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Learn During Your Lunchtime


Published at 9:23am 15th May 2012. (Updated at 9:24am 15th May 2012)

You can try your hand at everything from digital photography to wicker weaving in Dorchester on Thursday lunchtime.

Unionlearn, the education arm of the TUC are holding a free event at the Corn Exchange as part of Learning At Work Day.

The free event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday 17th May and really has something for everyone. There will be training on Skills for Life and digital photography from Dorset Adult Learning, practical cycle safety, basic first aid and healthy cooking sessions from staff at Dorset County Council. Whilst First Dorset Credit Union will be helping people manage their money and supporting those in difficulty.

There will also be activities around green skills with Dave Levi from West Dorset District Council Recycling Officer and Jim Sherman a solar panel expert from Bridport.

For those of a crafty leaning there will be a chance to have a go at wicker weaving, cake decoration or even learn some songs with community singing workshop from Jane Silver-Corran. There will also be stalls from various community groups and information about how to getting involved with learning in the workplace.

Keith Hatch from unionlearn said: "Thousands of people across the country will be joining in Learning at Work day activities either in their place of work, or like the event in Dorchester, in a community space. Unionlearn is really pleased to be working with the Dorset County Council Branch of UNISON to put all these sessions, activities and tasters on and we'd encourage everyone to pop into the Corn Exchange and try their hand at something new."

"The event is free and open to everyone, it doesn't matter where you work across Dorchester, or if you don't for that matter, just drop by and have a go."

Amanda Brown, UNISON Dorset County Branch Assistant Branch Secretary, said:

"UNISON and Unionlearn are well known for supporting workers' rights and their campaigning activities, but they also have incredibly creative and supportive education sections, which many people may not know about. We are currently working hard in both the private and public sectors, getting learning on the agenda with learning champions in unionised and non unionised workplaces"

"The Learning at Work Day event will hold a wide variety of workshops and taster sessions on Thursday 17th May which will provide a window on some of the excellent training opportunities across Dorset for those wishing to have a go."
"We're all quite excited about this opportunity, and we have the backing of Dorset County Council's Chief Executive, David Jenkins, who has given us his full support for our learning event on Thursday."

The Learning at Work Day event takes place in the Dorchester Corn Exchange on Thursday 17th May from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info contact the Unison Office in Dorchester on 01305 224436

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