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Learning at Work 2015

Our annual workplace Learning at Work events will be taking place for staff in Plaza Tower on Tuesday 10th November and for those in Queensway House throughtout the week of the 9th - 13th November. Details will be circulated in each office.

 

Local reps will be in attendance to discuss all matters PCS, including Workplace issues, Health & Safety and Equalities. Stalls will also be in attendance from the employer to discuss a number of HMRC programmes that may be of interest. We will also be joined by a number of organisations to discuss their work, including Women's Aid, Colleges and Universities.

 

We are also going to be joined by Loaves & Fishes, a local food bank charity run by the father of one of our own reps, Denis Curran, and we would ask anyone who wishes to make a donation to bring these along on the day. All donations will be greatly appreciated, especially as we enter the festive period.

 

If anyone has any questions about Learning at Work Day, or any of the attendees, then please speak to a local rep who will be happy to discuss with you.

University of Strathclyde - Centre for Lifelong Learning

University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Lifelong Learning offers a wide range of classroom, distance and online learning programmes for mature students, mainly over 23 years of age.

 

Your local PCS Union Learning Reps have looked into which courses are available, and have found that there is a wide range of classes, in different subjects, held during the evenings and weekends. These courses can also be delivered in the workplace, depending on how much interest we have in uptake and the availability of tutors from the University.

 

The choices of courses vary from:

 

  • Psychology
  • Genealogy
  • Language
  • Art
  • Creative Art

 

A full list of courses available can be found on the following link:

 

http://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/coursechoices/results?course=&location=&distance=10&provider=University+of+Strathclyde+Centre+For+Lifelong+Learning&sort=Relevance&startdate=2&costmax=-1&startdateval=&rpp=9999&pg=1&type=ilafunded

 

All of these courses are ILA compatible, which means you can apply to get up to £200 a year (you have to reapply for the funding every year) towards the cost of a course and the university will accept the funding as part payment.

 

To be eligible for this funding you must:

 

  • Be 16 or over
  • Be ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • Have an annual income of £22,000 or less, or receive benefits
  • Not have a degree or above, or overseas equivalent
  • Not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education
  • Not be training through the Employability Fund (this replaced the Get Ready for Word and Training for Work National Training Programmes on 1st April 2013) or Modern Apprenticeship

 

 

A group of individuals can also apply for a collective ILA. This would be if a group of individuals all wanted to do the same course and would like to have it delivered in the workplace for convenience.

 

If you would like further information on ILA funding and/or collective ILA funding, please contact your local learning reps today.

 

 

Kris Charnley

 

On behalf of the PCS Learning Team

PCS Union Learning Reps – The Facts

 

The importance of Union Learning Reps within PCS can sometimes be underestimated in some offices, this fact sheet seeks to expand and clarify on the role of a Union Learning Representative.

 

What does the Union Learning Rep actually do?

 

That is a fairly common question amongst members of staff and some reps.

PCS seek to enhance the skills of individuals by encouraging people back into learning to improve their personal and work-related skills. In order to deliver on this objective, the role of the ULR is vital.

 

ULRs help the business and staff to identify their skill levels and provide access to training & development opportunities to help enhance these.

To help achieve this, ULRs build & maintain relationships with local learning providers and help to attain funding for courses.

 

So how can ULRs help?

 

By working closely with our Organising and Learning Services department, Union Learning Reps receive full training to enable them to carry out their duties. Once trained, PCS co-ordinate and ensure a uniform and fully supported approach to the learning needs of all members of staff.

 

The day to day role of the learning rep can involve:

 

  • Offering information and advice on learning opportunities - provided by PCS and Learning providers such as Colleges & Universities (many with recognised learning awards such as SVQs, HNCs and HNDs)

 

  • Advising colleagues on where to find learning resources and potential sources of funding e.g. ILA, SAAS etc

 

  • Distributing questionnaires to find out colleagues’ learning interests and using these as a source of statistics and learning trends

 

  • Where appropriate, advising managers on staff learning interests/take up patterns (while maintaining confidentiality)

 

  • Starting and maintaining a resource base of local learning provision

 

  • Act as a link between members of staff and PCS Organising & Learning Services, advising PCS about the learning interests of our colleagues

 

The Union Learning Representative is a key role within all parts of the business and we encourage full pro-active support from both members and non members.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about learning in your area or are interested in joining our team, please contact one of your local ULRs today.

 


EK Revenue & Customs Branch ULRs

 

DMTC

 

Sandra Muir

Lesley Anne Carruthers

Laura Reilly

Flavio Faccenda

 

Contact Centre

 

Zapher Ali

Pauline Johnston

Alex Wilson

Scott Clark

Frankie Tervit

Kris Charnley

Niall McInnes

Fiona McIntyre

Marion Ley McPhillips

Terri Sneddon

 

Queensway House

 

Kat Fletcher

Fiona Petrie

Ashleigh Watt

Scott McIntyre

James Logan

Ruth Maltman

Neil MacFarlane

Learning Funding

 

Have you ever thought about starting further education or some form of training? It makes sense to think about your finances and plan ahead.

 

Whatever your age, ability or family responsibilities, there are many sources of funding available and one or more of them may apply to you.

 

Funding can come in many forms such as grants, loans or, in some circumstances, free course fees. In most cases, however, your income is assessed to see what you would be entitled to and there is different support available depending on the type of course you want to do.

 

So where do I start?

 

The Scottish Government produced a guide to funding, Helping you meet the costs of learning and training 2013/14. This contains all the information you need to be sure you’re getting all the support you are entitled to.

 

 It covers:

 

  • Full-time courses at school or college (16-19 year olds)
  • Full-time further education
  • Full-time higher education
  • Part-time further education
  • Part-time higher education
  • Postgraduate courses
  • Learning while you work

 

The guide is rather long winded, but it has a quick guide included in its pages that gives you an instant picture of what is available and where you might be eligible to apply.

 

Have you thought about an ILA?

 

Individual Learning Account (ILAs) could get you up to £200 towards the cost of a course.

 

To be eligible for an ILA you must:-

 

  • Be 16 or over
  • Be ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • Have an annual income of £22000 or less, or receive benefits
  • Not have a degree or above, or overseas equivalent
  • Not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education
  • Not be training through the Employability Fund (this replaced the Get Ready for Word and Training for Work National Training Programmes on 1st April 2013) or Modern Apprenticeship

 

It’s a great way to pay for learning new skills and because the money it isn’t a loan, you don’t have to worry about paying it back!

 

Not sure if you’re eligible? View the full ILA eligibility checklist here.

 

Or apply now for an ILA online here.