Author: Union Learn Photo Credit - ©Jess Hurd
Date: Wednesday 1st August 2018
Two workers from Seachill in Grimsby have won a national award recognising their work supporting colleagues at work improve their education opportunities.
Sue Kinnaird and Danuta Smoliniec are Union Learning Reps (ULRs) with Unite the union and were last week presented the unionlearn ULR of the Year Award for Supporting Disadvantaged Learners at the unionlearn Annual Conference at TUC Congress House in London.
Union Learning Reps (ULRs) are trade union members elected by their union in the workplace. ULRs are instrumental in championing the importance of training and development at work – the Union Learning Rep of the Year Awards are to acknowledge the range of work undertaken by ULR’s and to celebrate these achievements.
Sue was presented the joint award on behalf of both herself and Danuta by TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady and Skills Minister, Anne Milton MP at the annual gathering of learning reps, union officers and education providers.
Sue said: “I’m so proud that I’ve won this award for supporting disadvantaged learners, and I know my work colleague Dana is really proud as well.”
“Thirty percent of the work force, are Eastern European, and we’ve also got English speakers who need our help with dyslexia. So we’ve put together, with Unite the Union, an ESOL course that will get them through health and safety, first aid and the skills they need outside the factory.
Chris Muscroft, NEYH Regional Learning Organiser with Unite, said: “Myself and Unite are really proud of Sue and Dana in winning the award. We have a positive relationship with Seachill that is based around the Learning Agreement which allows Sue and Dana to support workers.”
Katie George, HR Seachill said: “Sue and Dana are doing a great job in the training they are providing to all our employees, not just our Unite members, but it open to everybody who works here.”
“Sue and Dana have done a fantastic job supporting disadvantaged learners at the Seachill factory in Grimsby, and organising ESOL classes for staff. Unionlearn is very pleased to present them with the 2018 ULR Award for Supporting Disadvantaged Learners.”
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