To: Scotland Branch Secretaries & Branch Education Officers
cc: Scotland L&O Committee & Organising Staff
Please find below a list of training courses where we still have availability. If you have any activists who are interested in attending any of these courses please arrange for the attached booking form to be completed and then forward to firstname.lastname@example.org post to Activist Education (Scotland), UNISON, 53 Shore Street, Inverness, IV1 1NF as soon as possible. Please note that all courses are subject to numbers.
- Absence Management & Capability – 8 & 9 August – Glasgow
This 2 day course covers both good practice around Sickness Absence Policies and the law on Capability Dismissals.
- Organising for Health & Safety (Part 1) – 15-17 August – Glasgow (part 2 of this course is on 13 & 14 September)
This course is run over 5 days and covers the role and rights of the safety representative using H&S legislation, building health and safety organisations, developing strategies for health and safety and risk assessments. On completion participants may then choose to attend the more advanced TUC Health & Safety training and/or one of UNISON’s specialised courses in, for example, stress at work or bullying and harassment.
- Introduction to Employment Law & Unfair Dismissal – 16 August – Edinburgh
The course, which is tutored by a Thompsons solicitor, covers a general introduction to the various areas of Employment Law before focussing specifically on Unfair Dismissal.
- Employment Law Discrimination - 23 August – Glasgow
Again this course is tutored by a Thompsons solicitor and covers all aspects of potential discrimination as defined by Equality Legislation.
- ERA Refresher – 29 & 30 August – Glasgow
This 2 day course is for stewards/branch officers who have not attended any training in the last 5 years and is an essential course to gain reaccreditation under the ERA. It updates participants on new developments in UNISON and relevant legal updates. Participants will reflect on their role as trade union activists and update their knowledge and skills on organising and representation.
- Further Representation Skills – 30 & 31 August – Edinburgh (only 2 spaces left)
This 2 day course concentrates on building the skills, techniques and confidence needed when stewards represent members at grievances and disciplinaries. It examines these procedures and the influence of the ACAS Code of Practice to develop the skills needed for preparing a case, interview and representation. You must have completed the Organising Stewards course prior to this one. Can also be attended for renewal of ERA Accreditation.
Further information regarding these and all the year’s regional courses can be found on the course programme www.unison-scotland.org/learning/ .
UNISON, 53 Shore Street, Inverness, IV1 1NF
Tel - 01463 715891
UNISON-led courses in forthcoming weeks (all courses are fully funded and open to all staff) – please circulate to your networks, thanks
· 27 April, Inverness, 2-5pm
“Best is yet to come”
The workshop aims to provide tried tools and practices to enhance health and resilience for people in transition from work to retirement.
· 3 May, Inverness, 1-4pm
Nowadays our computers, phones, and tablets are filled with personal information - but how can we keep that sensitive information out of the wrong hands? In this 3 hour workshop you will learn about the most common cyber security attacks, but more importantly how to take steps to protect yourself. You will see live demonstrations of attacks and learn how to spot them. These tips will help you feel more confident about using a computer safely. No technical knowledge is required.
· 9 May, Inverness, 1- 4.30pm
“Alcohol Brief Interventions”
This half day session will allow you to become familiar with a brief intervention to support adults to make healthy choices around alcohol.
· 4 May – 6 July, Wick, Thursday evening
“Computing and Online Basics”
· Introduction to computer, keyboard and mouse;
· Understanding what you see on the screen;
· How to write and print documents;
· Sending emails;
· Searching websites.
“PC Passport Spreadsheets” (accredited course)
· Inverness, 1 evening a week over 14 weeks, dates are to be confirmed
“SSSC Registration” Inverness, Fort William, Oban, Wick, Lochgilphead (other locations will be considered)
· information sessions, dates will be confirmed
· 26-27 May, Inverness
“Union Learning Rep, Stage 1”
I would like to invite you to become a workplace contact (ULR) so that you and your colleagues can hear about and also request free courses. This is not a time consuming or difficult thing to do – it is rewarding and good experience to include in your CV.
If you wish to book a place or find out more please contact: MARTA CHABA,
Regional Learning and Development Organiser
UNISON, 53 Shore Street, Inverness, IV1 1NF
Direct dial: 01463 723968
ORGANISING STEWARD COURSE UNISONPubSerCol 1403UnisonAspirations187.jpg On-line version Who is it for? Any new steward who is unable to attend one of our face to face Organising Stewards courses (because of work patterns / domestic commitments) When will it start? The courses dates are: 25th April – 13th June 2017 25th September – 11th November 2017 Aims of course: This course will help you: . 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 order to comply with Employment Relations Act 1999 . understand the broader roles in which UNISON operates, including internationally. What will an on-line course involve? The course will use the same high quality materials, the same tutor support, the same networking with other UNISON stewards but will be accessed on- line from your workplace or local/employer learning centre. It will be delivered in a friendly, encouraging way by expert tutors. You will access the course via the Internet and work interactively on tasks with tutors and other course participants. Course activities contain discussion forums, quizzes and workplace activities. You will need to spend approx 4-5 hours a week over a 7 week period. How will the on-line course work? The course is delivered using a web-based learning environment and you can access course materials whenever is convenient for you. The course includes some group work, where you will be expected to work with fellow learners. At the start of the course, the tutor will set a timetable outlining the activities that need to be completed and a date when they should be submitted. Do I need good IT skills to take part? The starting point will be the ability to send an email and know how to access the internet. How much will it cost? The course is free to you. Will I get paid time off? On-line learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law that says trade union reps are entitled to reasonable paid time off for education and training still applies to on-line courses, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at your workstation or your employer’s learning centre. Talk to your manager about what makes sense for you. How do I apply? To register for a place on this course please click here https://www.tuceducation.org.uk/findacourse/courses/63 (from this link click on course directory, then sort by on-line courses then find the “Unison Stewards course” (you need to do this by no later than 2 weeks before the start date of the course). Once you have registered the TUC will send you a college enrolment form. This needs to be completed and sent back to the TUC by return otherwise you will not be able to start the course. Please also tell your manager that you have applied. When will I hear if I have a place? You will be contacted by the TUC no later than 2 weeks before the course starts.
Just to let you know that we have organised an Organising Steward training course for 3-5 April (Part 1) and 8-10 May (Part 2)in the Highland Resource Centre. We presently have approximately 8 folk needing training but are happy to take many more! Hopefully you will have new stewards after the AGM season able to take up their training quickly.
I will be writing out to the 8 new/nearly new stewards individually so you may see forms appearing that need approval.
Tel: 01463 715891