The URTU Learning project has been created to assist and guide every individual in all aspects of learning to unlock their full potential. The project aims are to support workplaces and communities to promote learning and assist learners.
Trade union learning is recognised as being a crucial factor in the development of skills within the Scottish workforce. Everyone can benefit from improving their everyday skills. If we don’t use our skills regularly we are at risk of losing them. Many people leave school with a range of skills and qualifications but may not have used them since. These skills could therefore become ‘rusty’ over a period of time. Brushing up on these everyday skills would be beneficial and help them to become more confident in what they do at work and at home.
In addition, there are many migrant workers in Scotland who need to understand important information, like Health and Safety notices, and would benefit greatly from learning, and improving their language skills. By improving your Everyday Skills you can motivate learners and increase work productivity.
There are around one million adults in Scotland who lack basic digital skills, yet 90% of all jobs now require these skills. It is estimated that around 35% of current jobs in the UK could become automated over the next 20 years.
Digital skills are part of the everyday skills people need. The Scottish Union Learning Everyday Skills programme has been awarded funding from Scottish Government to deliver a digital skills project. This project will enable unions to further develop workplace learning opportunities around digital skills, encourage greater employer engagement, and subsequently lead to an overall increase in digital participation in Scotland.
There are also learners who left school without obtaining these everyday skills. This could be due to a variety of reasons; perhaps they encountered health or family issues and were not able to attend school regularly; maybe they have dyslexia or other learning difficulties which were not recognised at school. Giving people opportunities to learn as adults enables them to take greater control over their lives and this is where the URTU Learning project can help.
The URTU Learning project can enable learners to achieve these skills. If you would like further information please contact a member of the project Team