OECD Local Skills Week: Future-Proofing Local Skills Systems


Stephen John Craig

Unite the Union

National Development Officer


Stephen Craig is National Development Officer with Unite the Union (UK), responsible for learning, and skills activities at public and private sector level. Previously, a Trade Union Studies/Industrial Relations Lecturer in Further and Higher Education, he has taught at the ILO Training Centre in Turin and was researcher on several learning and skills-related reports. Foe over twenty years he worked as a Project Manager on several national/international learning and skills initiatives (including European Social Fund, Union Modernisation, and the Union Learning Fund). A Full-Time Official in union’s covering the maritime industry, education and construction sectors, Stephen has progressed skills and joint union-management programmes with companies including EDF, Fords, BP, Skanska. He was on the Drafting Group for the ILC ‘Shaping skills and lifelong learning for the future of work’ (2021) report; is Trade Union Coordinator (Ethical Trade Initiative); Advisory Board member Work & Equalities (University of Manchester); on the Cross-Construction Apprenticeship taskforce; on the Unite Environment Taskforce and is a UEFA ‘C’ Licence Football Coach. Useful links Learn with unite: https://www.learnwithunite.org/ Courses with Unite: https://www.learnwithunite.org/courses/ Publications Unionlearn (2019), How the Union Learning Fund (ULF) transforms learners’ lives: https://www.unionlearn.org.uk/sites/default/files/publication/ULF%2020%20years.pdf ILO (2021), Shaping skills and lifelong learning for the future of work, https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_813696.pdf ILO (2019), A framework for quality apprenticeships, https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_norm/---relconf/documents/meetingdocument/wcms_731155.pdf ILO (2021), A human-centered approach to Skills and Lifelong Learning: The role of Trade Unions, ILO (2019), Lifelong Learning: Concepts, issues and actions: https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---ed_emp/---ifp_skills/documents/publication/wcms_711842.pdf Learning & Work Institute (2020), Levelling up skills after coronavirus The role of trade unions and social partnership in workforce training, https://learningandwork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Levelling-up-skills-after-coronavirus-The-role-of-trade-unions-and-social-partnership-in-workforce-training.pdf

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