POA Learning

POA Learning are the learning arm of the Professional Trade Union for Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers (POA). They have, since 2003, been successful in their bid applications for funding from the English Government Union Learning Fund (ULF) and more recently from the Welsh Government Union Learning Fund (WULF).

POA Learning offer a large range of courses including Functional Skills, Level 2 Distance Learning courses, the Award in Education, CPD courses and bespoke courses such as Resilience, ADHD Awareness and Success Profiles.

The courses are available to POA members, their families, local communities and ancillary organisations.

POA Learning have centres across England and Wales, for more details please visit: www.poalearning.org.uk.


Campaign to save Union Learning Fund

As you may be aware, POA Learning is funded by the Union Learning Fund, a government fund with the aim of supporting trade unions to widen access to learning and training in workplaces whilst also supporting community members to build key skills.

On Tuesday 6 October 2020, POA Learning received a letter from the Department for Education saying that without any negotiation Ministers have decided to end the Union Learning Fund from March 2021. This fund is key to maintaining our project; without it, unfortunately, POA Learning, under the Union Learning Fund, will no longer be able to continue.

Please find the following Circulars relating to our campaign to save the Union Learning Fund:


Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.