The Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) was a Welsh Government initiative that started in 1999 shortly after the creation of the Welsh Assembly. Over the last 20 years WULF has supported hundreds of thousands of workers across Wales with their learning journey. WULF has also supported learning in the community and worked with schools and colleges to help deliver learning that is convenient to workers, as well as being beneficial in terms of employability and quality of life.
Research has repeatedly shown that WULF is the most successful learning delivery programmes available. Workers are always more willing to share any concerns or requirements in terms of learning to a union representative, than they are to their management, and this is where WULF can make a real difference.
The Welsh Government invites trade unions across Wales to bid for funding for projects that meet what the Welsh Government sees as being the most relevant and appropriate areas at the time. PCS is currently at the end of the first year of a 3-year project called ‘Gaining accessible learning in Wales 4’ (GALW4).
GALW4 builds on the excellent work done in past PCS WULF projects and supports workers across the civil service and in areas where government contracts are delivered by commercial organisations. WULF is open to ALL workers and is not dependent on the worker being a member of PCS, or any other trade union. The project will deliver bespoke training for individual workers as well as team/workplace courses that will assist in supporting the four themes as set out within the Welsh Government’s employability plan.
- Providing an individualised approach to employability support. Individual workers will be supported by the project team, working with local workplace ULRs (Union Learning Reps).
- Underlining the responsibility of employers to upskill their workers, support their staff and provide fair work. The project will support the delivery of courses that support mindfulness, personal development and wellbeing as well as courses that are built around skills that help deliver the workers specific role.
- Responding to current and projected skills gaps. Although it will not be a primary project objective, we will review regional skills partnerships’ LMI data and where possible align some of the projects programme of delivery to meet any identified demands.
- Preparing for a radical shift in the world of work. The project will also work with employers and learning providers to deliver on site learning to upskill workers to meet changes in digitisation.
For more information on GALW4, or WULF in general, please speak to your local union learning representative, PCS branch official, or email firstname.lastname@example.org