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Resources and useful information

Resources and useful information

Free courses from Unionlearn and The Skills Network

Unionlearn has launched a partnership with The Skills Network offering free qualifications via distance learning.

Most of the courses are GCSE standard and last from 12 to 16 weeks. They are free, but students will have to pay a fee (currently £100) if they do not complete the course.

Unionlearn is the training arm of the Trades Union Congress.

Please note, Prospect will be notified of members who sign up and what learning they are doing.

To qualify for funding you must be aged 19 or over, reside in England or Scotland and have been living in the EU for at least the last three years. You cannot enrol onto a course that you have already completed.

Find out more at

Open University

The Open University has a range of tools and resources to support you evaluate, develop and get on in your career, such as a useful website hosting a range of free, taster courses. The university also runs its own careers advisory service website.

Birkbeck University

Birkbeck University offers a 10% discount to trade union members on all its courses. The university’s website also has very practical and useful information about refreshing your study skills, achieving your goals and developing key skills, such as making presentations.


UnionLearn is an arm of the TUC, dedicated to promoting union learning. It is responsible for managing the Union Learning Fund and produces a range of publications and other materials to aid individuals with their own learning and development.

Guardian Careers

The Guardian Careers website includes a range of CV templates you can download and adapt to suit your needs.

Engineering job opportunities

Prospect is working in partnership with Talent Retention Solution (TRS) to give members direct access to jobs and employers in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector.

TRS aims to keep skilled people in UK jobs and create a vacancy platform for the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector, including aerospace, automotive, civil engineering, defence, energy, marine, manufacturing, nuclear, power generation and renewables.

Prospect supports this initiative. We encourage you to take a look and register, whether you are:

  • interested in continuing a career in the advanced manufacturing and engineering sector
  • at risk of redundancy or in a redeployment situation
  • actively looking for a new job in the sector
  • not actively looking, but want to hear about and have access to job opportunities.

TRS is free, not-for-profit and supported by your union and employers, trade associations and professional bodies.