UNISON Education

Welcome to the Regional Education Programme. Once again we have endeavoured to offer courses to suit everyone, as Lifelong Learning is still high on our agenda.

The education programme is designed to help you and your branch. UNISON needs more, better equipped and motivated activists. The courses provided are aimed at building confidence and developing abilities. Courses are available for potential, new and more experienced activists seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Education Programme 2018

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Download the 2018 Full Education Programme (Large File) pdf logo

Download the 2018 Members Education Programme pdf logo

Download the 2018 Calendar pdf logo

How to apply for Education Programme courses

STEP 1: Download a RESIDENTIAL or NON-RESIDENTIAL Form

STEP 2: Print it out and fill it in. Please remember to ask your Branch to authorise your form (signature from the Branch Education Co-ordinator/Secretary/Chair)

STEP 3: Send your completed form to Education Administrator, UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Centre, Commerce House, Wade Lane, LEEDS LS2 8NJ

Download the Residential application form pdf logo

Download the Non-Residential application form pdf logo

Useful info

Practicalities

What are our courses like? Our courses are friendly and informal and are aimed at making learning a fun, rather than a daunting, experience. Everybody’s views and experiences are listened to. Much of the time is spent working in small groups. You won’t be lectured to or suddenly be called to give answers.

Child Care. We provide crèche facilities on weekend residential courses when child care is needed (you need to ask for this at least two weeks prior to the course). A carers’ allowance may be paid where care costs have been incurred in addition to those normally paid by the member. If you need child or dependant care to be provided at home, please let us know as soon as you can. A detailed form will be issued to you for completion.

Access. UNISON’s policy is to use training venues which are fully accessible for those members with disabilities and we make every effort to do so. However, facilities for disabled members do vary between venues, so please let us know relevant details of your disability when booking a place. If you require a facilitator in order for you to take part then you need to tell us on the booking form who they are so we can book accommodation for them if necessary.

Ramadan. For those members attending courses during Ramadan the course tutors will liaise with the member and the training venue to ensure that food is available at the appropriate time for the member to break their fast.

Course Fees. There is no cost to members attending any UNISON courses. Course fees will be charged to your Branch on a subsidised basis.

Expenses. In line with your own Branch policy, you may reclaim travel and additional child care expenses from Branch funds. You are advised to find out what you may claim before attending the course.

Time Off. Members should contact their Branch Secretary or Branch Education
Co-ordinator regarding time off to attend trade union courses.

Time off with pay is normally available to stewards/representatives to attend trade union courses. However, not all courses attract time off with pay. Also, some of our courses are open to any member and they are therefore not normally eligible for time off. If you are in doubt, contact your Branch Secretary/Branch Education Co-ordinator. For more information visit https://learning.unison.org.uk.

Additional Needs. If you have additional needs such as a requirement for a loop system or special dietary requirements, please let us know as soon as possible so that this can be arranged.

Closing Dates. These are indicated for each course.

Late applications. Please ensure that application forms are received before the closing date as late applications may mean that a course has to be cancelled or child/dependant care cannot be organised. Most courses have to operate on a minimum of 10 applicants, so please don’t delay, send your form in today.

Venues. Most of our residential courses are run at venues where meals are provided and where special diets are catered for if you let us know in advance. Whenever possible, residential accommodation is usually on a non-shared basis.

Non-residential venues vary, but generally will include access to tea/coffee facilities and meals whenever possible.

Atmosphere. The Yorkshire & Humberside Region prides itself on the fact that our courses are relaxed, informal and supportive, so you are invited to dress comfortably at all times.

Cancellations. If, for any reason, you find that you cannot attend a course on which you have been allocated a place, it is essential that you contact us immediately. Whatever your reason for cancelling, it may mean that another member can be offered a place or that you can be accommodated on another course. Failure to notify us will mean that your Branch is asked to pay the full cost of your place on the course.

If course attendees or Branches cancel a place more than 2 weeks before the course is due to take place, then no charge will be made to Branches, as the Region should not have incurred any charge at that stage. However, a cancellation at this stage may result in low numbers of attendees, which may mean the course having to be cancelled.

If course attendees or branches cancel a place less than 2 weeks before the course is due to take place, then the Branch will be charged the full course fee. If a course participant does not attend the course and has not informed the Regional Education Administrator prior to the start of the course, then the Branch will be notified and will be charged the full cost of the course.

We would urge all Branches to contact us as soon as possible if they do have a cancellation, as we may then be able to offer the place to another activist or member.

Further Information. If you need any further information, or you have any queries about this programme, please contact: Regional Education Administrator, UNISON Y&H Regional Centre, Commerce House, Wade Lane, Leeds, LS2 8NJ
or Tel: 0113 218 2330



 

Return to Learn and Womens Lives

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Return to Learn

Find out about Return to Learn here...

Return to Learn consists of 16 two and a half hour study group sessions run in the evening, and one residential weekend.

What is Return to Learn?
Return to Learn is not about going back to school. It is a course specifically designed for adults who have been away from learning for a long time but would now like to take up new learning opportunities. The course is delivered on behalf of UNISON by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

What’s in the course?
Return to Learn will help you develop your skills and give you confidence in four key areas: writing, investigating/research, analysing and problem solving and working with numbers. Where facilities are available you will also be able to learn basic computer skills.

Who is it for?
Return to Learn is for adults of all ages, and past students have come from a variety of backgrounds. They have found that it helps them both in their jobs and outside work, with things like report writing, case notes, and job applications.

You must be a UNISON member to apply.

What will it involve?
You will join on a regular study group which meets once every one/two weeks in the evening at a local venue. You will have a tutor to help and advise you throughout the course. There will also be one residential weekend school.

Return to Learn is FREE!

This is a course for UNISON members only and all costs and expenses will be paid for by UNISON including workbooks, travel expenses, and the residential.


Womens Lives

Find out about Women's Live here...

Women’s Lives consists of 10 two-hour study group sessions and one residential weekend.

What’s it all about?
Women’s Lives is not about going back to school. It is a course specifically designed for women who have been away from learning for a long time but would now like to take up new learning opportunities. The course is delivered on behalf of UNISON by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA).

What’s in the course?
Women’s Lives will help you develop your skills and give you confidence in writing, investigating/research, analysing and problem solving. The course looks at issues of interest to women and draws on your experiences at work and home.

Who is it for?
Women’s lives is for women of all ages and past students have come from a variety of backgrounds. They have found that it helps them both in their jobs and outside work. You must be a UNISON member to apply.

What will it involve?
You will join on a regular study group which meets once every one/two weeks in the evening at a local venue. You will have a female tutor who will run the study group, help advise you and give you feedback. The sessions aim to be informal and friendly. There will also be one residential weekend school.

Women’s Lives is FREE!
This is a course for female UNISON members only and all costs and expenses will be paid for by UNISON including workbooks, travel expenses, and all the costs associated with the weekend school.