Monday, 7 November 2011

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2011

As part of dyslexia awareness week RMT Learning delivered awareness sessions to staff at Caledonian MacBrayne in Gourock. The two sessions involved employees from all of the head office departments and lasted for an hour each. 
The sessions started with a brief explanation of dyslexia and other areas covered including difficulties arising from dyslexia and how dyslexia can affect people in the workplace.  
The sessions provided a lot of discussion and questions and it is hoped that more sessions will follow in locations throughout Calmac. 


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Go ON Give an Hour

8.7 million people in the UK have never used the web – they’re missing out on loads of ways to make their lives easier and more enjoyable.
Did you know that 90% of jobs require basic internet skills, that the average household can save up to £560 a year by shopping and paying bills online; and over 25 million people are already using Facebook to chat to friends and family?
If you’ve got a relation, friend or neighbour who is missing out on the internet, they’re missing out on loads of ways to make their life easier and more enjoyable.
On the 30th October the clocks go back and we all have an extra hour. Imagine how exciting it would be if we all used this time to help someone get started online.
Get your guide to what to do in an hour, watch inspirational films as famous faces show how they use the web, and find further local support or places to volunteer by pledging an hour at

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Get Online @ Home

Spread the word about Windows 7 Computers for Union Learning Reps from just £95!
For many of those who do not have regular access to a PC and are not enjoying the benefits of the internet, the last significant barrier to getting people connected is the cost of a PC at home. BBC research shows that everything you do to inspire and encourage people – and to give them the right skills to go online – will gradually slip away if there is no PC at home to keep the excitement alive and provide easy, instant access to the internet. It’s not enough to go online once – our goal is to make it possible for them to stay online – and to feel the wonderful benefits of Skype-ing with friends and family – unlimited video calls to any part of the world; to find information just when they need it; to make the most of learning opportunities and develop their particular passions. You can help students, families and communities overcome this final barrier by pointing them towards the GetOnline@Home website – the best place to buy a no-nonsense, affordable computer, which will give them a chance to stay online for good and to enjoy all the benefits we take for granted.
Scottish Union Learning is behind the GetOnline@Home offer which includes:
• Phone or online purchasing for a powerful refurbished PC with flatscreen, keyboard and mouse
• The latest version of Windows (Windows 7); and a range of Microsoft software for documents, emails, pictures and more; and free anti-virus for life
• The option to choose a broadband package from a range of specially tailored offers for beginners
• A collection of useful sites and software to delight beginners and to open up the web
• A great set of Quick Start guides and support in the form of telephone helplines and warranties, etc.

The GetOnline@Home site truly offers the best in breed for no-nonsense, affordable computers. The offer is now available to ULRs in Scotland, which means that you can buy refurbished computers for £95. The offer is only for ULRs, however, there is a possibility of buying up to 6 refurbished computers for a workplace learning centre, if appropriate.
For more information, visit the GetOnline@Home website.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Dyslexia Scotland needs tell your story

Dyslexia and Us

Dyslexia Scotland and its President, Sir Jackie Stewart, are looking for your personal story to be included in a unique publication called ‘Dyslexia and Us’. The publication will be an insight into individual difficulties and advantages of dyslexia.
So far contributions include celebrities, children, mothers, job seekers, a police officer, offenders and more. If you have any connection to dyslexia, Dyslexia Scotland wants to hear from you.
It may be difficult for some people to write their story and if so it can be dictated over the phone, or recorded, but Dyslexia Scotland wants to hear it just as it is. We do not mind about spelling or grammar, we want to hear your story told from the heart. Even just a paragraph or two, up to a maximum of 600 words (no more than 1 page).
Whether you are an adult or a child, dyslexic or a parent or sibling, a teacher, a friend or a grandparent, a doctor or an employer...whatever your background, Dyslexia Scotland wants your story. This is an opportunity for you to tell your personal story knowing that it will be anonymous. 
Please send your story to or to Dyslexia Scotland, Stirling Business Centre, Wellgreen, Stirling, FK8 2DZ or phone 01786 446650.
The deadline is 31st August 2011, so please don’t delay, send it off today. 

Monday, 1 August 2011

Computing courses

Would you like to do a computer course through the RMT learning project ?
Would you just like to improve your skills or would you like to gain a qualification that could improve your career prospects.
We are looking at putting on courses for people who have varying degrees of computing skills, the courses would be delivered online with tutor support.
The areas we are looking at are Arran, Oban, Islay, Mallaig and Uig. If you live or work in any of these areas and are interested in this opportunity please get in touch with the project worker or speak to your local learning rep.  
These courses are available to CalMac employees who work or live in the Highlands and Islands.

Contact :
Learning Reps :

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award

Scottish Union Learning wishes to recognise the range of learning journeys currently undertaken by lay learners in the workplace, supported by trade unions. The Scottish Union Learning Board has therefore agreed to introduce the Scottish Union Learning Learner of the Year Award.
The award will be made at the 2011 Scottish Union Learning Conference, which will take place in November.

For more information use the following link,

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Scottish Union Learning Dyslexia Guide

Scottish Union Learning, in conjunction with the STUC and affiliated trade unions, has been working to facilitate provision and support for adults in employment who want to improve their Everyday Skills. Many of these adults are facing increasing demands in the workplace, while others want to improve their skills for their own personal development.
Union Learning Reps (ULRs) play a key role in workplace learning. The STUC Dyslexia Group was established to develop guidance for ULRs in Scotland to help them support and signpost people who may have dyslexia, and also to promote a “dyslexia-friendly” workplace. Membership of the STUC Dyslexia Group consists of representatives from various affiliated unions, Scottish Union Learning, the STUC Disabled Workers’ Committee, Dyslexia Scotland and Dyslexia Scotwest. In addition to developing this guide, the Group has also organised dyslexia awareness sessions for unions, employers and employees.
Please note that this guide was designed to help ULRs support and signpost people in the workplace who may have dyslexia, and to encourage them to contact relevant organisations that can provide the expertise required. The guide is not designed to replace any existing support offered by these organisations.

RMT Project Worker has copies of this guide for ULRs 

Please download the Dyslexia Guide file here:
Dyslexia Guide (This may take a moment to download.)

Monday, 16 May 2011

Lifelong Learning Opportunities in Maths and English

Have you ever thought about moving forward with your career ?
Which qualifications do you think would help most ?

Qualifications in English and Maths are be the ideal starting point when thinking about career progression.
Whether you are working in retail operations, on deck or in the engine room these opportunities could be the chance for you to become involved in lifelong learning.
RMT Learning is offering all employees the chance to take up Maths and English to the level of SCQF level 4 (standard grade)       
Courses will be delivered by online distance learning with full tutor support, this will give employees working shifts the opportunity to participate. Other methods of distance learning may be considered.

For more information please contact your ULR or
Dan Henderson, Project Worker, Tel No. 0781402247 or Email         

Scottish Union Learning News Spring 2011

Download the Spring edition of the Scottish Union Learning News.

Live & Learn - Spring 2011

Friday, 13 May 2011

Highlands & Islands Conference 2011

The 4th Scottish Union Learning Highlands & Islands ULR Conference, “Union Learning: Shaping the Better Way” takes place on Friday, 10 June 2011 in Eden Court Inverness. The Conference, funded through the European Social Fund, is aimed at Highlands and Islands ULRs and union members interested in union-led learning.
The conference programme is available by clicking here