Scottish training funding moves closer

08 October 2007

Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said today that he was ‘delighted’ to have confirmation that stage one of ASLEF’s bid for European Social Fund funding has been successful. ‘You have to be on the ball to access this type of grant,’ Kevin says. ‘It’s a tribute to our union that we’ve made it to this stage.’


The union applied for money to support Union Learning in Highlands and Islands and looks on course to have European funds cover half the staff costs of the exercise. The bid was made with First Scotrail as well as the colleges concerned - Stow College, North Highland College and Inverness College.


The object of the initiative is to ‘meet employee learning needs in the areas of basic literacy, ICT, numeracy and languages as identified by peer workplace Union Learning Representatives. This provision, delivered within participant’s place of employment supplemented by a Virtual Learning Environment under the auspices of the TUC Education Service, will increase the level of job-related skills and reinforce sustainable employment.’


It is intended that the project will run throughout 2008. However, Kevin is not content to sit on his laurels. ‘We’re also hoping to be successful with our bid for the Lowlands,’ he says. ‘We should find out next week how we’ve got on.’

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