The Partnership

A survey of Unite members in the finance sector found that where employers engage positively with the Union, members are more likely to report that their job made full use of their skills and that their job enabled them to learn new skills and develop their abilities.

We recognise the important role that the unions play in shaping the training and skills agenda and our collaboration includes quarterly meetings with Union representatives focusing on key, topical issues such as equality and diversity strategies, labour market intelligence and the benefits of investing in skills to aid economic recovery.  We engage with the Unions on all our key projects – such as updating our Directions careers information service, developing Professional Competencies and carrying out research.

There are two key ways in which unions can engage with the FSP:

1) FSP and the unions

Regular meetings with representatives of the finance sector unions take place at Congress House; these enable information to be shared, questions to be asked and to ensure that progress is being made against set objectives.  If you would like to find out more about the FSP and the Unions meetings please contact Ann Joss at unionlearn on [email protected].

2) Speak up for Skills

Taking place twice a year, this forum brings together a range of employers and stakeholders to find out about the work of the FSP, changes to the sector landscape, and new projects which can support the sector in developing the skills of the workforce. To find out more please contact Catherine Jenkins at [email protected].

 

To quote one employer: “Two heads are better than one when it comes to supporting people development.  Learning is a journey supported by a strong partnership.”  We value our strong partnership with the Unions and we look forward to further, close collaboration with them.  When it comes to skills, the TUC and Sector Skills Councils have a shared agenda – encouraging employers to supply the right training, at the right time, so that the sector has a fully competent workforce, all members of which are able to realise their full potential.   

Download the unionlearn FSP factsheet.

 


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