The Union Learning Fund (ULF) was established in 1998 to promote activity by trade unions in support of the objective of creating a learning society. Its primary aim was to develop the capacity of trade unions and Union Learn Representatives (ULRs) to work with employers, employees and learning providers to encourage greater take up of learning in the workplace.

The PFA and Unionlearn 'Achievement Through Sport' project has been able to extend the learning, training and educational provision for its members including the facilitation and preparation for transition into other industries or other roles within football post playing career.

Furthermore, the project works closely with a number of football clubs and their community trusts to assist them in promoting the learning agenda to the wider community including certain disadvantaged or 'hard to reach' people in society such as those facing redundancy, the digitally excluded and the elderly.

ULF’s Key Priorities:

• Improving Equality, Engaging Disadvantaged Learners and Workers with poor English, Maths or Digital Skills
• Growing Apprenticeship, Traineeship, Young People and Skills Progression
• Improving Productivity
• Developing a Stronger Learning Infrastructure, Workforce Development and Higher Level Skills
• Demonstrating Sustainability, Value for Money and Mainstreaming of union learning activity


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