Cornwall project enters its third
"It's a game of two halves" well, not
in Cornwall. The South West TUC's innovative Learning
Services Project in Cornwall has just launched its third phase
with all the pomp and ceremony normally accorded to the honoring
of the giant pasty at Cornwall rugby matches in Redruth.
Under the slogan: 'Be a Winner! With TUC Learning Services
and an advertising campaign on local radio, the Project is
embarking on an attempt to bring learning to the attention
of every trade union member in Cornwall.
In the 20 months life of the Project, huge progress has been
made. The TUC is now a respected and valued partner in learning
across Cornwall, a growing network of Union Learning Reps
are supporting members' learning needs in workplaces,
a voucher scheme is in place offering the opportunity of free
courses to union members and nearly a thousand people have
already benefited from the Project.
Glyn Ford, MEP for the South West region celebrated this
success by a visit to the Project in January. He was impressed
with the impact the Project had made and congratulated the Project
Team on its hard work. "Boosting skills is essential
if Cornwall is to emerge from its low wage economy. I would
encourage every member of the workforce to think about how
learning can help them in their career and to contact the
TUC in Cornwall for help and advice."
Project Co-ordinator Geoff Hale was pleased to welcome Glyn
to Cornwall and said, "His visit gave recognition
to the value that trade unions have in promoting learning.
With learning, everybody is a winner. Employees improve their
employability and earning potential and employers improve
their productivity and competitiveness. Moreover, Cornwall
gains by becoming a more attractive prospect for inward investment."
Glyn went on to open an Objective One Project, the new TUC
learning centre at Remploy in Pool.
Grease (no Partnership)
is the word
As John Travolta should have sung in that well known documentary
of life in a 60s American High School; when it comes to learning,
partnership is the word.
Creating learning opportunities for trade union members is
a real challenge involving a whole host of different people
but, when it all comes together, you have a magnificent success
on your hands. The recent opening of the Objective One project,
TUC learning centre on one of the Remploy sites in Cornwall
demonstrated the importance of this togetherness.
Remploy is one of the UK's leading employers of people
with disabilities. Initial discussions between Project Worker
Rob Garrett and Plant Manager Roger Heywood identified a willingness
to explore the potential for locating a learning centre in
the factory. The GMB had negotiated a partnership at a national
level with Remploy and Steve Sargeant, the southern area Project
Worker threw his weight behind the proposal. Colin Grey quickly
enrolled on a TUC course to become Remploy's first Union
Learning Rep in Cornwall. Suddenly a Learning Centre seemed
to be a realistic possibility.
Neil Yates, Head of Cornwall College Direct helped with computers
and courses as did Learndirect. Information and advice has
come from the GO4 service that offers this help to adults
in Cornwall and basic skill support has come from Link into
Learning, Cornwall's basic skill providers. Further investment
has come from Objective One, the South West TUC and the Learning
and Skills Council for Devon and Cornwall.
This is real partnership with a whole range of people helping
to create learning opportunities in the workplace for working
people. The Centre was officially opened by Labour MEP Glyn
Ford who commented, "This is an excellent example
of what can be achieved to promote learning and skills when
everybody gets behind a project."
And now we know how many of the Remploy people will be spending
their summer nights.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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