Heathrose Research has been selected to conduct an evaluation of the Programme, which is being jointly funded by NZCTU and Ako Aotearoa.
The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Te Kauae Kaimahi (NZCTU) has been running the Learning Representatives initiative (originally inspired by the TUC's Unionlearn model in Britain) since 2005.
The core of the programme is training and supporting Learning Representatives to advocate learning among their co-workers and build learning cultures in the workplace. The NZCTU recognises the value of a collective setting for supporting lifelong learning and this value underpins the work of the Learning Reps Programme.
A key focus is on raising awareness and building understanding of literacy and numeracy issues, with aims to improve completion rates for industry training, as well as other in-house workplace training and development.
The evaluation will focus on examining whether or not the programme has been effective, whether it is more effective than other models of learning interventions, and what the key enabling factors (or barriers) are for success.
The quality of applications for the evaluation was was very high, with fifteen received and three shortlisted.
The evaluation is now underway and we look forward to sharing the results with the education sector and other stakeholders.