Union Learning Reps

Since their creation in 1998, Union Learning Reps (ULRs) have taken learning into the workplace, providing information and support for members wishing to access learning and improve their skills.

Most branches have a network of ULRs who organise and support learning in the workplace. ULRs are trained to support adults who might want to return to learning and provide member-focused learning and support.

Research by the Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter found that:

  • 88% of CWU learners felt that their union was either extremely important or very important in supporting their learning
  • 91% of participants in union learning were more enthusiastic about learning
  • 87% were more confident in their abilities
  • 87% were more likely to undertake further learning and training in future
  • 77% felt that union learning had given them new skills that they might use in their current job
  • 67% felt that they had gained new skills that they might use to get a new job or promotion

If you want to consult a ULR about learning opportunities, please check your workplace noticeboards or contact your branch office.

If you are interested in becoming a ULR, please contact your branch office. All new ULRs receive training and become part of our branch, regional and national support networks.

You can find out more about the role of the ULR in the ULR Toolkit.