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 […]

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 […]

10 reasons to elect a branch education co-ordinator

It’s the season of branch AGMs – an opportunity to look back at the last year and reflect on what went well and what could have gone better. Equally importantly, of course, it’s a time to look forward to the coming year and consider what might help the branch to overcome challenges and build on […]