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'Union Learning Works' booklet launched

12 December 2011

'Union Learning Works' is a case study booklet that seeks to highlight the significant involvement of unions in developing workers' learning opportunities in Northern Ireland.


Produced by the Northern Ireland Union Learning Fund, the booklet describes how TSSA has been able to offer Translink staff (and their friends and family) the opportunity to develop new skills which can boost their self confidence, selfbelief and can lead to a higher level of motivation.

TSSA has two people representing its case studies; Jennifer Kissick and Naomi Orr. Jennifer readily took the opportunity to learn Sign Language and having seen the benefits of union learning went on to became a Union Learning Rep (ULR) in order to help others to gain the chance of learning new skills. Jennifer has helped to recruit and support Translink staff to learn not only Sign Language but also to develop essential IT skills. Naomi wanted to learn Spanish not simply because she wanted to learn a foreign language, but also to help her on her regular trips to Translink train manufacturer, based in Spain. Gaining new skills can deliver real economic benefits to individuals as well as their employer quite apart from the social side of learning new skills.

To find out more about learning opportunities in Northern Ireland, contact Mark Wilkinson on

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