Embargo: 00.01 Friday 27th April, 2012

TUC Education today launched its innovative Equality Act eNote, one of a new suite of eNotes at the Black Workers Conference. The Equality Act 2010 eNote uses multimedia to provide key information about the legislation and includes interviews, reviews of important aspects of the legislation and advice and guidance for union reps, advocates and anyone who needs to know more about the Act. The eNote is an online e-learning module that presents vital information on a variety of topics in an accessible way, including the Sick Note (supported by the Family Doctors Association) and Additional Paternity Leave.

The eNote is online and as such is fully portable and can be used as both as a learning tool and as a handy reference resource. It has been developed by TUC Education, using specialist policy officers, as well as its considerable experience of workforce education, to develop the eNote. With endless possibilities in the training and development area, this is also a boon for HR practitioners, line managers and a variety of organisations that need to have accurate and up-to-date information at their fingertips. The information can be accessed at leisure and can be paused and repeated to suit your pace and interest.

TUC Black Workers' Conference begins today Friday 27 April and ends on Sunday 29 April at TUC headquarters in central London. It will feature keynote speakers Doreen Lawrence and Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna MP, as well as General Secretary Brendan Barber's first TUC conference speech since announcing that he is to retire at the end of the year.

Liz Rees, TUC Trade Union Education Manager said:

'Trade unions have always been at the forefront of widening participation in education and training and with eNotes, we can disseminate vital knowledge about equality issues and the Equality Act 2010 to anyone who can get online. eNotes have the potential to revolutionise learning, bringing education to people at their fingertips - on their smartphones, laptops, tablets, or desk tops. Sign up at www.tuclearning.net.

I am delighted to launch this at the TUC's Black Workers Conference, which is a key platform for fighting for a fairer society. It is part of the continuing fight against racism that TUC Education is proud to play a part in, with publications such as Tackling Racism.'

For more information contact Wanda Wyporska on 07795 844 728.

Notes to editors

- E-notes can be found at: http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/index.cfm/raot/

- Case study: Doctors are notoriously short of time and yet need to keep up with the latest developments in health policy and legislation. The Sick Note E-note is a great example of how training and knowledge can be delivered in bite-sized chunks, at everyone's convenience. All the staff at a doctor's surgery can access the E-note, whether it's the receptionist or the registrar, at the touch of a button. The Sick Note E-note covers how a Sick Note is completed, what the implications are for GPs, patients and union reps and includes real-life scenarios. There is also a comprehensive list of resources at the end.

- TUC Education has a record 15 Ofsted outstanding reports.

- The TUC Black Workers Conference takes place between 2pm on Friday 27 April and 1pm on Sunday 29 April at Congress House, Great Russell Street London WC1B 3LS.

- Doreen Lawrence, Chuka Umunna MP and Brendan Barber will address the conference during the Friday afternoon session (2pm-5.30pm).

Press release (600 words) issued 27 Apr 2012