Young Workers' Project

The Young Workers' Learning Project delivers courses that give young and precarious workers the skills to build collective power and take control of their work. Hosted by the STUC on behalf of affiliated unions, it supports other STUC initiatives including the Better than Zero campaign, the STUC Youth Committee, and the Unions into Schools project, and helps facilitate educational opportunities for young workers across unions.

Focusing on sectors where union membership is low, spread over a number of trade unions and none, there is a clear demand for learning amongst workers whose employment and lack of union recognition makes it financially and organisationally difficult to access training.

In 2018, the project is running a programme of events aimed at building control, based on the theme of ‘Controlling the Future’. These include:

  • A "Take Control" leadership course in August 2018, which taught young precarious workers how to build confidence and consensus amongst colleagues to challenge exploitation in their workplace and win change;
  • A volunteer organising course in October 2018, organised in partnership with Living Rent, that was designed to provide the tools and knowledge to campaign and improve organising;
  • Plans to celebrate Book Week Scotland with ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ one man magic show event on 9 December 2018 at the STUC; and
  • A programme of events at the University of Strathclyde themed as 'Chasing the Future?' to take place between 5-13 December 2018, which includes workshops on topics such as 'Philosophies of Work', 'Exploring Feminism through Zines and Cartoons', 'The Truth about Rent, work and reproduction', 'Forgotten Resistance through Fiction and Biography', and 'Who holds the Camera - Film and Cinema'.

 

For more information about the project, any of the events, or to book a place, please contact Claire Peden, Project Worker, STUC Young Workers' Project, at cpeden@stuc.org.uk.

Related resources

Book Week Scotland - Young Workers' Project Download this flyer and join us to celebrate Book Week Scotland with ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ one man magic show event on 9 December 2018 at the STUC, organised by the STUC Young Workers' Project.

Chasing the Future? Download the programme of events at the University of Strathclyde themed as 'Chasing the Future?' to take place between 5-13 December 2018, which includes workshops on topics such as 'Philosophies of Work', 'Exploring Feminism through Zines and Cartoons', 'The Truth about Rent, work and reproduction', 'Forgotten Resistance through Fiction and Biography', and 'Who holds the Camera - Film and Cinema'.

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