1. Learning the Hard Way

    Learning the hard way By Jim Thomas When I was first appointed as the Night Shift Shop Steward for the XPO Stone Site.  Which deals with the Sainsbury contract, I asked other colleagues on the other shift to help me keep in contact with all the guys.  The depot works 7 days a week and it is impossible for one person to try and keep in contact with all the troops.  From the people I asked a few came back to me saying they would prefer not to be involved as their reading and writing skills were not that good and they felt that they did not have the confidence.
  2. Making it happen for shift workers at Stone

    Facing up to possible site closures and redundancies is never easy. The XPO site in Stone is facing potential closure in early 2019.  Experienced URTU ULR Jim Thomas knew that many of his fellow workmates could face uncertain futures without support to help them face a changing job market.    Jim has found excellent support at his workplace and he and Kristy Suen and her colleagues from HR on site have been just as keen as Jim to support staff.
  3. Changing the workplace

    Article written by, Martin Moriarty A high-quality Apprenticeship programme can help change a workplace for the better A partnership between road transport union URTU, logistics giant XPO and provider Free2Learn has enabled more than 60 contract, agency and managerial staff at the Weetabix distribution centre in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, to improve their skills by enrolling them on a range of Apprenticeships from Level 2 to Level 5. The programme launched 18 months ago, with close to half the staff at the site currently working on Apprenticeships in warehousing, business administration, team leading and management.
  4. URTU Learning Annual Conference

    This year’s URTU Learning Annual Conference was held at the De Vere Orchard Hotel, Nottingham. The conference opened its doors to not only ULR’s but to all union Lay Representatives, employers and providers. The conference covered two important themes which will impact learners and companies this coming project year. The first theme was the Apprenticeship Levey which comes into effect on the 6th April 2017. The second theme was Digital Inclusion, with the ever expanding growth of technology. How this technology can not only assist able people in their lives, but how it has a greater advantage to people with disabilities.
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