Napo ULF Project 2009/11

Project Title: 'Building on Success: Promoting Access to Continued Professional Development'


Main Aim: 'Ensure equality of access to CPD for all staff working in Napo and CAFCASS, regardless of professional grade and all other characteristics set out under the Duties and Provisions of the Equality Act 2010'


Ensure that the new PVQ is implemented in line with the Main Aim of the Project.

Ensure that employees are given time, support and encouragement to learn and develop.

Work with Employers to ensure that their Learning and Development Strategies reflect and uphold the rights of employees to CPD, and meet the duties outlined in the Equality Act 2010 and relevant Employment legislation.

Ensure that Equality Impact Assessments are carried out and monitored on all policies and practice guidance.

Work in partnership with Skills for Justice Sector Skills Council to promote Lifelong Learning for skills consolidation and skills development respectively.

Negotiate Model Local Learning Agreements with Employers and assist them by providing guidance to further develop effective policy and practice protocol for employees.

Promote the role of Union Learning Representatives and the benefits of their work for employers and employees.


Contributed to the development and implentation of the PVQ in Community Studies and facilitated access for lower grades to undertake the training and FE/HE options.

Engaged with all employers to ensure that EIA's were conducted on all Learning and Development Policy and Protocols.

Worked in partnership with Skills for Justice (SFJ) to develop the PVQ Competency Framework.

Negotiated and ensured that the Model Learning Agreement was jointly signed by Napo and NOMS in July 2009.

Recruited and trained 35 ULR's from diverse backgrounds, including disabled and BME members; and compiled and England ULR directory.

Raised awareness of Skilld for Life (SfL) training opportunities and qualifications.

Provided briefings and seminars for ULR's and other Napo Representatives to develop understanding of the PVQ.

Promoted the role of ULRs to employers, CAFCASS and Professional Staff Associations (PSAs) in local, regional and national forums.

Worked with the TUC to prvode CPD training for BME Staff.

Delivered and contributed to several national Training Initiatives.

Developed and disseminated publicity materials.

Established a working relationship with the PSA's which has increased the numbers of learners from minority groups.

Established a ULF profile within other Napo Forums.

Secured 3 signed Local Learning Agreements (LLAs).