WULF is a remarkable scheme designed to drive learning initiatives in unionised workplaces where employers recognise the benefits of working in partnership with unions to up-skill their workforce.
How is it funded?
WULF is funded by Welsh Government in a competitive bidding process. The Minister for Education and Skills and Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology have agreed to continue the Fund until the end of March 2018.
Since its inception in 1999, WULF has received over £13 million of funding by the Welsh Government and this has seen 185 successful and innovative WULF projects to date. These have been responsible for bringing workplace learning to thousands of learners in Wales. As WULF is Welsh Government funded, it offers learning opportunities to all employees within a workplace.
How does it work?
Wales TUC Learning Services works with unions to identify those workplaces, or series of workplaces where a partnership can be developed. Each project has a dedicated Wales TUC Development Officer to support the project manager.
Using the union learning model, which has been developed by Wales TUC, trades unions appoint Union Learning Reps (ULRs) who receive training to enable them to carry out their role. Initially, this will involve a learning needs analysis survey where employees are asked to identify what kind of learning they are interested in. The union may then make an application for WULF funding to tailor a programme of learning which will fit with the needs of employees.
What does it provide?
Successful WULF projects will take various forms, usually including the establishment of a learning infrastructure within the workplace. WULF funding supports provision of courses, which reinforces the learning culture for unions, employees and employers. Some projects will set up a union workplace learning centre and all will encourage the employer to sign a learning agreement.
Learning Agreements are formal agreements between employer and trade union. As a minimum they set out the role, function and responsibilities of ULRs and ensure that learning remains at the top of the workplace agenda by the establishment of workplace learning committees.
A major element of WULF projects has been to support learners in unionised workplaces to access essential skills learning – literacy, numeracy and information and communication technology (ICT). The enormous success of unions in supporting learners to access these fundamental building blocks has been widely recognised and applauded.
WULF projects are also ideally positioned to engage employers in vocational funding schemes, including apprenticeships and encourage a whole organisation approach to skills and learning development.
Key to WULF’s success has been the establishment of partnership approaches to learning between employers and unions. When the WULF projects end, the culture of learning they have established is maintained by the ongoing commitment of all parties to the benefits brought by workplace learning. This ensures ongoing learning is sustainable and will include employer buy-in, union commitment and employee expectations.
If you would like to know if your trade union has a WULF project please contact Wales TUC by email or phone at:
029 2034 7010
Updated 2016 - 2018 WULF Project Information
07817 145 754
75 St John Street
The Learning Partnership Programme
Promoting the value of developing skills, supporting ULRs within the workplace to deliver learning opportunities to rail workers.
029 2032 2582 07570 67 18 67
Rachel van Koningsveld
Project Coordinator CULT Cymru / BECTU
02920 554601 / 07809 204115
W0007 Ty Oldfield,
cultcymru.org (although we're looking to change this to cult.cymru)
Project 1 - Skills for Creatives Sgiliau ar gyfer pobl Creadigol
Co-investment in Learning Cyd-fuddsodiad mewn Dysgu" "Both brands work under the project title: CULT Cymru (Creative Unions Learning Together)
Skills for Creatives: Working in partnership with like-minded organisations to support creative workers throughout Wales in their technical, craft and digital skills.
Project 2 - Live Local - Think Global’ in the Digital World
Live Local - Think Global in a Digital World. Joint union project between BECTU, Equity, the MU and the Writers' Guild. The enhance the employability, business and digital skills of those working in the creative sector.
Project Development Officer
19A West Bute Street
Up-skilling for life-skills
The project is based on providing essential skills and other training within the food industry and the community.
029 20668800 07834 745809
20 Cathedral Road
Building a Learning Community – Adeiladu Cymundeb Ddysgu
The existing project links an overarching strategy which has been established to up skilling and re skilling the workforce within its membership in Wales within the steel making Industry and manufacturing. The project will continue to have a big emphasis on employer and employee engagement to gain their co investment to maximise learning outcomes. We aim to raise the employability skills and productivity of the workforce, particularly focussing on Essential Skills courses. We will also aspire to integrate the digital literacy aspect and focus on ICT qualifications.
Dysgu Gyda’n Gilydd / Learning Together
Up-skilling of the workforce in Royal Mail and BT Group. From Essential Skills referrals to vocational training.
WULF Project Manager
2nd Floor Hastings House
www.fbueducation.org region 8
The Learning Ladder – Yr Ysgol Ddysgu
Working with the fire and rescue services in Wales to offer learning and development opportunities to members and other employees
GMB WULF Project Manager
Mayhill Water Treatment works
The GMB Learning Advocacy
Promote Learning throughout Wales and share best practice.
Wales Probation Trust
West Glam House
12 Orchard Street. Swansea
New Routes to Skills Driven Learning
Offer access to vocational qualifications for the probation in both private and public sector workers - support staff facing redundancy - Support access to CPD learning
Anna Wynn Roberts
Facebook: NUJ Training Wales
Continuous Skills Development in a Rapidly Changing Industry
To ensure that media and communications workers in Wales have access to state of the art training in the digital skills required in where the lines between broadcast and print are increasingly blurred and the internet is becoming the go-to place for news. It also aims to support training in core journalism skills and legal compliance whilst providing valuable training and networking opportunities for freelance or trainee journalists and communications professionals. To make sure media and communications workers in Wales have access to state of the art training in the digital skills required in the world of convergence where lines between broadcast and print are increasingly blurred and the internet is becoming the go-to place for news. It also aims to support training in core journalism skills and legal compliance.
Cydlynydd Prosiect - Project Co-ordinator
Dysgu mwy o Ddysgwyr – Teaching more Teachers
07714 757061 | 029 2049 1818
NUT CYMRU Office
18 Neptune Court,
Following the success of our “Teaching The Teachers” project (2013-16) NUT Cymru has been awarded further funding from the Welsh Government’s Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) for our “Teaching More Teachers” project, which aims to provide teachers with even more opportunities for development, including... learning Welsh (or improving your Welsh language skills), keeping up with new technologies, improving your chances of getting that job! and learning techniques to help improve wellbeing.
Project Manager for GALW ETO & LEGO projects
02920 666363 07707 423027
2nd Floor PCS
1 Cathedral Rd
Project 1 - Learner Engagement and Gathering Opportunities
Project 2 - Gaining Accessible Learning in Wales – Expansion through Opportunity (GALW ETO)
PCS GALW ETO Project Officer
Providing learning opportunity and support to learners across Wales:
1. Host 20 workplace learning awareness events
2. Provide community or homebased learning opportunities for 100 workers
3. To have learning activity in 20 workplaces
4. To provide learning support, and/or training plans for re-employment/ re-deployment for 30 public sector workers
5. To support 20 workers into apprenticeship programmes
6. To establish 5 workplace learning fora across Wales
7. To recruit 20 ULRs
8. Signposting workers under threat of redundancy to other funding opportunities
02920 488359 07825168258
Royal College of Midwives
Eastgate House, Floor 8
35-43 Newport Road, Cardiff
Personal and Professional Learning for Midwives and Maternity Support Workers in Wales
Personal and Professional Learning for Midwives and Maternity Support Workers Supporting maternity staff across Wales to access workplace learning opportunities
Merged with Unite – Contact Unite as below
UCATT - Building learning across Wales – a national strategy
Project 1 - Connecting Learners in South East Wales
Faculty of Life Sciences and Education
University of South Wales
PONTYPRIDD CF37 4BD
Connecting Learners in South East Wales 16-18 The project is a partnership with the University of South Wales, UNISON‘s largest employer partner in the Higher and Further Education sector. South East Wales is home to nearly half the population of Wales with a workforce of 665,000 in 90,000 businesses across ten local authorities. The project will focus on raising skills and promoting the benefits of addressing essentials skills issues of support staff working in schools, health care support workers and the fragmented mainly social care workforce delivering public services in South East Wales.
Project 2 - Connecting Learners in South West & Central Wales
Community Lives Consortium
24 Walter Road
Connecting Learners in South West & Central Wales
To support and complement work place learning opportunities primarily for those working in Social Care, NHS and School Support across South West & Central Wales.
Project 3 - Connecting Learners in North Wales
01248 363 175 07799116193
30 Stryd y Deon / 30 Dean Street
PROJECT CLOSED Connecting Learners in North Wales - PROJECT CLOSED
The project will focus on raising skills and promoting the benefits of addressing essentials skills issues of support staff working in schools, health care support workers and the fragmented mainly social care workforce delivering public services in North Wales
Project 4 - DigiSkills Cymru
DigiSkills Cymru Project Manager
c/o WEA YMCA CC Cymru
Building Digital Literacies in Welsh Public Services. 1 year project Digital literacy within public services
Unite (recently merged with UCATT)
Regional Learning Organiser
029 2002 2759
07768 931 284
Unite regional Office
1 Cathedral Road
Project 1 - Learn With Unite Wales (North)
Project 2 - Learn With Unite Wales (South)
To increase access to employability skills in unionised workplaces. To build stakeholder partnerships to support the delivery of qualifications through current WG and EU funding streams as well as providing direct project funding where necessary. TO recruit support and train ULRs across Wales and to promote the Learn with Unite platform branch reps and officials, officers, organisers and members, and to offer ongoing training to ULRs in order to promote the long term sustainability of union led learning.
Driving Up Skills With URTU Learning
To raise awareness, and engage, with the Logistics sector to provide access to SWiW and Digital Skills.
02920 731131 07592 885 933
Unit 10, Oak Tree Court
2 Mulberry Drive
Cardiff Gate Business Park, Pontprennau, Cardiff
USDAW (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers)
To develop sustainable models that improve access to learning in Usdaw workplaces, which meet sectoral, individual and workplace needs. The model will take into account the differing needs of Usdaw sectors and geographical locations. We intend to use cluster models throughout retail via Mobile Union Learning Reps for workers from all sizes of workplaces to have access to learning with the long term development of a "minimum offer" to provide "something for everyone"
Issued: 1 March, 2016