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.


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.

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Skills News

The right and opportunities to retrain and reskill
Community - August 1st, 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
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Let’s invest in the skills of our young workers
Kate Dearden - July 15th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Young workers today are growing up in a unique environment. Economic shifts – brought on both by rapidly developing technology, globalisation and the looming threat [...]
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Training to be a Mental Health First Aider
Charlotte Edwards - July 12th, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
Charlotte Edwards attended a Mental Health First Aid course held at Tata Port Talbot in January 2020. The course was organised by Lisa Francis, Learning [...]
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Delivering mental health training across the U.K.
Community - June 18th, 2021 | Reading Time: 4 minutes
At Community Learn, we’ve been working closely with workplace representatives and management over recent months to deliver Mental Health Awareness Training. Back in 2017, our [...]
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A fifth of early years education staff set to leave the sector following the pandemic
Community - June 7th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Fears have been raised of a mass exodus in the education and early years sector after a new report published by Voice Community revealed that [...]
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We need to end digital isolation
Jacqueline Thomas - May 31st, 2021 | Reading Time: 3 minutes
It is no exaggeration to say that when we went into lockdown last year, people who lacked digital connections were totally cut off. During the [...]
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Amanda De Leon Capdesuner - May 22nd, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
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The future for workers and tech
Anna Mowbray - May 14th, 2021 | Reading Time: 6 minutes
Anna Mowbray presented the findings of Community’s report, ‘Sharing the Future: Workers and Technology in the 2020s’, at the Challenging Tech symposium, hosted by Cardiff [...]
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Addressing the skills challenge: Our Skills Assessment findings
Kate Dearden - May 10th, 2021 | Reading Time: 5 minutes
At Community we believe access to learning is a basic right. Education builds confidence, self-esteem and dignity; it is the key to success in our [...]
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New learning agreement signed
Community - April 15th, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 minutes
Community have recently signed a Learning agreement with Preston based organization Kind Communities. Kind Communities aim to empower members of the community who might belong [...]
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