Unite’s commitment to delivering courses recognises the different circumstances in which our reps find themselves. This is why there are various modes of delivery for the same course. Residential courses are for those who simply cannot dovetail into our regional provision whether that is for geographical or domestic or other reasons. Our normal practice for national residential courses, held in The View Hotel, Eastbourne or other venues to be confirmed, kick off at 15:00 hrs. on Monday and finish with a session on Action Plans at Noon on the Friday. You will appreciate that being residential students are expected to participate in a couple of evening sessions which are less formal.
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These courses are offered for those representatives who cannot access the same courses within their region. The regional programme should be your first port of call before applying for the residential courses.
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.
These courses are open to representatives who have completed their initial training for their role. We offer a wide range of additional courses open to representatives. You may find some of these suitable for enhancing your existing skills. Applications will be directed to your Regional Education Department checking and authorisation before a final place allocation is made.
The Unite National Equalities Team offer a wide range of training aimed at our Representatives from minority groups.
Black,Asian Ethnic Minority [BAEM] Leadership Course
14th-18th JUNE 2021
A course designed for Unite Black and Asian Ethnic Minority workplace representatives and branch officials, to fully understand the Trade Union and Labour Movement. This course will empower workplace reps to build their confidence and progress by identifying effective ways and methods to encourage Black and Asian Ethnic Minority members to get involved in Unite.
The course covers the skills needed in the workplace, in the union, at conference and in the wider Labour Movement, at all levels, to build involvement and take action for Race Equality.
This course positively encourages applications from black and Asian ethnic minority women
Dates Advertised for April, May and July starts
Who should attend?
This course is designed for new representatives or those who have not received training in the last five years. The course is the induction for all workplace representatives, health & safety representatives, learning representatives and equality representatives.
What will I learn?
The course covers a number of topics to prepare you for your role as a Unite representative.
Roles and Responsibilities
ACAS and other legislation - know your rights
Unite structures and where you fit in
Understanding risk assessment and why it’s every reps responsibility
Giving members information, advice and guidance
Why recruit members?
Understanding the Equality Act 2010
Knowing your agreements and the Unite Broad Industrial Strategy
Introduction to leadership
Our history - research and presentation skills
Dignity at work - Bullying and harassment
Barriers to learning and engagement for members
Understanding grievance and disciplinary policies - why all reps should know these!
Developing a workplace project
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