Black and Asian learners reap big benefits from union learning, reveals Ofsted

Black and Asian learners are reaping big rewards from trade union-led learning at rates which are well above the national average, reveals a new report from Ofsted (the Government’s education standards watchdog). In the report on U-Net, part of unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organization, Ofsted found that success rates for Black learners have risen from 54% in 2007/08 to 81.8% and for Asian learners from 70.2% to 82.1% a significant improvement on the national average. The report also found that there is a ‘strong ethos to widen participation and promote social inclusion’ and that ‘equality of opportunity is good’.

Unions and employers make the grade on skills reveals Ofsted

There was fulsome praise for the partnership between employers and trade unions in a recent Ofsted report on U-Net, part of unionlearn, the TUC’s learning and skills organization. Ofsted found that ‘employers benefit from these partnerships, with improved staff morale, reduced sick leave and staff turnover, fewer complaints and grievances, and higher rates of internal promotion.’ The report places U-Net among the best providers in the country, awarding a Grade 2 for all aspects of learning provision. Ofsted judged overall success rates as above national averages and support for learners as outstanding.