Our strategic partnership with the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) and Scottish Union Learning enables us to offer group-based higher education in the workplace, with a number of unions.
Typically the participants are non-traditional learners. We provide modules and, in some instances, structured pathways on to degrees or intermediate qualifications. We have also delivered non-accredited workshop-based courses to over 800 learners. Through this work we have developed a powerful tripartite model of employer-union-university partnership.
Working with Unite the Union and Rolls-Royce, we have been providing opportunities for engineering staff at Rolls-Royce's Scottish sites to study Open University modules and qualifications, in the workplace, for personal and professional development.
Aspiring managers from a range of Highlands and Islands' workplaces including ferries, schools and the police force completed Certificates in Higher Education Open.
Prison Officers in Perth and Polmont have been honing their writing skills with a 12 hour Essay and Report Writing Skills course spread over six weeks. Face-to-face tuition is given on the technical skills needed to plan and produce quality reports and essays, important for communicating both internally and with external agencies.
A bespoke Employability Skills course is being provided to members of the Public and Commercial Services union at offices and locations throughout Scotland.