A learning journey through UNISON

Ian began his learning journey when he left school in 2005, studying horticulture at college. He then completed an apprenticeship in the same subject, which led to a full time post as a gardener for Rochdale Borough Council where he began his 10 year UNISON membership. Before long, Ian took up a workplace union position […]

Dealing with Paperwork

One of the most intimidating things about joining one of UNISON’s committees can be the amount of paperwork that comes your way. The Dealing with Committee Paperwork developed by UNISON’s Learning and Organising Services is designed to make that easier. The course covers: using four speed-reading techniques and how to effectively skim and scan practical […]

An introduction to apprenticeships: UNISON’s new e-note

UNISON has launched a new online training module to introduce activists to the topic of apprenticeships. Following the story of ‘Josh’, a fictional apprentice, it explores the obligations on the employer, the rights of the apprentice, and the opportunities for UNISON. It will provide you with some essential information about UNISON’s approach to apprenticeships, give […]

A week with UNISON North West: supporting learning and development for schools staff

During the first week of the summer holidays UNISON North West hosted a full week of short courses for school support staff. A total of 150 teaching assistants, learning support, admin support and midday supervisors enrolled onto a diverse range of workshops throughout the week. Monday 24 July Members started the week with a one […]

Not just for when things go wrong: the value of union learning

Five UNISON learning reps (ULRs) from across the union shared their experiences at a fringe event at national delegate conference in Brighton last month. Chris Tansley, from the national executive council, introduced the event, which also included a ‘have a go’ session where participants tried out some of the online learning opportunities offered by UNISON’s […]