At a time when higher and further education for workers is under attack the discussion of the social value of lifelong learning assumes an increasing urgency. Whilst adult learning has been conceptualised in terms of individual and social transformation, increasingly the dominant paradigm has been employability and skills acquisition. This tension is evident in trade union learning, but how do union learners themselves situate themselves within this contested territory and what are the factors that influence this? Based upon in-depth testimonies, this seminar explores the learning journeys of 42 union learners and the extent to which it is possible to identify: distinct discourses around employability, skills and national productivity and/or more inclusive conceptualisations around democratic citizenship and social justice. Does the location of union learning in the workplace promote collective and union values and identity and act as a catalyst to activism and politicisation?
Speaker: Dr Sian Moore, Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, Leeds Business School
Time: 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Model Farmhouse, Barn 2, Hendon campus
Further information: This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend. To confirm a place please email Pamela Macaulay: firstname.lastname@example.org Postgraduate and PhD students are particularly welcome. Refreshments will be provided.
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