Why learning reps?
“Transforming the Workplace” is a key PSA strategy to provide good jobs for members and improved services in a high trust, high performance workplace culture.
Workplace learning and career development play an important part in this. Good pay and careers are an outcome of many factors including skills, qualifications and experience and the opportunities members have to extend these.
Workplace learning, including employer funded participation in courses and on-the-job learning, has always been an essential ingredient in individual career development and a workforce that is more productive and innovative.
Job security is not always about staying in the same job but includes continuing to develop the skills and experience necessary to allow people to move between roles, employers and sectors. From the employer’s point of view, good career pathways deliver them the people they need in the jobs that need doing.
The PSA is well placed to provide an industry level worker/learner perspective and to advocate and influence to advance members’ interests in good jobs and careers.
PSA Learning reps will play key roles in ensuring members gain access to further learning and training in their
How learning reps will promote learning in the workplace
PSA learning reps will work alongside elected PSA delegates and staff to:
• raise awareness of the benefits of learning
• help members access the support for training and development provided by the employer
• provide confidential support and encouragement to members who want to review and broaden their current range of skills
• help members identify possible training and providers
• improve access to training and development by acting as a link between members, the union, the employer and training providers
• support members who are on a learning programme
• help identify and articulate the learning needs of particular groups of members/potential members
• work with elected PSA delegates to increase access to training and development in the workplace through promote learning agreements with their employer and include learning within the bargaining agenda and to build and strengthen the value of the union to members
The PSA learning rep structure is still being developed and will be launched in 2013.