Unionlearn West Midlands Region


(covering Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Lincoln, Leicester, Mansfield, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Shrewsbury, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcester)


Please remember to inform your local ULR or a member of the ULF Project Team if you undertake any of these courses.

 

CORE COURSES IN THE MIDLANDS REGION

 

 

 

Union Reps Stage 1 Certificate

 

This is the essential basic course for workplace union reps and stewards.  Find out what it means to be a union rep, how to represent your members effectively and how to take up both collective and individual issues with your employer.  You will also think about the future and how to influence where it is taking you and those you represent.  This course helps union reps to understand their role and responsibilities as a rep.  They include working together with members and other union reps; talking to members and dealing with their problems; recruiting members and getting them involved in the union; meeting management to discuss a range of issues at work and keeping members informed about wider union concerns.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UL1, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10

 

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Stepping Up - Advanced Course for Union Reps Certificate

 

This course is designed for union reps who have already completed the Union Reps Stage 1 or its equivalent.  Stepping Up builds upon your existing knowledge and experience by closely examining the role of representatives in changing work environments and taking an in-depth look at employment law, equality, discrimination and bargaining issues.  Reps are required to complete a project of choice linked to the workplace or a trade union issue.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

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Health & Safety Stage 1 Certificate

 

If you are a newly appointed safety rep, this is the essential basic course for you.  Health and safety at work is a major issue for all employees.  Research shows that workplaces that have trade union health and safety reps have a significantly lower rate of accidents.  This course will provide a thorough grounding in health and safety issues and give new reps an opportunity to dicuss issues around health and safety at work.

 

 

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

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Next Steps for Safety Reps Stage 2 Certificate

 

This course is designed for health and safety reps that have already completed Health and Safety Stage 1 or its equivalent.  The course helps reps identify, prevent and control risks helping to build a safer and healthier workplace.  It encourages reps to involve members in safety issues by developing a collective approach to health and safety.  it outlines the most recent health and safety law and information, enabling reps to effect real change in the workplace.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

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Union Learning Representatives Stage 1 Award

 

Union Learning representatives (ULRs) are helping to give people skills and knowledge to improve their lives at work and beyond.  They are making a real difference in workplaces up and down the country, raising the profile of training and development by providing advice, encouragement and information to members about a range of learning opportunities.  As well as helping individual union members, ULRs have had a positive effect upon workplaces and organisations.  The ULR Stage 1 course introduces the role of the ULR, the importance of learning and skills at work and provides the tools and knowledge that will enable ULRs to carry out their role successfully.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UL1, UL2, UL3, UL4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10, UR11

 

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Union Learning Representatives Stage 2 Award

 

The ULR Stage 2 course will provide ULRs with the opportunity to develop existing essential knowledge and skills in areas that are fundamental to their role, as well as undertaking a workplace specific learning project in an area of study relevant to their members' learning needs.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UL1, UL2, UL3, UL4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10, UR11

 

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Employment Law

 

This short course gives a grounding in the law relating to employment and work.  You will learn about collective and individual law, the pressures and influences there are and how it affects the workplace and the people you represent.  You will also develop the skills and knowledge that will help you progress to higher level learning.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US4, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

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Employment Law Diploma

 

This Diploma gives a grounding in the law relating to employment and work.  You will learn about collective and individual law, the pressures and influences there are and how it affects the workplace and the people you represent.  You will also develop the skills and knowledge that will help you progress to higher level learning.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US4, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

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Contemporary Trade Unionism Diploma

 

This Diploma helps experienced trade union representatives broaden their knowledge of the past, present and future role of trade unions.  The programme will develop a greater understanding of trade union values, policies, and workplace issues enabling reps to become more effective as workplace representatives, and extend the capacity and skills of learners, while improving the confidence of learners to access higher education opportunities.  NB - RUNS FROM 6PM IN THE EVENING.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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Occupational Health & Safety Diploma

 

This popular Diploma will help experienced safety reps develop their understanding of health and safety principle and practice.  The course give learners the opportunity to question the development and function of health and safety law, discover how to build trade union organisation for health and safety and tackle some of the health, safety, welfare and environmental problems that workers currently face.  Completion at Level 3 will entitle union safety reps to apply for Institution of Occupational Health and Safety technician membership (Tech IOSH).

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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Equalities Diploma

 

This new Diploma is for experienced trade union representatives whose role would benefit from a wider understanding of equality issues.  It is intended to help students understand equality issues in the workplace, current equality legislation and how it can be applied to their own organisation.  You will also develop the values and skills needed for higher level study and activism.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UL1, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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SPECIALIST SHORT COURSES IN THE MIDLANDS REGION

 

 

 

Trade Union Reps Courses



Advanced Skills for Union Reps

 

This is a specific short course for Union Reps who are taking part in redundancy and TUPE consultation.  Dealing with contractual change.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


Date: 5 Mondays from 3rd June 2013

Location: Nottingham

 

 

 

Introduction to Pensions (Stage 1)

 

This is a specific short course for Union Reps who are taking part in negotiating Pensions.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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Negotiating Pensions (Stage 2)

 

This is a specific short course for Union Reps who are taking part in negotiating Pensions.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 5 Fridays from 7th June 2013

Location: Stoke-on-Trent

 

 

 

Health & Safety Reps Courses

 

 

Continuing Safety Rep Development

 

This is a specific short course for experienced Safety Reps to update skills.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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Equalities Courses

 


Dignity at Work

 

This is a specific short course for new and experienced Union Reps, especially Equality and Diversity Reps, to improve skills.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UL1, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


Date: 5 Mondays from 17th June 2013

Location: Birmingham

 

 

 

Equality in the Workplace

 

This is a specific short course for new and experienced Union Reps, especially Equality and Diversity Reps, to improve skills.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UL1, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


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General Courses

 

 

 

Using spreadsheets for presenting trade union information

 

This is a specific short course for new and experienced Union Reps.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11


Date: 5 Fridays from 7th June 2013

Location: Stoke-on-Trent

 

 

 

Further Information and Course Booking

 

How to Apply

 

1. Choose the course(s) you wish to attend

2. Fill out the application form (use link below to access PDF document) and send it to Napo Head Office for signature and approval.

http://www.unionlearn.org.uk/extrasUL/southwest/SWTUCappform2012.pdf

3. Ask your employer for paid release from work to attend the programme.  Please ensure you follow the procedures agreed between Napo and the Trust.

4. Return the form as soon as possible to the trade union studies centre responsible for providing your programme, not the TUC - provide Napo Head Office with the correct address and they will do this for you.

5. Please apply as early as possible in order to allow your trade union studies centre enough time to send you full joining instructions.

6. There are no course fees on the TUC Education programme.  However, you will need to speak to your employer or local Branch Treasurer about travelling and other associated costs.

7. If you need any advice regarding programmes, please contact the national ULR Project Manager - Briony Sutcliffe, bsutcliffe@napo.org.uk , or the TUC Education regional education and training officer - see below:

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Birmingham

Bob Anderson

Birmingham Trade Union Education Centre

High Street Deritend

Digbeth

Birmingham

B5 5SU

Tel: 0121 694 6345

E-mail: rob.anderson@sbirmc.ac.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Coventry, Halesowen, Walsall and Worcester

Ian Geffen

WEA Office

4th Floor, Lancaster House

67 Newhall Street

Birmingham

B3 1NQ

Tel: 0121 237 8120

E-mail: igeffen@wea.org.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Derby, Kettering and Leicester

Simon Ferrar

Derby Trade Union Education Centre

Johnson Building

Locomotive Way

Pride Park

Derby

DE24 8PU

Tel: 01332 387491

E-mail: dtuec@derby-college.ac.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Lincoln, Mansfield and Nottingham

Colin Nolan

South Nottingham College

Trade Union Education Centre

City learning Centre

Norwich Union House

8-12 South Parade

Nottingham

NG1 2LH

Tel: 0115 950 8154

E-mail: colin.nolan@snc.ac.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton

Mike Edwards

Shrewsbury College

Trade Union Studies

London Road

Shrewsbury

SY2 6PR

Tel: 01743 342342

E-mail: mikee@shrewsbury.ac.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Solihull

Julie Matthews

Solihull College

Trade Union Studies Centre

Blossomfield Road

Solihull

B91 1SB

Tel: 0121 678 7180

E-mail: julia.matthews@solihull.ac.uk

 

 

 

Contact for courses in Stoke-on-Trent

Ron Foulkes

Stoke Trade Union Education Centre

Stoke-on-Trent College

Cauldon Campus

Stoke Road

Shelton

Stoke-on-Trent

ST4 2DG

Tel: 01782 603660

E-mail: rfoulkes@stokecoll.ac.uk