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 Online Lost in UNISON Stewards Induction Session

Dates now agreed

Friday 10 & Friday 17 September (10am – 1pm)  Ref 04/21

Register here – Closing date for registration Noon on 1 September

Tuesday 12 & Tuesday 19 October (10am – 1pm) – Ref Lost 05/21

Register hereClosing date for registration Noon on 1 October

Tuesday 7 & Tuesday 14 December (10am – 1pm) – Ref Lost 06/21

Register here – Closing date for registration Noon on 1 December

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

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


NEW Equality in your Branch/Equality Reps

Deadline to register – 1 September

8, 15 & 22 September (Wednesdays) – Register here

Equality is at the heart of everything our union does, and Equality Reps aim to make sure people are treated fairly at work without discrimination. This three-day course is aimed at anyone interested in becoming an equality rep to help you understand the role as well as finding out more about discrimination legislation and promoting equality in your workplace.


NEW Dealing with Reorganisation and Redundancy at Work

Deadline to register – 24 September

5, 12 & 19 October (Tuesdays) – Register here

This three-day course looks at anticipating and dealing with management proposals for change and re-organisation at work. It will also help you prepare a trade union response to protect your members’ interests.


NEW Employment Law

Deadline to register – 20 October

2, 9 & 16 November (Tuesdays) – Register here

This three-day course is aimed at reps who want to develop their understanding of key issues regarding employment law and to refresh their understanding of new developments. The course is aimed at those reps undertaking individual casework and collective issues. The course specifically looks at TUPE and the wider employment law field.


NEW Negotiating Skills

Deadline to register – 30 October

11, 18 & 25 November (Thursdays) – Register here

This three-day course will help participants to develop and practice negotiating skills; be more effective team negotiators; understand that process of negotiating and be familiar with different styles of negotiating.

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.