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

Please note attendees must be an elected Steward to attend this course and their membership record must confirm this. The deadline to register is 12 noon on Wednesday 1 September

Commencing Monday 13 September 2021 –  Register here

To improve the learners experience and based on feedback from attendees on our previous courses the tutors will run an online session each Monday for the six weeks the course is running between 10am and 3pm (with a break for lunch) vis MS Teams to take the learners through the course in an online classroom format. Feedback suggests this ensures a more interactive way of learning and provides more opportunity for attendees to interact, network and learn from each other.  Attendees will need to secure time off on all six days of the course and be aware that the course duration is 30 hours.

  • This is a regional online course for untrained stewards in the Greater London Region, leading to ERA accreditation.
  • The course will run for 6 Mondays (13, 20 & 27 September then 4, 11 & 18 October) and will be delivered by CONEL (College of North East London)
  • This is a regional online course for untrained stewards in the Greater London Region, leading to ERA accreditation.
  • The course will run for 6 Mondays (17th, 24 May then 7, 14, 21 & 28 June – avoiding bank holiday) and will be delivered by CONEL (College of North East London)
  • 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 Friday 3 September 2021.

Commencing 17 September 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 Fridays (17, 24 September then 1, 8, 15 and 22 October) and will be delivered by CONEL (College of North East London)
  • The tutors will run an online session each Friday for the six weeks the course is running between 10am and 3pm(with a break for lunch) vis MS Teams to take the learners through the course in an online classroom format, 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.
  • 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 DATES Online Branch Health & Safety Officers 

Dates now agreed

Wednesday 30 June

Wednesday 7 July

Wednesday 14 July

 All sessions are to be from 10am – 4pm via the online platform – MS Teams.

This course is 17 hours in duration and will include webinars, group work and tutorials – all on-line.  You will need to attend all three sessions and you are encouraged to request time off from your employer to attend this training.  If you need any support in requesting time off, please contact your branch in the first instance.

To register or for more info please contact Amanda Mayers, Education Administrator a.mayers@unison.co.uk 

  • 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
  • NEW Online Lost in UNISON Stewards Induction Session

    Dates now agreed

    Thursday 10 & Wednesday 16 June

    Thursday 15 & Thursday 22 July

    (both sessions 10am –1pm)

    UNISON is committed to helping and developing you, our new stewards through this initial period while you’re still finding your feet. We’d like to invite you to attend a steward induction session which will give you some training in steward basics, allow you to explore your role, develop your skills and gain the experience and confidence to be an effective steward in your workplace.  You will also meet other new stewards and have an opportunity to become part of a new mentoring program designed to support new stewards in their workplace and the branch.

    Thinking of becoming a steward? Then Lost In Unison is also open to you. It’s a great way to find out more about the role and what it involves before making a decision.

    The course will run online (via MS Teams) and will be 2 short sessions each of 3 hours (10am -1pm). You do need to be able to attend both sessions.  To register please complete the relevant form for the date you would like to attend

    Thursday 10 & Wednesday 16 June (10am – 12pm) – Ref Lost 02/21

    Closing date for registration Noon on 27 May – Register here

    Thursday 15 & Thursday 22 July (10am – 12pm) – Ref Lost 03/21

    Closing date for registration Noon on 1 July – Register here

    If you need any more information regarding Online Lost in UNISON please contact Amanda Mayers (a.mayers@unison.co.uk)

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.