Union reps are shining example
20th March 2009 3:57pm - Return to press releases
Two union representatives who work with East Riding College narrowly missed out on a national award at a prestigious awards ceremony this week.
Ian Robinson, from Beverley, and Gary Barker, from Goole, were shortlisted in the special award category for union learning representatives at the Get On (GO) Awards at the Plaisterer's Hall in London. Both are UNISON union learning reps working for the Environment Agency.
They were shortlisted in recognition of the work they have done to encourage their union members to gain IT, literacy and numeracy skills at the College's Trades Union Studies Centre in St James Street, Hull.
The ceremony came shortly after East Riding College's own annual awards, at which Ian and Gary were presented with awards in the Trades Union Studies category.
Dave Parr, the College's head of curriculum for Trades Union Studies, said: "Ian and Gary have used the skills they gained while studying at the Trade Union Studies Centre to engage their union colleagues in learning in quite a remarkable way.
"Every Monday morning, our car park is full of white Environment Agency Land Rovers and the centre is full of manual workers gaining qualifications in IT, literacy and numeracy.
"They are a credit to their union and a shining example of what a union learning rep can achieve for their members."
The Get On (GO) campaign, led by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, supports the national skills for life strategy and encourages organisations to take a more proactive, sustained and strategic approach to workplace skills for life. The GO Awards recognise and celebrate the success of organisations and individuals that have made a significant contribution to the skills for life agenda in their organisation.
For more information about skills for life courses, call the College on 0845 120 0037 or visit www.eastridingcollege.ac.uk, click on "courses", "part-time" and then "Key and Basic Skills".
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