Category: Learner voices

Shrewsbury Trade Union Education

As an active young disabled member of Unison, I fully support the need for continued trade union education at local trade union study centres. As you may be aware all funding will go in 2017. I feel so strongly that this must not happen, as Unison is the biggest union in the country we need…

Herbert: photographer

Herbert is a photographer who has had his work exhibited all over the country. Leaving school at 16, he trained as bricklayer before returning as an adult to college where his dyslexia was identified for the first time.


Dean arrived at college with few formal qualifications but with years of experience of labouring on building sites. He was new to technology, found it daunting to use a computer and used a pen and paper for written tasks; but he could put his hand to many jobs in the building trade.


16-year-old Adam found it hard to control his anger in school and felt he was making no progress. He likes the calm environment in college. Now, he is gaining qualifications, becoming more confident and has a clearer view of what he wants to do in future. Now, he has hope and self-belief.