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|Communitas along with the Llanwern multi union recently held an open day to celebrate the launch of a Learning Centre at the |
This has been funded through the Welsh Union Learning Fund.
event took place on the 14th February from 1pm at the newly equipped
centre onsite, alongside Communitas (Lisa Davies Project Officer); Community Union (Robert Edwards Campaign Manager and Megan Edwards Apprentice Administrator), Unite Training, Barry Training Services, Open University, Coleg Gwent and Computer Recyclers also attended.
All providers set up displays and welcomed all attendees.
was a fantastic turnout with people showing a great interest in the
courses on offer. Courses will run onsite very shortly.
would like to thank everyone who attended and the union representatives
whose hard work and devotion made the day such a success.
Barry Training Services
|Community and Communitas|| Coleg Gwent|
|The Justice and Custodial Sector held its first conference/seminar for senior Prison Services Union reps on February 13th at |
The Grange, Earls Barton. The 50 delegates were warmly welcomed to the conference by Community General Secretary Roy Rickhuss and Rob Johnson.
introductions and a Q & A session, the seminar took the form of a
number of plenary sessions along with small working groups convening to
identify and discuss common issues. Communitas
officers, Allan Sharp and Steve Ulyatt gave a well-received
presentation to the plenary on the history and current work of
Communitas, which resulted in invitations from PSU branches to attend
meetings and give practical support to members.
|Alec Leathwood (NEC) and John Whitefoot (National Officer)||Conference Delegates|
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|On the 17th January Premier Trade Frames declared their learning centre open for all employees. Communitas were able to fund the equipment through the Welsh Union Learning Fund and worked closely with HR and Union Representatives to organise the event.|
The CEO of Masco UK Window Group Wayne Devine opened the day by sharing the history of the company with guests.
Providers; WEA Cymru, Barry Training, Coleg Gwent, TUC and Acorn, were invited to speak to workers about what courses they currently have available.
AM for Caerphilly Jeff Cuthbert showed his support by sharing a few
words. The day was a great success with many workers signing up
for a range of courses, showing enthusiasm and excitement towards the
L- R HR Paul Fisher, CEO Wayne Devine, Lisa Davies (Communitas), AM
Jeff Cuthbert and then Branch Secretary Mike Lynch .
|Sean and Leah from Barry Training Services|
Communitas provided an Internet Cafe service on the Community Stand at the 2013 Labour Party Conference
service was provided free of charge throughout the duration of
Conference and over 500 sessions were logged by delegates and visitors.
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Communitas held a Learning Open Day on the 11th September 2013 at the Tata Sports and Social Club.
Eight training providers attended; WEA, Neath Port Talbot Lifelong Learning Centre, Neath Port Talbot College, Acorn, ACT Enhance, TUC, T2 Training and Barry Training. They provided many prospectuses, leaflets and freebies.
Dr Hywel Francis MP showed support by representatives John Slater and Rachel Taylor attending the day on his behalf.
Green from Community Trust donated prizes for the cross-bar challenge,
these being tickets for Cardiff vs Tottenham, new Cardiff City
tracksuit top and a tour around the stadium.
Rob Edwards and Pat Clements from Community Union came down to run a stall and give their backing.
Communitas would like to thank those of you who attended the day and showed your support.
was a great opportunity to meet the local providers and discover what
courses are available and to promote the Welsh Union Learning Fund.
Yorkshire and Humberside ULF project officers, Pauline Thrower and
Steve Ulyatt join the partnership of support organisations who
are working tirelessly to support everyone affected by the redundancies
at Axminster carpets in Devon.
Steve visited the site in March, immediately after the redundancy announcement, along with the Community
regional campaign manager Lorraine Gaskell and Liz Crockett from
the NOT team to assist members with the completion of necessary
redundancy paperwork and to help them to register with Jobcentreplus.
contacting everyone who attended, Steve organised some well-attended
employability skills workshops which were delivered by Pauline and
extremely well received. Help with CV’s, job searching and
'introduction to computing' sessions were also made available
throughout the day by utilising the Communitas mobile learning
Communitas have been warmly welcomed by the volunteer
support groups who appreciate the part to be played by the Trade Union
is essential in ensuring the many and varied issues brought about by
redundancy are dealt with empathetically and professionally. To ensure
that all members and prospective members receive quality support,
further visits by Communitas are planned for the near future.
visits to the other supporting organisations, Steve has produced a list
of planned activities which can be found………here
in Scotland has been successful in securing further funding from the
STUC Scottish Union Learning Development Fund for the next financial
year (2013-2014). This new Project is called: ‘Engaging with Employers to Drive Skills’ and will focus heavily on Employer Engagement and Skills Utilisation.|
Scottish Union Learning Development Fund is a project funded by the
Scottish Government and the European Social Fund with the main aim of
promoting workplace lifelong learning to trade union members throughout
the Learning Fund, Communitas can provide workplace learning/training
for Community members in workplaces throughout Scotland. Some examples
of the types of learning include:
• ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
• Information Technology (IT)
• Sign Language
• Literacy and/or Numeracy
• Employability Skills (CV/Job Applications/Interview Skills)
• Local History
• Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQ)
• Dyslexia Awareness Seminars
you are interested in discussing your or your members learning
opportunities, you can speak to your Union Learning Rep (ULR) or any
other Workplace Reps – or you contact Communitas Region 1 directly on:
01698 304575 / 07718779476 or email@example.com
the announcement in December 2011 that Community members
at Courtaulds Manton Wood
were to be made redundant, discussions took place between the Community
Union branch and Courtaulds regarding support that would be available
to the membership through Communitas
the training arm of the union.
Communitas arranged Information Advice and Guidance sessions for all
staff to ascertain their individuals learning needs.
gave their full support regarding training opportunities being
delivered onsite to Community membership.
Learning Zone a
local training provider was engaged by Communitas to initially deliver
employability skills training; further courses followed in Skills for
Life (literacy and Numeracy) and IT qualifications.
first few weeks uptake of the training was slow due to the site still
being fully operational; however the momentum soon grew and cumulated
in 95% of members engaging in some form of learning that will improve
their employment opportunities.
|On the 27th
June 2012 an award ceremony was held to
achievements of everyone that had taken part,
in total 126 certificates
were presented to members
that had completed courses.
The certificates were presented by Courtaulds Director
Richard Cowlishaw, also present was Rachel Hanson
Ginny Pope (Community Union), Colin Daws( Communitas)
along with Nigel Hennessy and Steve Spencer
from Learning Zone.