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“Word” Newsletter of the CWU London Regional Education & Learning Committee - Sept 2012

‘Something ELSE’ Joint RLC Learning Event
The RLC’s of the Eastern, London and South East Regions held a joint informal learning event at the Museum of London on 3rd October. A strong range of speakers included, Barry Francis from unionlearn, Richard Ross of London Met University, Trish Lavelle and CWU tutor Nick Nicholls. Their contributions included references to the history of Trade Union Education and how important and relevant the history of the early struggles to create workers rights have been and still are. To reflect the surroundings stallholders who attended included those from the British Postal Museum and Archive, the BT Archive and TUC Library Collection.
A full report will be loaded on the London Region homepage of the ‘CWU Learning for All’ website.

Greenford Learning Centre Presentation
The Harrow and District Branch held a presentation event at the Greenford Learning Centre on Tuesday 2nd October. Branch members who attended the recent programme of IT Skills courses in the Learning Centre were invited to receive their certificates from Paul Dovey, CWU Learning Project Manager for England. Branch officers Michelle Laidlaw and Geoff Loftus also arranged an open day sign up for new courses. West Thames College will then start the next programme of courses as soon there are enough learners registered to attend. Further details of the courses and services available in the Learning Centre at Greenford will be available on the Harrow & District webpage of the CWU ‘Learning for All’ website. Details on how to access the website are under ‘Learning Services for London Branch Members’ section of this newsletter.

Campaign for Learning -Family Learning Festival
The 15th National Family Learning Festival is currently running from 13th October to 11th November.
For more details and resources please use the link below to visit the Family Learning Festival website.

CWU Education & Training website– Lifelong Learning for CWU members
Free online learning courses are available through the ‘Lifelong Learning for CWU members’ section of the Education & Training website.
You can choose from the following: General Resources; Skills for Life; Computers & IT; Languages; Science; History; Higher Education; Arts & Crafts.
The courses can be accessed from any computer connected to the internet and are open to all members and ’Family and Friends’.
Use the link below for the ‘Lifelong Learning for CWU members’ webpage, then click on a category and choose from the courses listed.


‘CWU Learning for All’ website for London Region Learning Centres
Please use the link below and under ’Regions’ select London from the list. Then from the London Region home page go to ’Branches’ and select from the list of branch names for Learning Centre information; www.cwulearn.org

Dyslexia Assessment Screening
A software package that runs a programme to assess dyslexia levels is available to be used in Learning Centres and Branches. All appointments for the assessment will be made individually and all information will be given and kept in the strictest confidence.

Regional Learning Resources
There are 12 laptops available, with Mobile Broadband Connection, for all London Branches to use to promote learning services for members. Internet connection through the mobile broadband offers access to websites with free online courses in a range of subjects and topics.

UK Online
The CWU London Region is registered with UK Online to offer Basic IT Skills courses for complete beginners through the ‘Go On’ website.

IAG Services
Learning Centres in the London Region are able to offer Information, Advice and Guidance services to help you decide what type of learning you would like to do and when.

ULR Courses
Forthcoming ULR training is available at The Elstead Hotel on the following dates:
Union Learning Reps Part 1 Course—Bournemouth
Monday 12 - Friday 16 November 2012
Please submit applications immediately

ULR training at Alvescot Lodge is available on the following dates:
Union Learning Reps Part 1 Course
Monday 4 - Friday 8 February 2013
Monday 10 - Friday 14 June 2013

Union Learning Reps Part 2 Course
Monday 21 - Friday 25 October 2013
Applications can be made at any time. Closing dates TBC.

It would also be possible to arrange Regional ULR training in London if there are enough applicants available to attend.

Contact Details
Please contact any of the RLC Officers for further details.

Chair: Vic Paulino 07949 122193
Secretary: Nick Bury 07939 815290
Deputy Secretary and Editor: George White 020 7239 2521






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