Purpose of a Branch Learning Fund
The purpose of a Branch Learning Fund is to allow GMB members through the process of completing an application form, to apply for educational funding to assist them to advance themselves either in the workplace or outside of employment. Especially if they are facing losing their employment through redundancy. The funding will be supported by the Branch to whatever capacity it is able. It aims to extend the offer of union membership that is already in existence to consolidate the lifelong learning initiative within the region. Thus growing the union with regards to membership and also as equally important, retaining members by assisting them to undertake training with a view to gaining employment. Branches who have set up their own Branch Learning fund can show that operating a Branch Learning Fund has increased Branch Membership and attendance at Branch Meetings.