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Learning and Organising Course Programme 2014

Education 2015
Course programme with all the course details PDF




The Learning Team
Jim Burnett, Nancy Kelly, Margaret Cook and Kevin Duguid launch the 2015 programme.

Welcome to UNISON Scotland's Education Programme for

Our courses continue to prove very popular, particularly for new UNISON Stewards. We offer training to ensure new Stewards are accredited by law and, more importantly, feel confident in their role.

All our regional courses are held in large cities/towns and, with the exception of specialised courses, they are tutored by specially trained UNISON staff or fully qualified Lay Tutors who are activists themselves.

We also offer Refresher training for more experienced activists and a number of specific courses where people can develop their skills in Representation, Negotiation etc. Our short Employment Law courses are as popular as ever and are delivered by our partners Thompsons Solicitors.

We have developed a separate structured Leadership programme for Branch Officers (a series of modules open to Branch Officers who attend the Branch Officer training weekend in April). The aim of the programme is to produce a group of well trained senior Branch Officers who can transform UNISON into a campaigning and organising union from workplace level up.

We can also offer a suite of short workshops on a huge variety of issues which are designed to be delivered at local workplace level.

Our guide to who is best suited to which course to obtain the skills and knowledge required to organise and support our members is on page 33 of the programme.

Well trained activists are the backbone of our union - and we aim to provide relevant, quality education to equip them for the challenges we face. In these times when the coalition government and large employers are attacking the trade unions and cutting public services we need to ensure the best possible support for our hard working local Branch representatives.

Our Regional Programme is only the core of what we offer. Where Branches have sufficient numbers to run a course at local level we can assist. Where there is demand for something extra (for example, womens assertiveness/confidence building), we will do our best to meet that. There are also a large number of courses that run best at Branch level, for example, Procurement, Shared Services, Campaigning etc. Talk to your Local, Area, or Regional Organiser about how to organise local training.#

UNISON can offer our members many opportunities to learn with our dedicated Lifelong Learning Projects well under way.

New for 2015 will be our separate programme for Member Learning opportunities and we plan to launch that in March.

We have worked hard to ensure that our programme contains something for everyone and we hope you will find the course you need to enhance your skills and knowledge and keep you Trained and Active in UNISON.

Good Luck

Jim Burnett Chair, Learning and Organising Committee
Margaret Cook Vice-Chair, Learning and Organising
Nancy Kelly Regional Organiser, Educatio

Further information from Nancy Kelly on n.kelly@unison.co.uk
or Activist Education (Scotland)
01463 715891



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For information, advice and support re:
*The regional training programme for activists and members
*Learning at work
Space*Individual or branch training needs
Please contact
Nancy Kelly
Regional Organiser Education

Activist Education (Scotland)
01463 715891





Your Branch is the first point of contact if you wish to apply for a UNISON or TUC-run course. Application forms for all courses will need to be signed by a Branch Officer - usually the Branch Secretary or Branch Education Officer.

If you are looking for a particular course which is not listed in this programme, please contact your Branch who can discuss the development and delivery of new courses with the Regional Organiser - Education.

Some Branches deliver courses in tandem with this Regional Training Programme - contact your Branch who will be able to advise you on the course most suitable to your needs.

Your Branch should have a Branch Development and Organising Plan, which will look at the training needs of activists and members. Some courses run most successfully at Branch level - these courses include:

  • Pathways (encouraging women members into activism)
  • Pathways into Equal Pay (encouraging women into activism through equal pay)
  • Recruitment (assisting the Branch in recruiting new members and new activists)
  • One Step Ahead (aimed at experienced activists who haven't attended training for around four years)



UNISON has seven service groups - Local Government, Health, Energy, Police, Higher Education, Transport, Water & Environment. The Learning & Organising Committee work with the service groups to look at training needs for members and activists around the negotiating and bargaining agenda.

Although service groups will offer training specifically for the needs of their members, they will also work together to provide cross-service group training. This will allow the best possible training, sharing knowledge and experience in the widest sense possible.

Service groups would like to encourage members to approach them with suggestions for training. These suggestions along with national issues, will be shared at regular meetings with representatives from the Learning & Organising Committee where future training needs will be agreed.

Cross-service training may include the following courses:

  • Job Evaluation and Job Evaluation Appeals
  • Introduction to Equal Pay
  • Agenda for Change
  • Absence Management
  • Equality Duty
  • Campaigning