UNISON provides Education Services for Members and Activists that includes Stewards, Health & Safety Reps and Lifelong Learning Reps.
If you are an Activist (Steward or Health & Safety Rep) and looking for a Union course then please click here to fill out an online application form.If you wish to find out more about what UNISON Education services can offer you as a member then please visit the Education pages on the UNISON website or contact the Branch Education Officer.
My role as Branch Education Officer is to co-ordinate the training for all Las UNISON reps, including new stewards, Health and Safety reps and Branch Officers. I have been able to ensure that courses are relevant and focus on a LAS perspective.
I have been able to arrange and support your UNISON representatives across all LAS stations to undertake and complete UNISON/TUC courses in the following (which also include other union related courses):
- Introductory Organising Stewards
- Handling Grievances & Disciplinaries
- Health & Safety
- Sickness Absence
These courses have helped and continue to help your representatives develop the skills, tools and knowledge they need to give you the best possible advice and representation as and when you need it.
I have a database to record all training undertaken by each Branch Officer and Rep as well as new Reps in order that they can be fully accredited and are able to undertake appropriate and relevant refresher courses.
Over the last five years I have developed UNISON Stewards training, by running several in-house LAS UNISON ‘Introductory Stewards’ ‘Grievances, Disciplinary and Health and Safety courses. By running the courses in-house we can focus entirely on LAS procedures and policy’s and stewards from different stations and sectors have a chance to share information and best practice.
I have arranged a five-day in-house ‘Organising Stewards’ course for all the new LAS UNISON station stewards, starting on 28th April 2016. The course covers the many roles a rep has to play in the workplace, equality and organising issues, the branch structure and disciplinary and grievance procedures.
On completing the course all new stewards become officially accredited. The London Ambulance service UNISON branch has pioneered new ways of organising in- house courses for their reps and recognises the quicker we get our new reps properly trained and accredited then the sooner they can give the best representation and advice to their members.
The Branch has set up a book/apps grant scheme for LAS UNISON Members, which I facilitate This is a branch run scheme where we can assist all members, new and long serving, with their educational needs by reimbursing them up to FIFTY (£50) pounds for the cost of books/apps. The scheme is going from strength to strength with not only new trainee paramedics using it but long serving members returning to education, taking advantage of the book grant scheme.
How UNISON courses work
To apply for a course contact your branch education co-ordinator or branch secretary in the first instance.
For most courses, you will need to complete an application form included in the relevant regional or national education programme.
Accessible to all
We will provide course materials in large print or braille and provide facilitation on UNISON courses as long as your requirements are clear when you complete the course application form.
If you have childcare or other caring responsibilities and you are attending training away from home or when you would not normally be at work UNISON will provide a creche or cover the cost of care.
UNISON pays for the activist training courses and materials for courses.
Where there is a charge, it is to branches, not to you.
Some member education is also free to learners, and in other cases you can apply for a bursary or book grant to help with costs.
If you are interested in finding out more, talk to your branch education co-ordinator or branch secretary.
Time off for training
Stewards, health and safety reps and union learning reps have the right to paid time off for training in their union duties in workplaces where UNISON is recognised for collective bargaining by the employer. This also applies to part-time activists and those who take part in online courses.
UNISON advises activists to give several weeks notice to employers and to provide managers with information about the course as required.
If you or your branch are experiencing difficulties in obtaining time off for trade union training contact your regional organiser or regional education officer.
Learning for you
Learning through UNISON can help you develop your confidence, skills and knowledge.
Our courses can help you
- become more active and involved around issues that concern you;
- tackle change and uncertainty at work;
- progress your career;
- learn for fun and personal development.
Our learning opportunities include the award-winning Return to Learn programme, provided by the union, which is aimed at members who want to get back into learning. No previous qualifications are needed for any courses, and there are no costs to individual members.
UNISON branches and regions can also provide information and support on IT, reading and maths courses . These courses are sometimes offered in your workplace or you can ask for advice from your branch education officer, lifelong learning co-ordinator or union learning representative.