The TUC has urged the government to reverse plans to end the Union Learning Fund (ULF) as the union federation says the in-work training scheme will be a “vital plank of building back better” after coronavirus.
Launching a new campaign to save the ULF today, after the government revealed plans to cut off funding in March 2021, the TUC declared that ending the scheme would harm Britain’s post-Covid economy.
The campaign to save the programme, which contributes more to the Treasury each year than it takes out, has received the support of major employers such as Tesco and Arla, plus TUC members Unite and the FBU.
Reacting to the government decision to stop providing grant funding, TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Union learning has helped millions of working people improve their skills and progress at work in the last 20 years.
“From basic skills and helping people learn English to retraining for the jobs of the future, union learning transforms lives. And it’s the Heineken of adult learning – it gets to people other approaches cannot reach.