The ULF was set up by the government in 1998 to promote activity in unions to support their objective of creating a learning society.
At ATL we have been part of the union learning fund for ten years and have supported thousands of ATL members in accessing learning opportunities, developing professionally and personally and finding out how and what they could learn. We were awarded the quality award for progression and professional development from unionlearn in 2010.
April 2016 saw the start of ATL's project for Round 17. The priorities in the bid are to support workforce development of further education college staff and strengthen workforce learning infrastructure of colleges to develop, understand, deliver and sustain high quality vocational learning routes.
The project also aims to progress vocational education tutors to level 2 maths and English functional skills and disseminate information, guidance and expertise to school staff around apprenticeships/traineeships/functional skills/paths to progression.
Furthermore, the project will build on the above strands of work with a new strand of partnership working with the Education and Training Foundation (ETF), Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) and higher education institution researchers to develop and establish a practitioners' network and stronger sense of professionalism amongst vocational educators.
You can find out more about Unionlearn on their website.