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Report reviews role of union learning reps in North West

Union learning representatives in North West workplaces are playing crucial roles with employers and workers to tackle the region's skills crisis, according to a new report published by unionlearn the TUC's learning and skills organisation.

With over 4,000 union learning reps (ULRs) the North West region contains a quarter of the total in England.

Learning reps are active with many leading employers in the region including: Merseytravel, Warrington Borough Council, Royal Mail, Burton's Foods, Blackpool Council, and the Co-op Group.

The new report examines the role of ULRs, unionlearn North West, the Learning and Skills Council, unions and employers in working together to implement the union learning strategy. The report makes key recommendations as to how those partners can support ULRs.

Dave Eva, North West regional manager of unionlearn said: "This is important piece of research reveals what good business, the LSC, the North West Development Agency and unions can do working together. These findings show us how to further support and increase the number of union learning reps in the North West from over 4,000. Union learning in the workplace is good for business, it increases employees' self-confidence and it tackles the skills crisis that the UK is facing."

Unionlearn with the North West TUC and the North West Development Agency (NWDA) commissioned the report. Unionlearn says it support previous research carried out on a national level that shows that a high proportion of union learning reps are new activists, attracted to the educational role.

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