Skills

At Community’s biennial delegate conference in 2019, members of the union came together to decide our priorities for the year ahead. Skills was an issue that really resonated with the delegates, and they took the decision that it should be a priority campaign for the union.

By working with members across our sectors, the campaign will focus activity with employers, government, local councils, as well as stakeholders in the skills space.

SKILLS

Conference notes that skilled employment is vital to our economy, often providing well paid and decent work. However, government expenditure on education and training continues to fall. Conference also notes that British employers are spending 50% less on training per employee than the EU average.
Conference believes that with the changing world of work, some jobs are being automated and that the people working in those jobs will need to reskill to find new work. Conference further believes that trade unions like Community have a responsibility to be at the forefront of campaigning for and securing better skills provision.

Conference calls on Community to:

• Lobby the government for better skills provision, including but not limited to; free college courses for people who have left employment, increasing the amount of ringfenced money for training that can be accessed by local councils and the creation of new lifelong learning opportunities.

• Call on employers to recognise the importance of and provide; transferable skills, reskilling opportunities and well-paid apprenticeships.

• Work with local councils to increase the skills provision in their area.

• Continue working to understand the impact of technological change on workers through the Commission on Workers and Technology.

• Push for more, and better paid apprenticeships.

• Lobby the Ministry of Justice to ensure adequate training and skills are being offered to prisoners to reduce reoffending and increase the likelihood of prisoners finding work after prison.

• Ensure all our members have access to skills-based learning and the opportunity to retrain.

• Run a skills audit, identifying where skills gaps lie and how we can prepare those workers to take the steps to upskill and/or retrain.

Want to get involved in shaping our campaign? Get in touch: skillsgroup@community-tu.org.



Skills News

Making workers voices heard
Anna Mowbray - February 26th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
We want to change the culture in workplaces up and down the country so that workforces are always involved in developing ideas and making decisions [...]
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What is good work?
Anna Mowbray - February 25th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Technology can make work safer, more interesting or more creative. But for some, technology makes work worse because of the social isolation, insecurity, or exploitation.
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The support to adapt to the future
Anna Mowbray - February 23rd, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Every worker should have the freedom and the opportunity to get new skills. The world of work is changing. 80% of the people who will [...]
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A fair share in the rewards
Anna Mowbray - February 19th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
The UK has a lot of potential - we’re a world leader in AI innovation. We believe that done right, technology change in workplaces can [...]
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COVID-19 and the future of work
Anna Mowbray - February 16th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Those affected need immediate support: people who have been made redundant, self-employed people whose work has dried up and young people leaving education.
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How my apprenticeship opened up opportunities
Megan Edwards - February 11th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
For National Apprenticeships Week I thought that I would share my own experience of what it was like to be an apprentice, why I applied [...]
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Automation in the workplace: a member story
Community - February 3rd, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
We talk to Andy Campbell, Traffic Controller for British Steel about how training and qualifications have made him more confident about moving onto other industries [...]
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Skills and further education White Paper doesn’t go far enough
Community - January 21st, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
This morning the government published the ‘Skills for Jobs White Paper’, detailing the planned reforms for post-16 education. Kate Dearden, Head of Research, Policy and [...]
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How learning agreements transform workplaces
Lisa Francis - January 7th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Learning agreements are something that Community Learn have been negotiating for and implementing at workplaces for many years. But what is the importance and relevance [...]
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Podcast: Sharing the future
Community - December 17th, 2020 | Reading Time: 18 minutes
Community and the Fabian Society partnered on a project known as the Commission on workers and technology. This week the Commission launched it’s final report [...]
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