On Monday 11th June, Phil Gowan , Director of Vocational Skills and Pravina Tailor, Curriculum Manager were presented with one of the first unionlearn Quality Awards by Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Alan Johnson MP.

The award was made for the College of North East London's Learning on the Move partnership project, which provides courses through unionlearn with the Southern and Eastern Region and Unite (TGWU section) for bus company Metroline in North London.

The unionlearn Quality Award was launched today and will be awarded to providers in the learning world who are committed to working with trade unions. They will need to demonstrate that unions and union learners are considered in the design, development and delivery of courses and programmes. Providers achieving the unionlearn Quality Award will be included on the unionlearn website which receives over one million hits per month.

Phil Gowan , Director of Vocational Skills, College of North East London said:

' CoNEL is delighted to receive the Quality Award. It is a beacon for employers and unions to our quality programmes. And recognises the success that partnership working with ULRs and managers can achieve in bringing educational opportunities to Metroline's London workforce.'

Barry Francis, regional manager unionlearn with the Southern and Eastern TUC said:

'This award recognises the excellent work done by the College of North East London and in particular their commitment to union learners. There are over 18,000 union learning reps all over the country, helping over 150,000 people to access courses. Colleges like CoNEL are crucial to making sure that those who have traditionally missed out on education, such as shift workers for example, are able to improve their lives and those of their families through learning.'

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