Trade union learning representatives in Britain: policy innovation in VET

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Author: Stuart, Mark


The 2002 British Employment Act (Section 43) conferred statutory rights on a new breed of trade union representatives: trade union learning representatives (ULRs). As of 2003 some 7,500 trade unionists have been trained as ULRs, with estimates projecting a network of over 22,000 by 2010 bringing a quarter of a million people into learning. Not surprisingly, the expectations of ULRs amongst policy makers are high. ULRs, it is claimed, offer the potential of increased learning opportunities for individual workers, new members for trade unions and improved performance for employers. Yet, to...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Labour market; Teaching and learning; Industry; Policy; Employment

Keywords: Union; Educational policy; Training policy; Employees; Employers

Geographic subjects: Europe; Great Britain

Published: Melbourne, Victoria: CEET, 2004

Physical description: 7 p.

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Conference number: 8th

Date: 2004

Place: Melbourne, Victoria

Statement of responsibility: Mark Stuart

Resource type: Conference

Document number: TD/TNC 91.119

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