Union Learning Fund

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th July 2013.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding was allocated to the Union Learning Fund and unionlearn for 2012–13; what was the percentage increase over the previous year; what are the agreed priorities of those schemes for the current year; and what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the funding in reaching out to non-unionised workplaces.

Photo of Viscount Younger of Leckie Viscount Younger of Leckie The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

In 2012-2013 The Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) awarded £20.210m under a Grant Funding Agreement to unionlearn, the learning and skills organisation of the TUC. The majority of this funding, £14,495,000, is allocated to Union Learning Funded (ULF) projects.

As referenced in Hansard, [HL16654: 23 Apr 2012, Column WA380], the Unionlearn budget for 2012-13 was reduced by 6% (£1.29 million).

As a social partnership unionlearn have an important role to play in support of the Government’s Skills Strategy, Rigour and Responsiveness. The agreed priorities for union learning funded projects for 2013-2014 are:

1. Greater Employer Ownership of the Skills System 2. More sustainable employment for young people 3. Building a High Skills Workforce 4. Driving up Standards and Quality of Skills provision

As yet a full assessment has not been conducted into the effectiveness of reaching out to non-unionised workplaces as it has only been piloted and rolled out by ULF projects in the last round of ULF. An interim evaluation of this work was commissioned by unionlearn and will be published by Campaign for Learning when completed.

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