Learning at work with new agreement between University of Bristol and Unions

The University of Bristol has signed a new agreement with Unite and Unison to support staff development.

The new learning agreement coincides with Bristol becoming England’s first UNESCO Learning City – part of a world-wide network that champions learning as a way to transform lives, communities, organisations and cities.

The agreement, which was signed by Regional Officer Martin Hatter on behalf of Unite, Pat French, Assistant Branch Secretary from UNISON and Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice Chancellor for the University, will support employees in accessing workplace learning, ranging from computer courses through to vocational qualifications to further professional development.

Helen Woods, Staff Development Manager at the University, said:

“The Union learning agreement complements the staff development offer already in place at the University and extends the range of training available for our staff. The agreement will also make it easier for staff to access lifelong learning opportunities, showing our commitment to developing a positive working environment for all.”

Matt Gillett, Unite Learning Organiser, said:

“It’s great news for those working at the University and is thanks to the hard work and support of Unite Branch reps, our colleagues in UNISON and the employer.

The new learning agreement will give people the chance to refresh their skills and gain new qualifications, and shows how key the contribution of unions is to making this happen and support learning at work.”

Unions hope that the new agreement will lead to staff taking up opportunities to develop skills that will support not only career development, but also learning for enjoyment.