Denis Ashton, GMB ULR at Warrington Borough Council sent in this article about how ULR activity is helping colleagues with their learning.
GMB Member and Street Scene employee Jason Jones, shown here receiving his nomination Certificate for Learner of the Year, is proof of the impact and benefit of the work undertaken by Union Learner Representatives at Warrington Borough Council.
Jason's story started when he attended a Union run learning awareness day in 2010 at the Hawthorne Avenue depot. He spoke to his Union Learner Reps (ULRs) about assistance with his English and Maths. After a short assessment ULRs helped Jason get on to a Skills for Life course at Warrington Collegiate. His tutors found that Jason is dyslexic and provided a bespoke learning programme which has seen him go from strength to strength.
"When I first went to the Collegiate, I was very nervous and shy. Since I have been going I have enjoyed learning Maths, English, working on the computer, writing letters, sending emails and much more. I love doing my homework and can't wait for the next class. It has encouraged me to join my local library to help with my reading. I have more confidence and enjoy learning things every week. The tutors are fantastic and dedicated to helping people like me. With my new found confidence I am now waiting to start my NVQ Level 2 which I would never have dreamt of doing a few years ago."
The ULR activity at Warrington continues to be supported by the GMB Reach Out team.
Project Worker Pete Callaghan said:
"It's fantastic to hear Jason's story and it just goes to highlight the great work all the ULRs are doing within the Council"