What does a ULR do?
A union learning rep (ULR) supports and helps other members with their continuing personal and professional development.
This means working closely with members and management to identify ways to improve access and quality of current provision, as well as a source of new opportunities.
The role can include:
- raising awareness and promoting the value of learning
- providing information on learning
- identifying learning needs
- working with employers and partners to improve access to learning
- monitoring quality of provision, and supporting equal opportunities in learning.
In ATL, there are two main types of ULR: branch and workplace (school/college).
The main difference between the roles is that ULRs based in the workplace (either a school or college) tend to work with all staff members and concentrate on working in partnership with the institution's continuing professional development (CPD) co-ordinator or committee. Branch-based ULRs concentrate on branch union learning events, working with the LA and recruiting and supporting school and college-based ULRs.
To help branches and ULRs work together, there are branch ULR protocols.