HWDC Successful Learning

Learning Centre Again Proves Success

Further to the previous courses held in April this year we can report that another 67 members completed courses held at HWDC by Parminder Kaur in October 2010 and were awarded their certificates at a specially organised event. (see picture below)


Learning Takes-Off in Heathrow

Parminder Kaur, Lead ULR for South East No5 branch, and her students held an event on Monday April 26th in HWDC, Langley to celebrate their success in passing their ECDL level 1 course.

The event was very well attended by the students, Branch, West Thames College and Royal Mail management. Bob Lawrence, Head of International Communications at HWDC, introduced the event and welcomed everyone.

Terry Jackson, the CWU South East Regional Secretary, and Dave Cunnington, International Operations Director for Royal Mail, presented the successful students with their certificates as well as a ‘goody bag’ that included £20 in vouchers (£10 each from the CWU & Royal Mail) and a memory stick from West Thames College.

In his opening speech, Terry Jackson said “This is a tremendous success story and Parminder deserves a huge round of applause for all her hard work. This is one of the few examples of the Union and the employer working together – and surprise, surprise it is a success. Perhaps the new agreement will herald a new dawn”.

Dave Cunnington in his welcome speech said “It is a privilege to be here at this event. It is a great example of three organisations (CWU, Royal Mail & West Thames College) working together. The support you have received from your local reps and the wider CWU is superb.”

When Parminder took on her role as Lead ULR in HWDC the learning project had stalled however Parminder has worked tirelessly to get courses and learning for her members. Parminder has built wonderful relationships with not only her members but with the local Royal Mail management and her learning provider.

Joe Showler, South East Learning Project Worker, was full of praise for Parminder, “Parminder is very passionate about learning and has been extremely effective and dedicated in her approach. She has broken down so many barriers to achieve something very wonderful here. Despite all this success, Parminder is very modest about her efforts and achievements. Parminder is a great example of how a ULR can change perceptions about union learning and address the skills needs and aspirations of our members.”

Parminder was one of the fifty-three members who passed the course. The course was run over Tuesdays and Wednesdays with many of the students coming in early before their shift or staying on after their shift to attend the course.

The follow on course, ECDL Level 2, has already begun and as has a new ECDL Level 1 such is the thirst for learning in Langley.

Parminder said afterwards “Since I started working with the CWU, I have realised how effective unions can be! Unions are organisations that really help people, and I am also really grateful to the management team at HWDC who are supporting us as well.

When somebody talks to me about their learning needs, I try my hardest to help them and provide Information Advice and Guidance to signpost them to colleges if we can’t provide the course or courses ourselves. I am confident in the future we will bring even better and more varied courses that everyone will benefit from. Being a ULR is hard work but extremely rewarding!”

I am Parminder Kaur Lead ULR at HWDC and with my fellow ULR, Jerry Hatherall, I have been working very hard to raise my profile as ULR and support my colleagues to get into learning through courses in our learning centre. When somebody talks to me about their learning needs, I try my hardest to help them and provide information Advice and Guidance to signpost them to colleges if we can’t provide the course in-house.

Since I started working with the CWU, I have realised how effective union can be! Unions are organisations that really help people, and I am grateful to CWU South East no.5 branch, Royal mail’s International Operations director Dave Cunnington and Bob Lawrence and West Thames College, who are supported us to run a successful course ECDL- L1.

Last week on 26th of April we arranged a event to personally present certificates and recognition awards to those members of the international community who have been awarded the European Computer Driving Licence Level 1. I am really thankful to CWU, Terry Jackson and HWDC, Dave Cunnington ,who present certificate’s and £20 vouchers and I am also thankful to West Thames college, Who present a memory stick and college bags to our 53 colleagues.

Our Learning centre and Jerry and I since we began our project, I am confident in future we will bring even better and more varied course that everyone will benefit from. Being a ULR is hard work but extremely rewarding!.

Please open the PDF above to see a list of the Employees who received an ECDL Certificate.

Terry Jackson, the CWU South East Regional Secretary, and Dave Cunnington, International Operations Director for Royal Mail presenting Parminder Kaur with her certificate.

Terry Jackson, the CWU South East Regional Secretary, and Dave Cunnington, International Operations Director for Royal Mail presenting Lata Velara with her certificate.


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