UNISON Cymru Wales Learning

We have a dedicated team of learning organisers here in Wales. They are here to support our members, Branches and self-organised groups to access the best free online learning and development opportunities around.

Here’s our offer…

UNISON Skills Builder

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.

Skills Builder uses practical examples to bring the ideas to life. 

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.

Click here to find out more

CVs, Applications & Interviews

We’ve put together some of the best resources from Wales and the UK to help you look for a new job or advance in your career, including:

  • Value My Skills game from TUC
  • Develop my Skills tips and courses from the Open University
  • Finding a Job Online courses from LearnMyWay
  • Getting a Job resources from Careers Wales
  • UNISON’s Moving On Toolkit for ULRs
  • Mid-Career Reviews from Age at Work Wale

Click here to find out more

Mental Health & Wellbeing

We now have a dedicated page with mental health and wellbeing related help, support, and learning resources including our free e-learning courses available to you and your colleagues

Click here to find out more


Webinars hosted on GoToTraining

We are running regular live, small group webinars delivered by our expert tutors using GoToTraining. They’re generally 2-3 hour interactive sessions whether you can connect with other members from across Wales. Regular topics include:

  • Greening the Workplace
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Neurodiversity in the Workplace
  • Managing for the First Time
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Confidence Building & Assertiveness
  • Resilience & Change
  • Secondary & Vicarious Trauma
  • All Wales Induction Framework for Health & Social Care (theory)

Click here to book on GoToTraining

Email us if you can’t find the course you’re looking for and we’ll add you to our waiting list.

Webinars hosted on Teams & Zoom

We also run a range of special webinars from third-party providers using Zoom and MS Teams, including special programmes from:

  • The Open University in Wales
  • Digital Communities Wales
  • G2G Communities
  • Mermaids
  • Ollie Gwyther

Click here book onto our webinars on Teams & Zoom

Email us if you can’t find the course you’re looking for and we’ll add you to our waiting list.

Access e-Learning Pathways 

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Vital online training pathways for public service workers – now live and on an all-new learning platform!!!

During the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of Welsh public service workers have registered for our e-LearningForYou (eLFY) pathways.

We have now extended that offer to include a whole new catalogue of courses, complete with a new website and a new mobile app – Access Workspace.

If you previously registered with e-LearningForYou through UNISON Cymru Wales, you should have received an email asking you to create a new account with Access Workspace. All of your completed learning will be transferred over to the new platform.

Find out more and register for free by clicking here


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.

The content for each Functional Skills and GCSE Maths & English module has been written in conjunction with Gateshead College; rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The Maths and English revision modules have been developed to reinforce and underpin members’ existing knowledge through a continuous learning experience delivered on the Wranx platform.

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.

Wranx uses spaced repetition in the form of ‘daily drills’ – a series of around 10 questions a day. What makes Wranx different is that you will be asked a question and then shown the answer. You then have to assess how well you knew that answer, using one of six different ratings, from ‘I knew it’ to ‘I didn’t know it’. Wranx then schedules the question to appear again at a later date… further in the future if you were confident with that question, and sooner if you are not as strong on that topic. This method is scientifically proven to accelerate the learning process!

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

See a full list of modules available on Wranx

Register for access by clicking here

…and choose “UNISON Wales” as your union from the drop down menu.

Staff Skills Academy

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.

Find out more and apply by clicking here


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)

Click here to register 

…and enter the centre code 8005218 – UNISON Cymru Wales

Online events

Check out these special events, all part of UNISON’s UK-wide member learning offer


We also organise one-off online events that learners can either watch live or watch later, linked to the most pressing topics for public service workers in Wales.

Understanding PTSD and was delivered by Anglesey-based BABCP accredited CBT expert, Keith Fearns. You can view the video below and share it with your friends and colleagues.

Our second event was Supporting Learning Through Creativity in March 2021, when we presented an interesting and entertaining morning designed for the wonderful Schools Staff who have kept learning going throughout the pandemic.

This special two-hour event featured three amazing speakers:

  • IntoFilm who use movies to inspire learning,
  • G2G Communities – the UK’s first Lego Education centre,
  • and a performance and talk from the wonderful poet John Agard

Signposting Service

We have collected together all of the best online learning, training and advice available to public service workers in Wales on one Padlet board, including the wonderful opportunities to learn provided by our friends at the Open University and Digital Communities Wales.

We also offer a telephone and email advice service to members in Wales

You can explore the Padlet below.

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Digital Champions

We’re looking for those wonderful people who can volunteer to help their colleagues, friends, neighbours and family to use digital technology safely, securely and with confidence.

Working with Digital Communities Wales we provide fully-funded training and one-to-one support for workplace Digital Champions, giving you access to the brilliant Digital Champions Network and a community of volunteers across Wales and the rest of the UK.


Learning Grants

UNISON members in Wales can access two grants to support their learning and development outside of the courses we offer directly.

Member Learning Grants

UNISON funds a range of grants to members across the United Kingdom who are looking to advance their skills and careers, including up to £500 towards Open University courses and £300 towards other training.

Click here to find out all the details and how to apply

Grants for Qualifications (Wales only)

Public Service workers in Wales who are looking to take part in accredited qualifications can apply to our WULF project for a grant of up to £200 to help with course fees.

Applications are decided by our Project Board on a quarterly basis and are subject to approval by our Welsh Government funders.

UNSAIN WULF Grant Cymhwyster – Ffurflen gais (CY) – 2021-22

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