National Learning Agreement
The National Learning Agreement (NLA) was jointly agreed ans signed off by Napo, the Probation Association and the TUC at the Napo Learning & Development Conference in July 2009.
It was negotiated by Christine Lawrie (CEO of the Probation Association) and Jonathan Ledger (General Secretary of Napo) who, at that time, were both Joint Secretaries of the National Negotiating Committee (NNC).
The NLA was re-launched at the Napo Union Learning Fund (ULF) dissemination event for employers in Birmingham on 1st June 2011, at which time there was a positive response from employers to engage with ULRs and the NLA.
The NLA comprises four documents:
1. (Revised) NNC Circular NO 9/2009 (this should be available on your local Intranet. If not, please contact your Branch Chair or the ULF team to access a copy).
2. JOINT STATEMENT ON WORKPLACE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT
The National Probation Service Joint Working Agreement (2003) sets out as a key principle the Employers’ and Trade Unions’ commitment to having a well-motivated, well-led, highly trained and professional workforce.
Download a copy of the joint statement here Joint Statement
3. MODEL LEARNING AGREEMENT
This Agreement defines the aims and objectives to support the growth of workplace learning and development opportunities and skills for life.
Download Model Agreement here Model Agreement
The Model Agreement should be agreed and signed up to in each Trust/Area/Section via the established local Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC/JNCC) with ULRs acting as specialist advisors. Assistance at initial meetings can be requested from the ULF Project Team.
4. WORKPLACE LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - MODEL TERMS OF REFERENCE
The aim of the committee will be to promote, initiate and support learning and development activities. It will work to make learning opportunities as accessible as possible to all employees, enabling them to increase skills and maximise their potential.
Download Model Terms of Reference
The functions of the Workplace Learning and Development Committee should be to:
(i) Review, monitor and make recommendations
(ii) Evaluate and review workplace learning and development initiatives
(iii) Jointly promote and develop existing learning initiatives
(iv) Encourage employees to take advantage of opportunities for workplace learning and development;
(v) Ensure that workplace learning and development opportunities are available to all employees
(vi) support the role of Union Learning Representatives (ULRs)
A further document, Model 'Employer's Skills Pledge' is a signed commitment from the employers to facilitate, support and encourage CPD in the workplace.