REMINDER AND FINAL CALL: Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2017

REMINDER AND FINAL CALL: Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to remind Branches that we are still seeking nominations for the Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning.

Branches will be aware of the policy adopted at General Conference 2010 to present the “Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning” which is presented to a Union Learning Representative (ULR) or group of ULRs who have made a significant contribution to lifelong learning within the CWU. The award is presented each year at our CWU ULR National Networking Event. This year will follow tradition and be part of the agenda at this year’s event scheduled to be held in Blackpool over two days on the 8th and 9th November 2017.

Last year the accolade was awarded jointly to Mel Cambridge (Scotland No. 1), Neil Crothall (Great Western) and Gavin Hardie (Plymouth & East Cornwall) and as usual we received a good number of nominations of a very high quality.

I am now inviting applications for the 2017 Annual Ken McKenzie award for lifelong learning. The award will be made in recognition of exceptional achievements and contributions to lifelong learning and training by a CWU ULR or a group of CWU ULRs. Nominations can be made by Branches, Regional Learning Committees or Regional Committees by completing the attached nomination form.

Completed nominations should include a detailed précis of the nominated ULR or group of ULRs endeavours and achievements and be sent to:

Michelle Simpson, Education and Training Department, CWU, 150 The Broadway, Wimbledon, London, SW19 1RX or email

The closing date for nominations will be MONday 9th October 2017.

Any queries relating to this LTB should be addressed to me via the Education and Training Department at


Yours sincerely,




Final reminder – Ken McKenzie Award for Lifelong Learning 2017

ULR Nomination form 2017


Final reminder: CWU Union Learning Representatives Networking Event 2017 #CWULearn17; #CulturesOfLearning

Final reminder: CWU Union Learning Representatives Networking Event 2017

#CWULearn17; #CulturesOfLearning

Dear Colleagues,


Branches are reminded that places are still available for the CWU Union Learning Representatives Networking event.

This year’s networking event will be a celebration of “Cultures of Learning”. It will take place on the 8th & 9th November 2017 at: The Imperial Hotel, North Promenade, Blackpool FY1 2HB

This event will ensure that our ULRs can discharge their legally recognised responsibilities to great effect through networking with other educationalists. Over the two days, delegates will explore new and innovative ideas on learning and enhance their skills so that they can facilitate both new and ongoing learning opportunities in their workplaces.

This year’s theme is “CWU: Cultures of Learning” and will focus heavily on how we can develop and sustain new and innovative methods in learning activities.

There will be opportunities:

• To meet with other CWU Union Learning Representatives

• To attend facilitated workshops

• To hear from high profile guest speakers

• To learn about the latest CWU learning developments

• And to celebrate your achievements!

We will also be recognising the many years of work that Ray Atkinson has contributed to union learning at an evening event.


Wednesday 8th November 2017

Registration from 11.30am, lunch from 12.00 noon – 12.45 pm

Main event from 12.50 pm until 6.00 pm

Including introductions, guest speakers and workshops.

Evening event in celebration of Ray Atkinson

Thursday 9th November 2017

9.00 am until 1.00 pm

Including workshops, guest speakers and a panel session

(Exact programme to be confirmed)

Conference Registration

Places are limited for this event so priority will be given to one ULR from each branch in the first instance but if you would like to send additional ULRs to this event please let us know.

Any additional places will be awarded on a first come first served basis and will be confirmed once the final date for registration application has closed.

Please note that CWU HQ will not be able to cover travel and subsistence or hotel expenses for this event. However, we will be providing lunch and an evening buffet on the 8th November 2017.

Further detail – please read

ULRs can book a place by email in the first instance to with contact details including name, Branch, contact number and an email or postal address to which an application form can be sent or by contacting Michelle or Neil directly (as listed below). The form will be sent out to the individual ULR and this will need to be countersigned by the Branch Secretary. Delegates who have specific dietary needs or allergies must advise us of any requirements on the form.

To guarantee that your Branch is represented you must return your completed and signed application form to the Education and Training Department by MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2017

You can book accommodation at the Imperial Hotel for a cost of £65 per person per night or £75 for a shared room. This cost also applies if you wish to stay more than one night (apart from weekends). You just need to advise that you are attending the CWU ULR Networking Event. You can obviously book into other accommodation in Blackpool if you wish.

Unfortunately, due to registration and accommodation not being linked, we will not be able to arrange substitutions for delegates. The Branch will need to contact both the Education and Training Department and the hotel directly to either notify of cancellation or replacement by another ULR from within the Branch.

This event is being supported by the CWU and the Union Learning Fund (England).


This event should attract paid release for those accredited ULRs working for employers where the CWU is recognised. The event is specifically designed to meet the aims of ULR legislation and is fully supported through the Government Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The ACAS Code of Practice applies.

Any enquiries regarding this LTB should be addressed to Michelle Simpson or Neil Coleby by telephoning 0208 971 7340 (Michelle) or 07801 364088 (Neil) or by email to

Yours sincerely,


Trish Lavelle

Head of Education & Training

Final reminder – ULR Networking Event 2017

European Health and Safety Week 2017: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

European Health and Safety Week 2017: Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

To: All Branches

Dear Colleagues,

European Health & Safety Week takes place in the third week of October (week 43) every year, promoted by the European Agency for Safety & Health at Work.

2017 is the second year of a two year focus on ‘Healthy Workplaces for All’. Here in the UK, there is also a particular focus on 2017 being 40 Years of Trade Union Safety Representatives, as formed by the Safety Representative and Safety Committee Regulations 1977. Workplaces are safer places with Trade Union safety representatives.

By 2030, workers aged 55–64 are expected to make up 30 % or more of the workforce in many European countries. The retirement age is increasing in many Member States and many workers are likely to face longer working lives. Efforts must therefore be made to ensure safe and healthy conditions throughout working life.

The Europe 2020 strategy identifies demographic change as one of the major challenges that Europe faces. To address this, the European Union (EU) Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2014–2020 outlines measures to promote good practice and improve occupational safety and health (OSH) conditions for all workers.

The ageing workforce presents various challenges for all those involved in managing OSH:

• Longer working lives may result in longer exposure to risks.

• There will be more workers with chronic health problems and specific needs.

• Older workers might be more vulnerable to certain safety and health hazards.

• The high rate of work-related health problems in certain sectors and jobs that involve a heavy physical and/or mental workload, manual work or atypical working hours must be taken into account.

• Disability prevention, rehabilitation and return to work are of increased importance.

• At the society level, age discrimination needs to be dealt with.The H&S Dept has produced a CWU poster promoting European H&S Week. Copies have been distributed to Branches. A pdf copy is attached to this LTB.

Yours sincerely,


Dave Joyce

National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

17LTB518 European Health and Safety Week 2017 – Healthy Workplaces for All Ages

European Health Safety Week 2017 Poster

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