We have trawled the internet to bring you a comprehensive list of links to organisation which will assist you in your learning journey, all the below providers offer free courses.
URTU – your union
Keep abreast of all your union news and find out what services that URTU provides you with.
Along with another 53 Trades Unions, URTU is affiliated to the TUC (Trades Union Congress) and this is the umbrella organisation representing interests of all unions.
The TUC is “the voice of Britain at work”. With 54 affiliated unions representing 6.2 million working people from all walks of life, we campaign for a fair deal at work and for social justice at home and abroad.”
Find out more at www.tuc.org.uk
Unionlearn is the learning and skills organisation within the TUC. Their website is specifically geared to provide resources, information and advice to ULRs and learners.
workSMART, from the TUC, is here to help today’s working people get the best out of the world of work. It covers topics such as: Your rights, your health, your money, your career and Your Company. Take a look on www.worksmart.org.uk
There are some excellent free ICT for Beginners resources available:
There are lots of good step by step resources and all you need to do is register and away you go.
Try http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise to access first rate resources and information mainly geared at improving your safe use of the internet. Excellent and also free.
UK Online Centres
If you need some support ask your ULR or URTU project worker, or pop into your workplace learning centre if you have one you can also find your nearest UK Online centre where you can get support and encouragement. Have a look on www.ukonlinecentres.com
There are offers from Tribal, online educational specialists who work in partnership with unionlearn and a whole range of short Vocationally Recognised Qualifications ( VRQs) http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/resources/learning-centres
Alison – Free online courses
Open Culture – Free cultural and educational media on the web
WEA – Workers Education Association, part time adult educational courses
Leicester College – Free distant learning courses
NCCP – Free Functional Skills Courses
BBC Skillswise has some very attractive resources to help people with their English and maths. There is a host of factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to help improve your skills. It’s quite basic, but getting the basics right is so important.
Free online language learning: courses, audio, video and games, including the alphabet, phrases, vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, activities and tests. Have a go at Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and more!
Livemocha offers free online language learning, lessons, and other language learning activities. Our free language lessons are available in 35 languages.
Duolingo offers free online language learning
You will be surprised at how many interesting topics are available to access free of charge. Here are some examples.
Choose a high quality free course from a range of topics; from Science & Technology to Arts & Humanities, from Body & Mind to Business & Management.
Free online learning from The Open University. OpenLearn gives you free access to course materials and expert opinion on topical issues. You will find hundreds of course to choose from and all with the highly regarded Open University quality brand.
The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds. NIACE strongly support union learning and are the lead organisation for the Festival of Learning
Campaign for Learning
Their vision and mission are:
- To create a society where active participation in learning is recognised as the key to improving life chances and fulfilling potential
- To help improve the life chances of people least likely to learn by promoting and facilitating active participation in learning
- The Campaign also strongly support union learning and lead on Learning at Work Week
Free careers advice is available to everyone via the National Careers Service.
In partnership with the national Careers Service, the unionlearn learning and careers advice service is a free, impartial, confidential service which helps people to develop new skills, improve their job prospects or change jobs – See more at
Supporting Learners with the Union Climbing Frame
The union learning Climbing Frame is a free online resource that provides Union Learning Reps (ULRs) with information about a range of learning themes, as well as a facility to store information about their sessions with learners. This allows them to work with learners to create a ‘climbing frame’ of actions that can help them achieve their learning goals
Find out how this can help ULRs and union learners at: