The Bridges to Learning partnership closed at the end of March 2021. You can read about our work via our case studies. Our online hub continues to list and link you to courses available from our excellent learning provider partners

Bridges to Learning was an exciting partnership between UNISON, the Open University and the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA). Running from 2001 until 2021.

Our purpose was to help people achieve professional qualifications and employment opportunities, whatever their starting point: and to build the UNISON role in lifelong learning and workforce development. The partnership engaged thousands of learners, many of whom had done no learning at all since leaving school. Learners entered into all levels of adult learning, from entry level English and Maths to postgraduate research. Working with employers and UNISON branches throughout the North East, Bridges to Learning developed progression pathways for learners in the health, social care and education sectors.