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TUC Education Courses for Trade Union Representatives SEPTEMBER 2013 – JULY 2014 “really useful knowledge for every union rep”


Contents 10-week courses..............................................................................2 5-week courses ................................................................................3 Short courses....................................................................................4 Diploma programmes ..................................................................5 Application form ............................................................................6 How to find us ..................................................................................7

How to apply To apply for any of our courses, please fill in the application form on page 6 and return it to: Trade Union Studies West Thames College FREEPOST SEA10045 Isleworth Middx TW7 4BR (no stamp needed) All courses are held at West Thames College. For more information, please contact Martin Donohue in the Trade Union Studies Office.

( 020 8326 2235 or mobile 07874 034471 8 martin.donohue@west-thames.ac.uk

Tailor made courses If your union branch or region would like a course specifically for your industry or area, please contact Martin Donohue in the Trade Union Studies Office on 020 8326 2235 or 07874 034471 to discuss your requirements. Here are examples of courses we have arranged on request: • • • • • •

Redundancy Designing leaflets for your branch Designing spreadsheets TUPE Age discrimination Bullying at work.

All information was correct at time of printing (July 2013) but may be subject to change.

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10-week courses HEALTH AND SAFETY (STAGE 1) 10 Tuesdays, starting 24 September 2013, 9.30am-4.30pm READING OFFICE ONLY 10 Mondays, starting 30 September 2013, 9.30am-4.30pm 10 Tuesdays, starting 14 January 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm 10 Thursdays, starting 24 April 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm Get the essential foundations to be a really effective workplace health and safety rep. Topics include: • • • •

The role and responsibilities of the health and safety rep Identifying hazards at work Improving union organisation on health and safety Taking up problems with management

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Your role and responsibilities as a rep Building and maintaining a strong union organisation Handling members’ problems Representing members at grievances and disciplinaries

NEW! EMPLOYMENT LAW CERTIFICATE 10 Thursdays, starting 3 October 2013, 9.30am-4.30pm 10 Wednesdays, starting 23 April 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm 10 Thursdays, starting 24 April 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm READING OFFICE ONLY The TUC Certificate in Employment Law is designed for union representatives who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 Union Reps Course or its union equivalent. This is a practical training course, designed for workplace reps. It approaches the law from this perspective and its main concern is how knowledge of and confidence in using employment law can improve workplace bargaining.

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5-week courses UNION LEARNING REPS (STAGE 1) 5 Mondays, starting 13 January 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm This course will enable new Union Learning Reps to find out about their role and how union learning and ULRs fit into the union team. Topics include: • • • • •

Promoting the value of learning and supporting learners Arranging learning/training Statutory rights for ULRs and union members How to secure recognition and paid time off Establish formal learning agreements to embed learning in the workplace

UNION LEARNING REPS (STAGE 2) 5 Tuesdays, starting 22 April 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm This is a new second stage course for ULRs who have completed the initial stage of their training and who have had subsequent practical experience. Topics include: • Developing a trade union approach to learning, learning initiatives and projects • Supporting members both individually and collectively • Enabling ULRs to develop a small learning project of their choice

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Short courses IMPROVE YOUR REPRESENTATION SKILLS 3 Tuesdays: 12, 19 and 26 November 2013, 9.30am-4.30pm For newer reps or those who want to improve their representation skills. This course is not “dry theory” – it is active learning, designed to build your confidence and knowledge. Topics include: • Preparing to represent • Understanding procedures • Common problems • Building confidence MENTAL HEALTH AT WORK 3 Thursdays: 30 January, 6 February and 13 February 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm Aimed mainly at health and safety reps but also other reps who are interested in this area. Topics include: • Raising awareness of mental health issues • Disability discrimination, the law and reasonable adjustments • The role of trade unions • Representing members with mental health problems EQUALITY REPS 3 Thursdays: 6, 13 and 20 March 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm This course aims to give any rep the skills, knowledge and approach to tackle equality issues in the workplace. Topics include: • Understanding equality issues and the role of the equality rep • The Equality Act and equality duties • Equality case studies

NEW! FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND ALL THAT: USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO BUILD YOUR BRANCH

3 Wednesdays: 7, 14 and 21 May 2014, 9.30am-4.30pm This course is for any rep who wants to know more about how to set up or develop their branch website and use social media such as Facebook and Twitter to build activity and involvement in the branch. Topics include: • Websites, good and bad • Facebook and social media • Turning clicks into activity

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Diploma programmes EMPLOYMENT LAW (3 TERMS, 12 WEEKS EACH) 36 Tuesdays, starting 24 September 2013, 6pm-9pm For experienced trade union representatives. This is a blended course – we use computers and the internet to guide and support you outside the classroom. The aims of the course are to: • • • • •

Help you become more effective as a workplace representative Promote your understanding of the trade union approach to employment law Widen and deepen your understanding of trade union and workplace issues Develop your personal and study skills and the ability to work collectively Improve your confidence to study at a higher level

DIPLOMA IN EQUALITIES (3 TERMS, 12 WEEKS EACH) 36 Wednesdays, starting 25 September 2013, 6pm-9pm For experienced trade union representatives. This is a blended course – we use computers and the internet to guide and support you outside the classroom. The course will help you to: • • • • • • •

Become more effective as a union representative, particularly on equality issues Prepare for a union officer post or higher education Strengthen your understanding of trade union and workplace issues Build your knowledge of equality issues in the workplace Support your ability to build workplace equality and tackle issues at work Develop your personal and study skills and the ability to work collectively Improve your confidence to study at a higher level

NEW! DIPLOMA IN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY 18 Fridays (over 36 weeks) starting 27 September 2013, 9.30am-4.30pm This course is for safety reps who have already completed the Stage 1 and 2 Health and Safety Reps courses. We will use blended learning, the internet and Moodle, our virtual learning environment, to guide and support you outside of the classroom. Attendance is 18 Fridays in the classroom over 36 weeks, with study from home or work on other weeks at times of your choice. Courses do not meet during college half terms or on bank holidays.

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Application form PLEASE USE BLOCK LETTERS. Mr

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Post code Phone (day) Phone (evening) Mobile Email address Trade union Union branch Union post(s)

I wish to apply for a place on the following course(s): Please tick and indicate your preferred date of attendance and location. Health and Safety Stage 1 (Isleworth or Reading) Health and Safety Stage 2 Union Reps Stage 1 (Isleworth or Reading) Employment Law Certificate (Isleworth or Reading) Union Learning Reps Stage 1 Union Learning Reps Stage 2 Improve Your Representation Skills Mental Health at Work Diploma in Employment Law Diploma in Equalities Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety Short courses (please indicate) I confirm that I am a fully paid up member and representative of my union. Signature Union:

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Return this application form to: Trade Union Studies, West Thames College, FREEPOST SEA10045, Isleworth Middx TW7 4BR (no stamp needed) 6


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