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Amey March 2014 Learning Newsletter

16 March 2014

As part of the Spring into Learning initiative running right across TSSA, the Union Learning Reps are........

  •  publicising details of the free Speed Reading Course we have negotiated for TSSA members with our partner provider UoLearn – see full details on the TSSA website.
  • promoting the free opportunity to learn how to do basic computer coding  - including creating your own Flappy Bird game – full details on the TSSA website.
  • seeking nominations from our members for 10 new Union Learning Reps (ULRs) within AMEY.

Calling out for Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

If you believe that trade unions can play an important role in ensuring that people are well trained at work and have good opportunities to develop professionally and personally; if you would like your career aspirations treated with respect; if you want to support your colleagues achieve their learning goals; would like to be involved with setting up courses like this Speed Reading course or around your own career development; can communicate well; and you are prepared to undertake training in the role, then you are definitely one of the reps we are looking for!


What exactly does a Union Learning Rep (ULR) do?

ULRs are supported both by the Lead ULR in AMEY as well as full time TSSA Organisers. They typically represent all colleagues in their workplace or hub area. The role includes:

• Finding out what your colleagues want training on and building campaigns & influencing strategies to convince the employer to carry out this training or contacting local colleges and providers to set up courses

• Recruiting new members and communicating with existing members about learning campaigns and engaging more people in learning

• Setting up informal activities such as book clubs or photography groups to get more colleagues involved

• Playing a part in setting the agenda, working to get more accredited training, making access fairer and widening participation in all kinds of education and learning

Full training for the role is provided by the TSSA through our comprehensive training programme. Release from your job will be given to undertake both training and union rep duties.

Can I get more information?

Of course! For more info about the role of the local ULR talk to Paul Messenger, Lead ULR, or have a look at the TSSA website area on learning at Contact Paul as Lead ULR via .

I’m already convinced! What do I do next?

Nominations are open to all TSSA members of all grades. Or simply complete the attached ULR nomination document and return to Alan Valentine, TSSA Senior Regional Organiser preferably via email ( or at the address on the form by March 31st:
Amey ULR Nomination Form

Vacancies are currently available at: Cheltenham, Birmingham, Bristol, Swindon, York, Newcastle, Doncaster, Manchester, Scotland, Wales. There is some flexibility on locations, so if you are interested but the locations don’t reflect your work areas, please do contact us.

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