The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) have funded our work with trade unions and employers through the Scottish Union Learning Fund and this has enabled us to work in partnership with other trade unions to deliver workplace learning across a number of industries.
in 2019-20 we have worked in partnership with several unions including USDAW, UNISON, UNITE, PCS, POA, Community and AEGIS
Some examples of relevant courses the WEA can provide are:
To support learners in a range of settings looking to update or learn new digital skills
Delivered in a variety of settings, these informal courses upskill people and boost confidence by helping participants gain new skills in the use of digital devices used in both work and home life, such as tablets and mobile phones. Individuals have the opportunity to address specific needs around their own devices. Learners are encouraged to work together and
support each other’s learning.
The aims of offering learning opportunities in the workplace are to remove barriers to participation to those in low paid and low skilled roles. WEA’s mission to reach those who could benefit most. Workplace learning is a very valuable route into adult learning and offers opportunities to build skills and confidence.
The Reach Out project aims to help those who engage improve literacy and numeracy skills, reduce social isolation, improve mental and physical health, improve IT skills and employability chances. This is all done through facilitating various classes/courses as appropriate. The project is student led/student centred and the courses are facilitated through student input, ideas and help.
The project is open to both males and females, aged 16+.
Our open programmes and courses usually have a small fee to attend which is paid for by the individual learners. They are generally advertised to the general public and could be organised either by a member of our staff or through our student groups, branches and local associations. To keep the costs low for individuals, some are subsidised by our local authority partners through Service Level Agreements.
The basic I.T. course gives those who have no I.T. skills or are simply in need of a refresher the chance to learn computer skills in a supportive, caring and flexible environment. This course improves literacy and numeracy skills as well as IT skills and ultimately can lead on to improved confidence and self-esteem.