New rep? Here’s where to start

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many workers to join a union, and many union members to step forward to take a more active role in their branch. If you’re one of those people – thank you! The more UNISON members who are confident being visible and active in the workplace, the more power we have […]

Online registration is coming!

Over the last few months, developers have been working to create a new way for UNISON activists and members to apply for our training courses. Your region will be testing this new facility over the next few weeks by making it possible to register online for some courses. How do I apply for a course? […]

Activate!

Wondered about getting more involved with UNISON but not sure where to start? You can find out more about the different activist positions that are open to UNISON members by logging into our e-learning site and playing our new Activate! game. You’ll be invited to think a little bit about your own personal values and […]

Another step forward for UNISON’s e-learning site

Over the years UNISON’s e-learning site has evolved to meet the needs of our members. Since it was first set up in 2008, it’s had three different domain names, and has gone from being a space for learning reps to share advice, resources and experience, to being a hub for all kinds of online learning. […]

Starting strongly: mentoring for apprentices

UNISON and the TUC believe that all apprentices should have a mentor: to help them acclimatise to the workplace, to support them as they think about career options and progress, and pass on their skills and knowledge. And this has been shown to improve apprenticeship completion rates. It’s even better when that’s linked to support from […]

New course for branches: Introduction to Pensions

Learning and Organising Services together with the Pensions Unit have developed a one day course, Introduction to Pensions.  Aimed at branch reps from across service groups, it seeks to demystify some of the issues around pensions. It helps reps to understand their own pension queries and to support and signpost members with similar questions. The […]

Beyond the stereotypes: learning for young members, by young members

Matthew Hodgson is a UNISON learning rep and branch young members’ officer for United Utilities in the North West. In this blog he talks about his own experiences as a learner and explains how branches can reach out to young workers with learning opportunities. As a young person I was sadly treated with a stereotypical […]

Three steps to becoming a Trained & Active rep

Over the years, thousands of UNISON members have been supported and mentored into becoming active with the help of the Trained & Active Plan. Inexperienced members have gained the confidence and knowledge to speak up and become effective reps in their workplace. And now the Trained & Active Plan has been updated for a new […]

Supporting education, supporting activists

Branch education co-ordinators from all the regions and nations of UNISON came together on Tuesday 11 September to learn about new developments in trade union education, to discuss the training needs of activists in their sector, and to find out about the resources available to them. UNISON Education Officer Sarah Hayes affirmed that the role […]

Getting to grips with GDPR: what you really need to know

What were you doing in May? You might have been booking accommodation for last-minute visitors to National Delegate Conference. You might have been putting the finishing touches to a Learning At Work Week celebration. And you were almost certainly wading through an inbox full of emails from organisations you support, or from companies from whom you […]