Derby Homes sign up to ground-breaking learning agreement

The organisation that manages and maintains Derby City Council’s social housing has signed UNISON’s Learning Charter in a bustling event at their London Road HQ.

By signing up to the initiative, Derby Homes has committed to supporting all staff to achieve a level 2 qualification in Maths and English, as well as encouraging further professional and personal development.

Mike Ainsley and Rachel Hodson hold the signed learning charter together with a group of workers in the background.
Chair of Derby Homes Mike Ainsley said: “All through my working life, I’ve been a trade union member and have benefited from the courses they provided. As Chair of Derby Homes, I want to make sure every employee gets the same opportunities that I’ve had so they can grow and flourish.”Good relationships with trade unions are fundamental. By working together, we can build an organisation that people are proud of and are desperate to work for. The more we can develop our staff, the better the service we can provide for our tenants.

“It’s a no-brainer for any employer to get involved with this initiative.”

UNISON Regional Organiser Emma Roberts said: “It is hugely encouraging to see Derby Homes commit to our charter. As a trade union, we continually fight for better terms and conditions for workers, and ensuring access to development opportunities is an essential part of this.

“UNISON has enjoyed a positive relationship with Derby Homes for several years now, and by signing this learning charter, they have demonstrated that they are providing a route for staff to progress within the business.”

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