UNISON learning is still here for you

Training our activists and providing learning opportunities for our members has always been an essential part of our role – so, while we have had to postpone all face to face training during this current crisis, we have massively ramped up our online learning provision. If you are a new steward we have made arrangements for our online stewards course capacity to be quadrupled – there are over 100 places now available. Our online new stewards’ course is supported by both a TUC tutor and a member of UNISON learning and organising staff – so don’t worry if online training has previously not been something you would have considered; we will be here to support you. If you have been appointed as a new steward in the last 6 months and not yet attended the stewards induction training we will be in touch with you shortly about how to register for the online course, also keep a watch for news on this site.

We also have a range of other online support available for all activists and over the coming days and weeks we will be working with colleagues across the service groups to make sure we can provide the training you need to keep your knowledge and skills up to date so you can do your union role. All UNISON members and activists can refresh their union skills and knowledge with online modules on our e-learning site (use your My.UNISON account to log in). And the TUC also has a great range of e-notes and online courses available at www.tuceducation.org.uk.

And for all our members we have also secured an exciting new learning and development opportunity. In today’s difficult climate we all need something positive and constructive to focus on and we are pleased to provide you with a way to help you continue to improve and develop your knowledge and skills and even add to your continuing professional development (CPD). UNISON has procured licences for The Skills Academy, giving our members access to over 550 free online courses, all of which are fully CPD accredited. These include industry specific training, transversal and personal skills development, health and wellbeing training and more. These licences include unlimited access to all courses for twelve months and are completely free for you if you are a member.

If you are interested, please email l.organising@unison.co.uk stating your name, membership number or date of birth, and including “Skills Academy” in the subject header of the email, and we will be in touch.

And don’t forget we already have a number of online learning resources available to all members – you are just a click away from a range of free online learning opportunities.

Find out more information at https://learning.unison.org.uk/learn-online

You can use the Wranx app to brush up your English, maths, and digital skills, or learn about health and safety or workplace rights, with modules including:
 An Introduction to Online Security
 Dyslexia Awareness
 Raising Awareness: Menopause in the Workplace
 Everyday English: Punctuation
 Raising Awareness: Mental Health
 GCSE Maths and English revision

And remember that the Open University has a huge number of online courses available through its OpenLearn site: https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

Further information can be found on our website – have a look at our A-Z guide to UNISON learning: https://learning.unison.org.uk/a-z-of-unison-learning-resources/

We have made arrangements for our activist and member learning programmes to be rearranged so that we can restart our face to face training later in the year.