The Open University has renewed its learning agreement with UNISON to benefit workers across the UK's public services.
UNISON’s relationship with The Open University first began in 1997. Since then around 7,000 public service employees who belong to the union have enrolled upon a wide range of accredited courses, right up to degree level. Many of the learners have also been able to take advantage of UNISON’s bursary and grant scheme to help with their studies. In addition, hundreds of professional development workshops have helped learners build their skills and confidence in workplaces across the country.
Education a "vital engine" of social mobility
The Open University’s Vice-Chancellor Peter Horrocks said:
“The Open University is proud of its long-established links with UNISON, providing work-based learning that empowers and improves the skills of hundreds of people every year.
The ability to learn and earn is not just key to tackling the UK's slow growth and low productivity, but it is also a vital engine of social mobility. We are delighted to cement our links with UNISON.
Opening up new learning opportunities
UNISON’s head of learning and organising services, Teresa Donegan said:
Renewing this agreement ensures that workers who left school without many qualifications don’t lose out in the education and training stakes. By continually opening up new learning opportunities, it gives lower paid staff across our public services the chance to brush up on their skills and apply for more senior, better paid jobs.