Learning Reps courses in the NEYH region

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New Rep Induction Training
Union Learning Reps - Stage 2

Andy Pearson, education & development organiser 
T: 0113 236 4830   F: 0113 236 4831
Unite the Union, 55 Call Lane, Leeds LS1 7BW
Email the North East, Yorkshire & Humberside education team

....New New reps induction training
This course has a duration of 10 days and is delivered either one day per week for ten weeks. Alternatively it is delivered as two five day blocks. The course is designed for all new representatives (Workplace Reps, Health and Safety Reps, Union Learning Reps and Equality Reps). This course is designed to give all representatives the same skills and knowledge needed to carry out their elected posts within the workplace.  Please note that, when booking the five day block courses, you should book part one and part two at the same time
Venue Start End Pattern
Leeds         08-Jan-18    
12-Mar-18 10 Mondays
Leeds     03-Apr-18 05-Jun-18 10 Tuesdays
Leeds 17-Sep-18 19-Nov-18 10 Mondays
Leeds 19-Mar-18 23-Mar-18
Part 1 - 5 day block
Leeds     02-Jul-18 06-Jul-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Leeds 10-Sep-18 14-Sep-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Leeds 10-Dec-18
14-Dec-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Sheffield 09-Jan-18
10 Tuesdays
Sheffield 04-Apr-18 06-Jun-18 10 Wednesdays
Sheffield 18-Sep-18 20-Nov-18 10 Tuesdays
Sheffield 19-Mar-18 23-Mar-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Sheffield 25-Jun-18 29-Jun-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Hull 08-Jan-18
10 Mondays
Hull     19-Mar-18
Part 1 - 5 day block
Hull 16-Jul-18 20-Jul-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 19-Sep-18 21-Nov-18 10 Wednesdays
Middlesbrough 15-Jan-18 19-Jan-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 12-Feb-18 16-Feb-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 12-Mar-18 16-Mar-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 11-Jun-18 15-Jun-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 01-Oct-18 05-Oct-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Middlesbrough 10-Dec-18   
14-Dec-18 Part 2 - 5 day block
10 Wednesdays
Part 1 - 5 day block
Part 1 - 5 day block
Part 2 - 5 day block

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Venue Start End Duration
10 Tuesdays
Sheffield 11-Oct-18
10 Thursdays
11-Apr-18 13-Jun-18 10 Wednesdays
04-Jun-18 08-Jun-18 Part 1 - 5 day block
Part 2 - 5 day block

What is a union learning representative?

The primary duties of a union learning representative are:

Promoting Learning

- promote learning opportunities
- identify members' learning needs
- give support to members to help overcome barriers to learning
- signpost or refer to other sources of advice, support and learning opportunities
- work with learning providers

Work with Unite

- work with other reps embedding learning into Unite's work in your workplace / branch
- identify opportunities to use learning as an organising tool
- link to branch and wider Unite structures
- gather, record and collate information for branch, learning organiser, etc

Raise learning issues with the employer

- develop an awareness of Government policies and priorities
- find out about skills required within local/sector labour markets
- work with the employer to improve learning opportunities
- negotiate around learning and skills as part of the bargaining process

ULRs have the same statutory rights as all workplace reps.  The Employment Act 2002 states that:

- learning representatives should be given reasonable paid time off to carry out their duties and undertake training
- union members are entitled to unpaid time off to consult their ULR where the union is recognised for collective bargaining purposes

ULRs have a place in Unite's structure:

Rule 18.1 - At each workplace the members employed at that workplace shall elect from amongst themselves, at least every three years, one or more of the following representatives:

- shop stewards/workplace representatives
- safety representatives
- learning representatives
- equality representatives
- environment representatives