Skills Academy – UNISON Members offer
Choose from a wide range of e-learning courses
Our colleagues at UNISON Learning & Organising Services have made it so members can now take an unlimited number of the 550 certificated courses available on the fantastic Staff Skills Academy e-learning system – for free.
You can learn about a wide range of topics from accountancy and CV writing to interview techniques and craft skills.
Wranx – a new way to learn
Study towards GCSEs online through Spaced Repetition
UNISON is working with Wranx to support members by offering a range of free online bite-sized training modules, including Functional Skills and GCSE Maths & English revision courses.
Wranx is an online training tool that can be accessed on any device and uses the simple scientific idea of spaced repetition to provide learning that improves knowledge retention, even with as little as 2-3 minutes of training a day.
Why Use Wranx?
- Build your knowledge – learn and retain information with spaced repetition!
- 2-3 minutes a day – 10 daily questions is all it takes to learn
- Anytime, anywhere – log in on any device whenever it fits your schedule
- Track your progress easily – built in performance metrics
- Effective revision – refresh your knowledge on topics that you have covered before, or learn something completely new!
- It’s free to use – for all members
…and choose “UNISON Wales” as your union from the drop down menu.
UNISON Skills Builder – English & Maths
We use English and maths every day. But many of us aren’t as confident as we like to be when it comes to our literacy and numeracy skills. That’s why UNISON has launched Skills Builder, an online tool designed to help you feel more comfortable using words and numbers.
It includes top tips on spelling, speed reading techniques such as skimming and scanning and suggestions on how to get the most from reading and writing.
There’s also a refresher on basic maths, with clear explanations and examples on fractions, percentages, divisions, and multiplications.
It’s absolutely free for anyone to use, no sign-up necessary.
Cymraeg Gwaith | Work Welsh
You can start learning Welsh by following these online taster courses. The courses introduce everyday words and phrases and are available to everyone, for free. Some courses have been designed for different sectors such as Health and Social Care.
Most of these courses include 10 units each (around 10 hours of learning), and are split into Part 1 (5 units, around 5 hours) and Part 2 (5 units, around 5 hours).
To get started, you’ll just need to log in or create an account – it only takes a few moments. Good luck with learning Cymraeg!
Gallwch chi ddechrau dysgu Cymraeg trwy ddilyn y cyrsiau blasu ar-lein yma. Maen nhw’n cyflwyno geirfa ac ymadroddion pob dydd ac maen nhw ar gael i bawb, yn rhad ac am ddim. Mae rhai cyrsiau wedi eu teilwra ar gyfer gwahanol sectorau, er enghraifft Iechyd a Gofal.
Mae mwyafrif y cyrsiau yn cynnwys 10 uned yr un (tua 10 awr o ddysgu), ac maent wedi’u rhannu’n Rhan 1 (5 uned, tua 5 awr) a Rhan 2 (5 uned, tua 5 awr).
Mae’n rhaid mewngofnodi neu greu cyfrif i ddechrau cwrs, proses hawdd iawn. Pob hwyl gyda’r dysgu!
Learn My Way – Basic Digital Skills
Digital and other Essential Skills learning for everyone
UNISON Cymru Wales is now a centre with LearnMyWay, who offer free courses in English and Welsh that can help you to develop digital skills and confidence with using technology safely and effectively, such as:
- Using your computer or device (including using a mouse, keyboard and touchscreen)
- Online basics (including using email)
- Office Programmes (including creating Documents and CVs)
- Internet Skills (including making video calls)
- Online Safety
- Finding a job online (including interviews)
- Improving your health online (including the NHS website)
- Managing your money online (including online banking)
- Accessing Public services online (including Universal Credit)
…and enter the centre code 8005218 – UNISON Cymru Wales
Make It Click – Digital Skills for Work
Digital working skills for everyone
A range of free, high-quality digital skills courses from the Good Things Foundation aimed at giving you everything you need for modern online working. Topics include:
- Online Security
- Social Media
- Working from home
OpenLearn – Free courses for all
OpenLearn is the Open University’s free, open access learning platform that gives you the chance to sample higher level course as well as building your essential skills and confidence. 14 million people a year visit their site, and they have courses available in English and Welsh on a wide range of topics.
The courses and resources are often linked in with BBC television and radio programmes and themed around current events. You can earn badges as you progress too. Opportunities include:
- Money & Business
- Education & Development
- Health, Sports & Psychology
- History & the Arts
- Nature & Environment
- Science, Maths & Technology
- Society, Politics & Law
FutureLearn – University Level Courses
Explore hundreds amazing e-learning courses from some of the world’s top Universities with FutureLearn. Some are free to enrol on, and millions of people around the globe take part every year.
Looking for live small-group webinars rather than self-directed e-learning? Click here