NEYH Regional Education



A Message to Unite Members

Dear Colleague

This region has a strong tradition of providing first class activist education. We are delivering our whole programme as usual, we are just using new methods. Our virtual classrooms allow students to interact with others from the safety of home or their workplace. This new delivery style won't suit everyone and we will open up our class based offer again as soon as it is safe to do so!

The ‘New Reps Induction’ Course is designed to enable all Unite reps (Workplace Reps, Health & Safety Reps, Union Learning Reps and Equality Reps) to train together to gain the skills needed to best support their members in the workplace. It also gives new representatives a better understanding of the Unite team in their workplace and how they can work together. 

For workplaces with larger numbers of representatives wishing to be trained together alternative provision can be discussed. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

or call 0113 2364830 and ask for the education department.

In solidarity

Andy Pearson

NEYH Regional Education & Development Officer

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New Reps Induction - 10 day programme delivered in either block or day release

Course description:

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 

  • Note taking 

  • Interviewing members 

  • Dignity at work - Bullying and harassment 

  • Barriers to learning and engagement for members 

  • Understanding grievance and disciplinary policies - why all reps should know these! 

  • Understanding negotiations 

  • Developing a workplace project

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Workplace Reps Module Two - 12 Days

Course description:

Who should attend?

This course is designed as follow on training for those workplace representatives who have completed the New Reps Induction. The course is designed to enhance your skills in holding meetings, understanding redundancy and a wide range of other employment law related topics.

What will I learn?

The course covers a number of topics to advance some of your key skills in your role as a Unite Workplace Representative. 

  • Understanding employment rights in the workplace

  • Utilising employment law to defend your members

  • Understanding the employment tribunal process

  • Dealing with redundancy

  • Understanding the employment contract

  • Communicating with members

  • Developing a workplace project

  • Ending the employment relationship, what is fair?

  • What is TUPE?

  • Getting the best for your members

  • Organising to win

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Health & Safety Module 2 - 12 Days

Who should attend?

This course is designed as follow on training for those Health & Safety reps that have completed the New Reps Induction. The course is designed to enhance your skills in a wide range of safety related topics including advanced risk assessment, accident and incident investigation, COSHH, LEV and manual handling.

What will I learn?

The course covers a number of topics to advance some of your key skills in your role as a Unite Health & Safety Representative. 

  • Identifying hazards

  • Identifying a range of health risks in the workplace

  • Noise in the workplace

  • RIDDOR Reporting

  • Manual handling

  • Understanding a full range of risk assessments and how they differ

  • Accident investigation

  • Interviewing skills

  • COSHH legislation

  • LEV legislation

  • Incident management skills

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Union Learning Reps Module 2 - 10 Days

Who should attend?

This course is designed as follow on training for those Union Learning reps that have completed the New Reps Induction. The course is designed to enhance your skills in supporting members to access learning opportunities. The course will also allow delegates to gain a level 3 award in education and training.

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Additional Courses

The region offers a wide range of additional training opportunities to our activists. New courses are added to this section all the time. As additional courses are added reps will be updated via email and our social media feeds. so make sure we have your up to date email address and you follow our feeds.

Branch Officials

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for those activists elected to branch positions of Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. It is designed to give you the skills to run your branch effectively, from running meetings, taking minutes to monitoring and reporting your branch finances.

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Pensions Stage One - 5 Day Block

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for all elected representatives who have an interest in, or a role as, a pensions representative on behalf of their members at work.

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Mental Health Awareness

Who should attend?

This course is designed to introduce the topics of stress, anxiety and mental ill health. It will assist reps in promoting mental health and to understand the issues faced by members at work. We encourage all reps to attend the course.

Mental Health awareness covers

  • Raise awareness of mental health

  • Understand the importance of mental health

  • Mental Health terminology

  • How mental health can impact on you

  • Mental health and employment

  • The role of the employer

  • Creating mentally healthy workplaces

  • Supporting others

  • Looking after your own well being

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Mental Health First Aider - 2 Day Block

Who Should Attend?

This course is open to those representatives who have completed the one day Mental Health Awareness course. Through this course you will gain valuable knowledge and skills that will enable you to identify the early signs of mental ill health, provide help to prevent mental ill health from getting worse and recover more quickly, and reduce the stigma of mental health problems.

The Course is accredited by Mental Health England. We can also deliver this training in your workplace at a cost to your employer. We would ask that you limit bookings to one representative per workplace for this course.

Mental Health First aid covers

On this two-day course, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the early stages of a mental health problem

  • Help someone who’s dealing with a mental health issue

  • Help stop someone from self-harming or hurting others

  • Help stop mental ill health from worsening

  • Help someone have a quicker recovery

  • Guide someone towards proper professional help

  • Break the stigma of a mental health problem

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Dealing with Redundancy - one day a week for three weeks

Course Description

This course is designed to help reps understand the process of redundancy. It covers a wide range of topics to assist you at what is a difficult time for any rep.


  • What is a redundancy?

  • Rights to consultation

  • The consultation process

  • Rights to information

  • Communicating with members

  • Alternatives to redundancy

  • Campaigning

  • Pools and selection criteria

  • Time off to look for work

  • Redundancy pay

  • Unfair dismissal

  • Support

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Awareness of Domestic Abuse

This short course is designed to introduces students to the following topics.

•Definitions of Domestic Violence and Abuse and Coercive Control.

•Explore the dynamics of an abusive relationship.

•The effects on adults who have experienced Domestic Violence and Abuse

•Highlight barriers to reporting Domestic Violence and Abuse and accessing support

•Know how to respond appropriately and where to get support – the role of the reps in Unite and as a human being

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Learnwithunite - Support for reps during redundancy

This one hour session is designed to give reps who are dealing with redundancy an understanding of the support available to them and their members by the Learnwithunite team.

The session will cover: - 

  • Getting support

  • What the team can offer and how

  • The regional three stage support offer and how that fits your redundancy

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Harmful Gambling

Harmful Gambling in the Workplace: a workplace issue, a community issue, our issue.

Learn with Unite, in partnership with harmful gambling treatment provider Beacon Counselling Trust, have developed a training programme looking at the subject of harmful gambling and the role of employers and trade unions in helping to address the issue within a workplace environment.

The primary delivery platform of awareness raising and information in a trade union context is the one-day Bet You Can Help online zoom training for union professionals, union representatives and employers.

By attending this course you will have a better knowledge and understanding of the subject and will be in a position to both discuss the subject with other groups and offer support to people affected by harmful gambling. The harmful gambling workplace charter is the framework used to offer support to those affected by harmful gambling and the course will look at the charter in more detail.

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Neurodiversity, Autism Awareness and the Workplace

Who is this course for?

This course is for all union representatives, equality officers and other members who want to find out more about autism (including Aspergers), neurodiversity and the workplace.

To gain confidence in promoting equality in the workplace for people who are neurodiverse.

Learning Outcomes

  • To evaluate myths about autistic people and others who are neurodiverse

  • To describe issues that affect autistic and other neurodiverse people at work

  • To describe how the law can be used to promote equality for people with autism in the workplace

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Stress management and well being

Stress management and wellbeing are key issues for all our reps. Please come along and learn about what the union
can do to help, and how you can monitor your own and your members stress and well being. 

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Disability Benefit self-empowerment course

This course seeks to advise on every step in the disability benefit process.  It is useful for any member who is on ESA or PIP or for anyone who wishes to know more on how to support a friend or relative through a medical assessment or PIP and ESA appeal.

Monday 15th February: 9.30am-12.30pm Session 1: Making a Claim; 1.30pm-3.30pm Session 2: Understanding Descriptors

Monday 22nd February: 9.30am-12.30pm Session 3: The Assessment; 1.30pm-4.30pm Session 4: Writing a Mandatory Reconsideration

Monday 1st March: 9.30am-12.30pm Session 5: The Appeal Process; 1.30pm-4.30pm Session 6: Preparing for the Appeal

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Political Studies

We are launching a series of one hour introductory sessions into a number of topics related to Unite and its political strategy. Politics impacts our every waking moment. It is up to us to shape our futures.

Industrial Political Workshop

This three hour Saturday Morning session will look at: - 

Covid has thrown many challenges up in relation to our working lives and exposed the fragility of our industrial base. As active Unite members, we want to explore how we can use Unite policies on rebuilding manufacturing and a new green deal in order to create a transition which benefits workers. How can we take our solid industrial strategies on these issues into the political arena?

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A Year Like No Other: the political economy of 2020 (and beyond)

Are you wondering how to make sense of 2020?

It’s an understatement to say 2020 has been eventful. A global pandemic (and the Tory response), Black Lives Matter, a new leader of the Labour Party, the endgame of Brexit, US elections, to name a few. Understanding what’s going on is the first step to demanding – and winning – the changes we want to see. This informal workshop will give you the opportunity to reflect on the underlying causes of events over the past year – and think about how we on the left can respond in 2021.

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