6 October 2021

A new podcast and video series has been created to support the qualification in workers’ rights developed by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and Skills and Education Group.

Season two of the Know Your Rights podcast has been designed specifically to tie into the Level 1 Award in Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation, a 10-hour course aimed at young people and adults entering or returning to the world of work.

The six episodes cover everything from how to apply for jobs safely to spotting the signs of modern slavery and learning how to report concerns to the GLAA and partner agencies.

All episodes are available to listen to on the GLAA website, as well as on Apple PodcastsSpotify and Amazon Music.

Six promotional videos produced by the Skills and Education Group provide more detail about how the qualification was first developed and the impact that it has had so far.

The videos also feature insights from the diverse range of educational establishments that have delivered the course, as well as from some of the learners themselves, who discuss the skills and knowledge they have acquired through taking the qualification.

GLAA Head of Prevention and Partnerships Frank Hanson said: “We have had a desire at the GLAA to introduce and embed the subject of workers’ rights and labour exploitation into the educational curriculum for a number of years. By working with the Skills and Education Group, we have been able to design a qualification that reflects the modern economy and is relevant for people entering or returning to the workplace.

“The podcasts and videos are more valuable resources we hope learners will use as they work their way through the course. From the start, we were keen to create lessons that were interactive and engaging, and these products complement the existing resources available to those taking the qualification.

“We want young people and adults to be better informed, to understand what their rights are, and to know where to go if they believe something is not right. Knowing your rights is not only vital for staying safe and progressing within your chosen careers but also in creating productive workplaces free from slavery and exploitation.”

Scott Forbes, Director of Member Services and Communications, at Skills and Education Group, said: “These additional resources will add real value to the qualification. Providers will be able to integrate them into their delivery, which will benefit individuals studying the qualification.

“The podcasts are particularly useful and they include a powerful testimony from a survivor sharing his story of being exploited in the construction industry.”

The qualification was launched following an initial pilot phase earlier this year. The findings of this pilot have now been published in an evaluation report, which you can read here.

If you are a college or training provider and would be interested in delivering the qualification, please contact our Relationship Managers for more information.

You can find out more about the qualification here.