss all aspects relating to workplace literacies, digital participation, cyber resilience and dyslexia; it is also responsible for contributing to the planning of the annual Everyday Skills Event.

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.