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White TSSA Learning logo smallWelcome to TSSA Learning

TSSA recognises the valuable role that learning and training can play when part of a collective union driven approach to developing a culture of lifelong learning. at, and leading beyond, the workplace.

We know that trade unions have always been at the forefront of campaigning around, and setting up, educational opportunities for working people; enriching their lives and developing their confidence. We are proud to carry on this tradition today as an integral part of our active organising union.

TSSA's Learning Strategy

TSSA Learning is the overall union learning strategy in our Association as well as the overarching name we use for the resources and lay activists involved in learning and organising.

TSSA's Union Learning Reps

TSSA supports large numbers of Union Learning Representatives [ULRs], alongside other company union reps, in their campaigns to:

  • Attract new members through our reps leading discussions & campaigns at the workplace on equal access to learning and [employer] training opportunities.
  • Encourage more members to get involved as union [learning] reps negotiating and co-ordinating professional & personal development opportunities at all levels including around career advice and progression.
  • Develop members’ confidence and job security at work through updating and adding to their skills & knowledge.
  • Introduce collective agreements with employers on study and learning opportunities.
  • Set up quality apprenticeship programmes with full union involvement.

What exactly are TSSA ULRs?

TSSA’s ULRs are elected following the processes used for all reps in their company. They are expected to work collectively with other reps in the company not only to promote and distribute learning initiatives but also to support wider TSSA activities. We also encourage ULRs to attend Branch meetings and give learning reports as regular agenda items. Find out more about becoming a ULR here:

  The role of the ULR

Our senior learning activists - Lead ULRs

In employers where we have signed a learning Agreement we seek to negotiate additional release for a TSSA Lead ULR. Their job is to

  • Lead on specific initiatives covering more than one geographical / business area
  • Co-ordinate, mentor and support the TSSA local ULRs
  • Act as a central point of contact for the employer including on notification of:
    • ULR election/appointment & withdrawal, training status and release
    • Co-ordinate, chair & service regular ULR forums
    • Attend joint Learning Steering Committees with the employer, and act as its Chair / Secretary as agreed, to negotiate learning opportunities for employees within the bargaining agenda in the areas of learning and employer provided vocational training and development plans.


To find out more about union learning or ULRs in your company, contact TSSA Learning on 020 7529 8049 or via

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