Education and training in the NI Telecoms Branch
“Justice is the goal, solidarity is the tool, education is the key!” As we can see from its motto, the CWU regards workers’ education as vital to building a strong and progressive union.
The CWU not only provides a wide range of training and development opportunities for union reps and branch officers, but also actively encourages its members to take part in lifelong learning activities.
There are many reasons for participating in education and training – whether to help secure a new job or promotion, to learn more about an area of personal interest, or just to expand our horizons or to meet new people. Lifelong learning has been defined as the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons”. While attaining a higher level of education can lead to new job opportunities and better-paid work, there are also numerous non-financial benefits to be gained from ongoing education.
Given the demands of work and life generally, it’s often difficult for people no longer in full-time education to find any time for learning.
The CWU maintains a network of trained Union Learning Representatives in each branch who are able to provide advice and support on all learning related issues. Whether you’re thinking about undertaking a formal course, and are worried about how to fit this around your hours of work, or you want to discuss opportunities for informal learning in a particular subject area, your ULR will be able to offer information, guidance and support.