Education

If you think you might like to become more active in your union then we are happy to offer the training.

Course Cancellations (face to face training)

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic ALL face-to-face regional training courses are currently cancelled.  This is under regular review subject to Government guidance. Whilst this is the case we are working closely with our tutors regarding online course provision for the Autumn – details of our courses as they are released will be published below.

NEW Online Stewards

Deadline to register 12pm on Monday 1st March 2021.

Commencing 18 March 2021 – Register here

  • This is a regional online course for untrained stewards in the Greater London Region, leading to ERA accreditation.
  • The course will run for 6 Thursdays (18, 25 March, 1, 22, 29 April & 6 May) and will be delivered by CONEL (College of North East London)
  • Please note to attend you must have been elected as a steward by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system.
  • WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER? 
    • understand the role of an organising union in public services;
    • recognise the importance of equalities in UNISON;
    • work with members to tackle issues in the workplace;
    • work with members in resolving cases;
    • know where and when to seek advice and guidance;
    • understand how procedures work in practice;
    • handle grievance and disciplinary and similar types of cases as the representative of UNISON members within your workplace;
    • be certified as competent to accompany members at a disciplinary and grievance hearing in line with Employment Relations Act 1999;
    • understand the broader roles in which UNISON operates, including internationally.

NEW Online Health & Safety Reps

Deadline to register 12pm on Monday 1st March 2021.

Commencing 18 March 2021 – Register here

  • This is a regional online course for untrained health & safety reps in the Greater London Region, covering all aspects of the role.
  • The course will run for 6 Thursdays (18, 25 March, 1, 22, 29 April & 6 May) and will be delivered by CONEL (College of North East London)
  • Please note to attend you must have been elected as a Health & Safety Rep by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system.
  • WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER? 
    • Health and Safety: an organising approach
    • The UNISON Health & Safety Reps Role
    • Health and Safety Law
    • Facilities, Time-off & Training for Health & Safety Reps
    • Interviewing About a Health and Safety Problem
    • Workplace Inspections
    • Risk Assessments
    • Branch Organisation for Health and Safety
    • Safety Committees
    • Helping members to take up problems – procedures

    Although the course is online, the delivery of this course will be similar to a face to face course, albeit via an online platform, therefore attendees will need to secure time off on all six days of the course and be aware that the course duration is 30 hours.

NEW Online Branch Health & Safety Officers 

Date to be confirmed – Express interest here 

  • This is a regional online course for untrained Branch Health & Safety Officers, or those in need of a refresher in the Greater London Region, covering all aspects of the role.
  • The course is for those health and safety reps who wish to take on a wider role in organising and co-ordinating the work of health and safety reps across the branch. It is also for those who wish to extend their negotiating role with management on health and safety
  • Please note to attend you must have been elected as a Branch Health & Safety Officer by your branch and be showing as such on the membership system.
  • The training is 17 hours in duration and will include webinars, group work and tutorials- all on-line.
  • WHAT WILL THE COURSE COVER?

    • Understand the role of the Branch Health and Safety Officer
    • Learn how the role fits into and is supported by UNISON’s structure
    • Plan mapping your branch for Health and Safety Organisation
    • Reinforce your knowledge of Health and Safety rights and how to use these to organise
    • Practice negotiating risk assessment issues on a health and safety committee

If you need any more information regarding online courses or our activists education programme please contact Amanda Mayers.

Can I get time off to learn? Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice.

Can I get time off for online courses? Online learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.