Following on from a successful recent event when Manchester Learning Project lead Steve Lynch and North West Learning Organiser Steve Swift went to Nottingham to talk about the learning work taking place in the North West and to share best practice, UNISON colleagues from Derby and Nottingham branches, plus East Midlands Regional Learning Development Organiser Gavin McCann, came to Manchester to see the two Steves and to discuss how the learning programme, which is embedded in the city council’s development work, could be rolled out in their areas.
The group, completed by Jayne Barry from Derbyshire UNISON and Hannah Slade, lead ULR from Nottingham branch, chatted with Mike Lancashire, Project Manager in the HR/OD Strategy Team, Pete Owens, who undertakes a lot of the functional skills assessments, Steve Lynch and Steve Swift about the mainstreaming of the project and how it had been achieved, plus the lifelong learning work that has been done in the last year.
The group then saw the learning centre and heard how it was being used, before travelling to Newton Heath to look in on the busy community Yes Centre which has been such a success in providing residents with information, a place to get advice and opportunities into work.
Jayne enjoyed the day and will be taking some of the ideas back to her branch and the County Council; “It was great to see what other regions are doing and I think it would be great to have a meeting in Derbyshire with the Council to talk about what can be achieved.”
Hannah had this to add; “It’s always great to share good practice and I’m sure we’ll be in contact soon to help each other out.”
Steve Lynch summed up the day “The project here in Manchester works very well and we achieve a lot for learning; there is a lot more to come, we have invested in a pop up classroom through Union Learning Funding and should be coming to do some learning near you very soon!”