College officially launches TUC Education Centre of Excellence

A unique partnership agreement has been signed today formally launching the Trade Union Education Centre at City of Glasgow College.

Based at the College’s Riverside campus, the Centre is one of the largest in the UK with 16 TUC tutors supporting 90% of delivery across Scotland, and up to 1500 union reps attending a range of courses through outreach facilities and online provision.

Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, Paul Little, said:

“I am delighted to be part of this important collaboration as we mark the official opening of this internationally recognised Trade Union Education Centre right in the heart of our internationally recognised College.

“We are once again setting the benchmark as we show just how partnership working and leading on best practice can have a positive impact for staff and students alike.

"For education and training which offers real currency in the workplace truly matters to students, to parents and to the Scottish and UK economy.”

Kevin Rowan, TUC’s Head of Organisation and Services and Director of unionlearn, said:

“Trade Union representatives in the workplace make a difference every day, impacting on the quality of working life of the people they represent, resolving problems and tackling the big issues at work. Helping make sure that reps have the skills, knowledge and confidence to carry out their role is crucial to union effectiveness and so it is encouraging to see a Centre of Excellence like this continuing to progress and thrive.”

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Employability and Training, was one of the key speakers. He said:

“It is a pleasure to mark the official opening of the Trade Union Education Centre as strong trade unions coupled with facilities like these help improve the lives of workers and their families.

“That is why this year we committed almost £2.3 million to support Scottish Union Learning and as part of this provided TUC Education with £120,000. The Scottish Government values its partnership with the unions in helping deliver fair work, access to opportunities and addressing inequalities.”

The TUC Education Service provides training for more than 40,000 union representatives, health & safety representatives and union learning representatives each year in the UK. Courses have been on offer at City of Glasgow College since 2015 and a steady growth in demand has seen the Trade Union Education Centre expand and diversify its learning provision.