Futures Partners with UNISON to Provide Fully Funded Maths and English Training

11th November, 2022 Read time: 2 min

Futures takes another step forward in closing the local skills gap with fully funded Maths and English training for the employed.

As part of our ongoing mission to ensure all members of our communities have access to the training opportunities they need to thrive in their careers, Futures can now officially offer Maths and English qualifications, fully funded, to those in public sector employment.  

This brand-new partnership with UNISON enables us to support those who are in employment, flexibly around work commitments and at the individuals pace, whilst still providing a dedicated virtual Skills Coach.   

Maths and English barriers have been shown to not only impact an individuals' ability to progress in a career but also have a significant impact in daily life and how they can support their children's education. 

UNISONs national ‘Skilled for Work’ survey found that 210,000 people were not confident to apply for a promotion because of their maths and English skills. With 130,000 not confident to even apply for a training course because of their current maths and English skills.  

Maths and English are the essential skills that all public sector workers need.  Without them people don’t feel confident to cope with everyday life and to progress.  It impacts on health, pay and general wellbeing so as a union we are passionate about removing these barriers wherever possible. Gavin McCann, UNISON East Midlands Learning & Development 

This new provision delivered by Futures is unique to any of the short courses we have offered before and takes us another step closer to closing the loop on providing training for everyone. 

Some of the unique factors of UNISON maths and English courses include:  

  • Being available to anyone in public sector employment  
  • No requirement to take time away from your day job as all learning is done flexibly  
  • Can be completed in as little as 4 weeks, with no upper limit on completion time  
  • You will not be left alone - a dedicated Skills Coach from Futures will be on hand to offer one-to-one guidance as well as delivering virtual workshops on some of the more technical topics. 
UNISON is really excited to be partnered with a supportive training organisation with a clear common vision for the East Midlands. Together we aim to ensure public service workers feel confident in their academic skills and ability to achieve their own goals, both professionally and personally. Gavin McCann, UNISON East Midlands Learning & Development 

If you work in the public sector and are interested in earning your Maths or English qualifications up to Level 2 at no cost, contact Futures today to secure your virtual place.  


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