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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 also in the progreamme.
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.
Jim Burnett Chair, Learning and Organising Committee
Margaret Cook Vice-Chair, Learning and Organising
Nancy Kelly Regional Organiser, Education