A Message to Unite Members
I am pleased to welcome you to our Education Programme. Here you will find a wide range of courses that are available in the London & Eastern region. Each core reps course consists of two modules of five days. Reps 1A & 1B (one course) and Reps 2A & 2B (one course). It is essential that both parts are booked at the same time and are completed in the same academic year (September-July) to receive your final certificate.
In addition to the fantastic courses for our Workplace Reps, Health and Safety Reps, Equality Reps and Learning Reps, we offer Environmental Reps courses and one day equality workshops. Reps are equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to effectively organise and fight for better terms and conditions in the workplace.
We can also run bespoke courses and bitesize training upon request, on a range of other subjects including: Organising Campaigns, TUPE training, Understanding Performance Management, Capability, Dealing with Redundancy and Effective Communication Skills. Courses can be arranged on site if we have a minimum of 14 students to ensure the course is viable to run. Our union’s three pillars of organising, international solidarity and politics along with direction from our Executive Council and General Secretary means our courses are quite simply beyond functionalism. Unite has always had a proud tradition of political education running through all of its core courses, which is reinforced through a separate political education programme of workshops, schools and political economy courses.
Please take a few minutes to look through the programme and sign up for one of the many courses on offer, simply click the ‘book Now’ button or by email to:
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Educate, Agitate, Organise!
As an elected Workplace Representative it is essential you access your initial training as soon after election as possible. Your initial training consists of Module 1A and 1B. It is best to book both courses at the same time to ensure you have a place reserved on each course.
This course is designed to be the core initial training for Unite workplace reps. The course covers the wide range of knowledge and skills needed by the new Rep including:
• Key skills for organising your workplace
• Handling discipline and grievance cases
• Communication skills
• Introduction to Employment Law Equality at Work
For reps who have completed Module 1A.
This course covers:
• Evaluating and assessing your experience since the Stage 1 course
• Understanding the concept of ‘good work’
• Understanding and dealing with Issues around Dignity and Respect in the workplace
• Problem solving skills
• Bargaining skills
• Work-life balance
• Building a strong workplace union
For reps who have completed Modules 1A & 1B.
The course covers:
• Improving confidence and knowledge in exploring, questioning and using employment law
• Exploring research skills and developing the ability to find out how legal provisions impact on your members rights in the workplace
• How changes to employment law impact on your workplace rights
• Planning alternative solutions other than employment law to your workplace issues
• Working as a team to develop collective actions
The course is designed for representatives as follow on training for those that have completed Modules 1A, 1B and 2A.
This course covers:
• Rights to information
• Workplace Rights
• Collective Bargaining
• The Case for Collective Agreements
• Planning for getting an agreement
• Collective Bargaining and Negotiation
As an elected Health & Safety Representative it is essential you access your initial training as soon after election as possible. Your initial training consists of Module 1A and 1B. It is best to book both courses at the same time to ensure you have a place reserved on each course.
This course is the essential course for all new Unite Health and Safety Representatives. It is designed to help you build the skills, knowledge and confidence to organise effectively in order to carry out your work as a Safety Rep as well as to create understanding of how economic and others aspects affect the working lives, health, safety and welfare of working people.
The course covers:
• Understanding the role of a Unite Safety Rep
• The legal framework of Health and Safety
• Rights of Safety Reps
• Involving the members in Health and Safety
• Accident Investigations – Risk Assessments
The course develops the skills and knowledge learnt in Module 1A:
• Examining your workplace risk assessment and evaluating them
• Understanding health & safety audits and company accident statistics
• Appreciate health & safety legislation including aspects of criminal and civil law
Module 2A of Unites Health & Safety training builds upon the knowledge learnt in Modules 1A and 1B.
The course covers:
• Assessment of workplace action plan
• Understanding COSHH and related hazards
• Carrying out a workplace audit
• Explore manual handing and ergonomic risks
• Creating a healthier work environment
We offer a range of equality courses to compliment our Five day Equality Reps Induction course. We are constantly adding additional seminars and training based on the needs of our reps. Check back regularly to keep up to speed on our latest course offer.
Designed to give all Unite Reps the confidence and knowledge to address equality and diversity issues, the course provides a comprehensive overview of equality in the workplace.
On completion of the course Reps should be able to:
• Recognise equality issues within the workplace
• Know what constitutes discrimination, harassment and bullying
• Challenge their perception of equality & diversity
• Understand the key points of new equalities legislation, measures and legal decisions
• Decide how best to support workers in response to new equalities legislation
• Use interviewing techniques to deal with individual and workplace equality issues
• Develop equality policies and practice
Within our movement it is now widely accepted that race equality is a key trade union issue. Trade unions have a crucial role to play in helping to create working conditions that are fair to all workers – including Black, Asian and ethnic minority workers. The Equality Act 2010 provides protection for our members from racial discrimination and harassment and the opportunity to promote race equality. This course aims to build on good practice and assist in developing policies as part of our bargaining agenda on race equality in the workplace. We want to ensure that all negotiators have as much support as possible in understanding and dealing with race discrimination and harassment, but also to create a climate in the workplace that welcomes diversity and positively promotes good race relations.
Equality law recognises that bringing about equality for disabled people may mean changing the way in which employment is structured, the removal of physical barriers and/or providing extra support for a disabled worker. The duty for employers to make reasonable adjustments aims to make sure that a disabled person has the same access to everything that is involved in getting and doing a job as a non-disabled person, as far as is reasonable. This course will cover what can be defined as a disability under the Equality Act, and how to support a member in gaining reasonable adjustments from an employer, and how to signpost members for support outside of the workplace.
Bullying at work is a widespread problem, which affects an estimated two million people in Britain each year and results in the loss of some 18.9 million working days due to stress related illnesses. Many members who find themselves being bullied at work are reluctant to come forward and speak out. The likelihood is if a member in your workplace is being bullied, the bully is not just targeting this one person, it is therefore vital that union reps are pro-active about bullying in workplaces, not just taking them one case at a time. This workshop will look at what constitutes bullying & harassment in the workplace, why it is a health and safety issue, and how we can tackle bullying as a collective issue.
Unite is campaigning against workplace stress and to prevent workplace discrimination for people who have a mental health condition. Unite is also campaigning against the cuts in the Health Service that support people with mental health conditions. This course will cover why it is important to explain to members that our role as Unite workplace representatives is to provide representation on issues relating to employment. It is essential that reps do not provide counselling or health advice to members as a workplace representative and use the information provided to ensure our members can access health advice and support where necessary. It will also cover negotiating policies for workplaces on mental health.
Union Learning Representatives play a key role in any workplace. They bring a new string to the organising bow as well as assisting members to access high quality education and training.
This course is designed to be the core initial training for all Unite Union Learning Reps (ULRs). It helps them develop the basic knowledge and skills needed as a new Rep, enabling them to work with colleagues in the workplace to analyse training needs. The course forms a solid foundation for the new ULR to develop their skills and their own personal development.
This course continues the core essential training for all Unite Union Learning Reps (ULRs) who have completed stage 1 training. It helps them to further develop the knowledge and skills needed as a ULR in the workplace – working with management, learning providers and other organisations. The course completes the foundation for the ULR and prepares the ULR to develop more specialised skills and knowledge.
We offer a wide range of additional courses open to representatives. You may find some of these suitable for enhancing your existing skills. We advice that you complete your initial reps training before accessing these additional courses.
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the full range of different pension schemes reps are likely to encounter in the workplace, as well as covering state provision, autoenrollment, pension protections and the role of the ombudsman. We aim to enable workplace representatives to develop their understanding and skills to better support their members and gain confidence in dealing with pensions as part of the bargaining process.
This course will help Reps develop a better understanding on mental health issues and how they affect members in the workplace. You will develop a better understanding of Disability Discrimination Law and how it applies to people with mental health illnesses. The training will enable you to develop a strategy to deal with workplace mental health issues and ensure employees are not discriminated against.
This course is designed to better equip bus schedule reps with the skills and confidence to enable them to successfully negotiate improvements in working conditions and organising around these issues.
This course includes:
• Raising awareness of different workplace terms and conditions
• Developing skills to encourage a greater understanding of schedule rep functions
• Examining issues arising from the introduction of a new route
• Constructing a working timetable and blocks of driving time. Analysing information held on a flat line graph
• Understanding duty compilations, roster formulas, rest day patterns and transferring this information onto a roster
• Scheduling costing
• Examining issues surrounding the law and union policies
• Devising and implementing strategies to improve health and safety cultures
The Branch Secretary is a key player in the Unite team. The concept of this course is to develop Branch Secretaries within Unite by providing them with the knowledge and skills, and nurturing their passion, to drive forward the ideology of our union, to develop our activist base and grow and strengthen our membership. This course is designed for all new Branch Secretaries, and for those who have not attended the course recently.
The course covers:
• The administrative role of the Branch Secretary
• How the union works
• How ‘lay democracy’ starts at local branch level
• Understanding organisation procedures
• Encouraging active participation within the Unite structure
• Branch Finance
• Understanding the ‘Strategy for Growth’ and the crucial role that the branch plays
• Setting out a local ‘strategy for growth’ for recruitment, retention and participation in branch life
• Branch Portal
• Chairing and Organising Skills
The purpose of this one day briefing is to equip our Branch Secretaries and Branch Officials with the skills they need to effectively Chair Unite meetings. Chairing meetings, especially union meetings, can be a difficult and demanding job. Union meetings are often full of larger than life individuals, people with a great deal of knowledge, experience and passion. Sometimes that passion can take over and without realising it meetings can become dominated by a few individuals with quieter people feeling excluded. Union meetings are also often beset by old traditions and language which can make them less accessible to younger workers or those from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The pale, male and stale tag is also often associated with our movement and can distance women from involvement. Unite meetings need to be chaired by activists who are progressive and skilled at driving exciting enthusiastic meetings for our union which encourage high levels of participation and have clear actions emanating from them. This course includes ideas on setting up meetings and ensuring arrangements are inclusive, made for members with disabilities to be able to attend and taking into account different requirements of other groups of potential attendees. We want Unite meetings to be enjoyable and productive. This training package should help to ensure that is the case and is particularly suitable for people involved in organising and chairing workplace or branch meetings.
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