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NoE logoA ULR learning and development Network

Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) support, offer help, exchange information and share best practice amongst themselves, education providers, learning campaigners and other learning agencies for the benefit of members in the workplace.

ULRs are union members who have volunteered or been elected to carry out the role of supporting the learning aspirations of colleagues in the workplace.

There is no ‘blueprint’ for an effective learning network but a desire to learn from others and to share is essential.

Scroll down the page to find who goes to the meetings; what is discussed​ and what learning goes on; when and where the meetings are held; why the meetings take place and what other ULRs have said.

You can also watch our short 3 minute video which gives a flavour of a Value My Skills workshop held at a Network meeting

For more information or to join the Network of Excellence please contact Learning Services wtuclearn@tuc,org,uk Tel 029 2034 7010

Who goes to the meetings​?

FE Colleges & Universities, WULF Project Managers, Open University in Wales, Union  Learning Reps ULRsAdult Learning Wales (previously WEA Cymru), Essential Skills in Wales, HR & training managers, Training Providers, WTUC Development Officers

Who Goes to the NoE meetings?

What is discussed at the meeting?

Share best ULR practice; share ideas and themes to promote learning in the workplace; information on funding, bursaries,  grants & free stuff; make supportive contacts; formal and informal learning; learning Agreements & sustaining learning; Network News between meetings.

Diagram - What is discussed at the meeting?

When are the meetings are held

Members meet three times a year regionally in February, June and September at various venues in:

West Wales

South East Wales and the Valleys

North Wales and

Mid Wales.

A networking lunch is provided and Learning and Development workshops are offered at each meeting. 

For event dates please visit the events calendar

Where are the meetings are held

Meetings are held across Wales in different towns, cities and venues to enable as many ULRs as possible to access a meeting in their area. Meetings have been held in:

  • West - Carmarthen, Llanelli, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire, Swansea
  • South East & the Valleys - Bridgend, Caerffili, Cardiff,  Ebbw Vale, Merthyr Tydfil,  Newport
  • North - Bangor, Caernarfon, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno, Mold, St Asaph, Wrexham
  • Mid - Aberystwyth, Brecon, Builth Wells,  Llandrindod Wells, Machynlleth, Newtown, Welshpool

Where are the meetings are held

Why the meetings take place?

  • "Wales TUC Cymru is committed to increasing workers' life chances and strengthening their voice at the workplace through high quality learning."
  • When unions are involved in learning, employees and employers benefit.
  • Building helpful and supportive connections benefits all.

why the meetings take place? - Diagram

And what do ULRs say?

“I find the meetings very useful to find out about all sorts of things to take back to work.  I’ve made good contacts and can say that the meetings have definitely helped me in my role as a ULR.”

 Unite ULR Wrexham.

“I know for me I can’t wait to see Net News in my inbox.  I take out any articles that I think people here would be interested in and have them included in our intranet newsletter which is sent to all staff.” 

Branch Learning Coordinator PCS Swansea