Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and Union Learn Northern Ireland have organised a Unionlearn Conference, which highlights the importance of the learning opportunities in the workplace. In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Unionlearn project both in CLS and within the local community in Derry, Aegis the Union Union Learn Representative Gareth Moore won the Union Learn Representative of the Year award at the conference which took place on 23rd March in Belfast.
Gareth has been instrumental over the last two years in helping Aegis deliver on targets, the most notable being him setting up and delivering the Sage Level 2; computerised bookkeeping and accounts for 17 people. He also opened this course to the local community and sign posted the course for a number of people who had been long-term unemployed. As a direct result of this course, two of the long-term unemployed obtained full-time employment within weeks of completion, gaining new skills and confidence.
Gareth also has set up and delivered IFA grassroots football course for 18 people. He again opened this course to the local community and had people from all walks of life on this course. The course was a great success and all involved have learnt transferable coaching skills. In addition Gareth had also helped signpost the essential skills courses for CLS employees as well as the local community.
Gareth is the second of Aegis' Unionlearn reps from N.Ireland to win this award from ICTU. Last year Jacqueline Morrow from CLS in Derry received the same award at ICTU's Union Learn Conference.
Commenting on the award, Aegis the Union General Secretary Brian Linn said: "Winning the union learning award in Ireland two years in a row is an amazing achievement for Aegis the Union.
I'd like to congratulate Gareth for all the hard work he has done to help make the award possible. We are all very proud of him.
Aegis the Union's learning projects have undoubtedly helped to embed learning cultures within CLS and the other businesses whilst strengthening the strategic partnerships between Aegis the Union and employers."
Gareth and his counterparts are the backbone of the Unionlearn project and the unions they represent. Aegis the Union is proud to support the Unionlearn project and ever eager to welcome aboard new reps who will be trained to cultivate the lifelong learning culture in the workplace as well as within the community.