Membership Development Programme 2019
Guide to free courses for UNISON Members
This booklet lists the free courses available to UNISON members in the North West region. To book on a course, please use our course calendar on the UNISON website: www. unisonnw.org/view_calendar Locate the course you want on the calendar and express your interest by clicking on the button and filling in the form. Be sure to leave your name and email address. We will contact you a couple of weeks before the course starts with joining instructions. We release the course dates in three terms on the website: Jan – April, May - August and September – December. If the course you want isn’t running in a location near to you in that term, please check back in the next term. Please make sure you are committed to attending the course before you book a place, as places are limited and non-attendance can mean other members miss out on potential places. If you do need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible. We will inform your UNISON branch that you are attending the course. The courses run at the major cities in the North West region. We can deliver some of these courses in different locations if we have enough people who will attend the course. Please contact Lyndsey Marchant if you are part of/know of a group who want to request a course in a new location. Email: email@example.com Telephone: 07939 583 811. There is no cost to members or to UNISON branches for members attending courses. For full day courses there will be a lunch provided unless specified. If you have any questions, or want more information please contact Lyndsey Marchant, NW Learning and Development Organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07939 583 811.
We run these courses as part of our evening and weekend programme, in the major cities in the North West region but we can also run these courses in a workplace in the day or evening time. If the people in your workplace would like to do any of these courses, please get in contact with us.
Power to Be You The course is for UNISON members who want to find out more about building their confidence and speaking skills. Course aims: • Help to improve self-esteem • Ideas and tips for addressing own confidence and assertiveness issues • Help to speak with confidence Get That Job The course is for members of UNISON who are thinking about or needing to apply for jobs. Course aims: • To discuss feelings about applying for jobs • To identify your existing levels of confidence in relation to work and personal life • To acknowledge your strengths and skills • To explore the job application process and application forms • To increase confidence in demonstrating your skills and experience on application forms, particularly in relation to the Person Specification
Your Skills, Your Future The course is for members who want to identify their transferable skills and are considering making some changes to their lives. You will also find out more about being part of UNISON. Course aims: • To identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development. • To feel more confident about your skills and abilities. Dementia Awareness In this one day workshop you will: • Get a general understanding of the experiences of people living with dementia and that of their family and carers • Learn the different types of dementia and the causes Mental Health Awareness In this course you will develop awareness of: • The range of mental health problems people face • The experience of people living with mental distress • Strategies for promoting good mental health • A revised level of awareness to take back to your workplace English and Maths qualifications We have funding to run these courses at workplaces, please get in touch if members at your workplace want to undertake this learning at your workplace. ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language) qualifications We may be able to run this qualification at a workplace, please get in touch if members at your workplace want to undertake this learning. -6-
We run these courses as part of our evening and weekend programme, subject to tutor availability. On occasion we may be able to run these at workplaces. Working with Word This course will give you a good understanding of how to use Microsoft Word. You will learn how to: • Open, save and close Word documents in different places • Open, amend and check a document • Move, delete and change the position of text in a document • Change the line spacing and margins of a document • Apply fonts, font styles and sizes • Insert and edit tables in to your document • Print documents Everyday Excel This course will give you a good understanding of how to use Microsoft Excel. You will learn how to: • Open, navigate and close an Excel document • Create and lay out a simple spreadsheet • Enter and format numbers and text in a spreadsheet • Copy, insert and delete dates • Create basic formulas • Create basic charts • Apply relative and absolute cell addressing • Print a spreadsheet Mathematics Level 2 Fast-track – Self Study We are running a pilot scheme for members who want to gain a Level 2 qualification in Mathematics to support a change in career or for a job where a Level 2 Maths qualification is required. You will need to have done some learning already yourself and be familiar with the mathematics involved at Level 2. -8-
This course will provide remote access to learning materials to support your self-orientated study and you will need to pass a practice test before you can move forward to test with one of our partner education providers. We are currently developing this learning offer and will run a pilot phase where we look for feedback and suggested improvements from members. Introduction to British Sign Language Learn basic sign language and Deaf awareness with tutors from Deaf centres across the region. You will learn: • Finger spelling • Numbers, time and calendar • Basic phrases to hold a conversation with a Deaf person.
Supporting Your Child at School In this twilight course, you will develop an understanding of: • The different methods currently used by schools to teach maths and English to primary school-age children • An awareness of digital safety – how to keep children safe online on apps they use • Communication methods to get and keep children talking Mindfulness for Stress This practical course will give you techniques to cope with moments of extreme stress and help you cope with stressful times in life. The course will help you develop: • A knowledge of the theory and background of mindfulness meditation • Breathing techniques • Meditation exercises Members will receive resources to take home with them. Preparing for Retirement If you are looking to retire within the next two years, this course will benefit you. The course will cover: • Managing Change – moving from work to retirement • Legal matters – wills and trusts • Statutory pensions and state benefits • Independent Financial Advice - what is the typical process you can expect from companies? • Occupational Pensions in Local Government
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Sector specific learning
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Schools Support Staff Programme We run courses especially for schools support staff during school holidays throughout the year. We vary what we are offering in response to current issues and priorities facing schools staff. To find out more, check our course calendar on the unisonnw website regularly, and check your emails: we email periodically during the year about the courses. We may be able to run these courses at schools, please get in touch if staff at your school want to undertake this learning at your school.
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Health and Social Care – Accredited Distance Learning Modules These are distance learning courses, meaning you work independently using resources that will be sent to you. The courses are at Level 2 and are run by Warrington and Vale College. Each course will have a certificate on completion. To express your interest in these courses please email Rick Cayzer: email@example.com You will be sent an enrolment pack to fill in and return. Modules include: • Awareness of Mental Health Problems • Care and Management of Diabetes • Common Health Conditions • Customer Service for Health and Social Care Settings • Dementia Care • Dignity and Safeguarding • Equality and Diversity • Infection Control • Information, Advice and Guidance • Learning and Disabilities • Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care • Principles of Care Planning • Principles of End of Life Care • Safe handling of Medication in Health and Social Care • Team Leading • Understanding Autism • Understanding Nutrition and Health • Working with People with Mental Health needs Please note: Although this course is initially free, you will be charged £100 to cover course costs if you do not complete your course in the time agreed with the course co-ordinator at the college.
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Return to Learn The Return to Learn course is designed for members who have been away from learning for some time. The runs one evening a week for 10 weeks and there is also a weekend overnight stay with your course group. On this course you will learn and develop skills to help you in everyday life and work. You will learn a number of skills, including: • Confidence to express your opinion in group conversations • Helping your children with homework • Note-taking • Being able to present ideas to people • Problem solving • Thinking about and planning for your future There are no exams to take and the group has a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. Like the rest of our learning programme, this course is free and your travel costs will be paid for (your overnight stay, travel, accommodation and food will also be covered), we can even provide help with childcare/dependent costs. This course has a waiting list, please look for it on our calendar and express your interest. When we have enough people in your area to start a course, we will contact you.
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Women’s Lives This course is only for women and gives you the opportunity to learn and develop skills in a friendly, supportive environment. The course runs for one evening a week for 10 weeks and there is also a weekend overnight stay with your course group. The course will help you develop confidence and skills through different activities with co-operation and mutual support of your group. You will learn a number of skills, including: • Confidence to express your opinion in group conversations • Helping your children with homework • Note-taking • Being able to present ideas to people • Problem solving • Thinking about and planning for your future There are no exams to take and the group has a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. Like the rest of our learning programme, this course is free and your travel costs will be paid for (your overnight stay travel, accommodation and food will also be covered), we can even provide help with childcare/dependent costs. This course has a waiting list, please look for it on our calendar and express your interest. When we have enough people in your area to start a course, we will contact you.
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Courses especially for younger members These courses are specifically aimed at Younger Members of UNISON (ideally aged under 35). Younger Membersâ€™ Guide to Pensions This course gives guidance to younger union members about paying into pensions, and an opportunity for them to ask questions. The course will take into account future situations members may encounter and provide information about overpaying and underpaying.
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Courses for Union Learning Reps
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What is a Union Learning Rep? Union Learning Reps (ULRs) are elected in to position by two other union members in their workplace. They encourage and support members in to learning activities available through their union and look out for learning opportunities that would benefit their colleagues and organise putting them on in their workplace. Examples of this are a summer reading challenge, or a course on IT skills, or a course that would help people develop knowledge related to their job. UNISON has created some short, informal sessions that ULRs can run and lead in their workplace. To find out more about these, or if you want to be a Union Learning Rep, get in touch with Lyndsey Marchant: firstname.lastname@example.org As well as UNISONâ€™s stage 1 ULR course for new ULRs, we also offer some other training courses that help ULRs develop confidence in running learning offers in their workplace. Digital Champions As the use of digital technology increases, UNISON is creating a network of Digital Champions to support colleagues with the digital day-to-day. Digital Champions are trained volunteers who can support colleagues with learning new digital skills, gaining digital confidence and overcoming barriers to getting digitally active. All you need to become a Digital Champion is a basic understanding of using a computer, confidence with everyday tasks such as how to search the internet and the time and patience to support someone to learn new skills. How does UNISON support Digital Champions? - Free online training and resources - Access to a community of Digital Champions to share ideas - Face-to-face training and events - Badges and certificates to demonstrate your learning For more information email email@example.com - 19 -
Numeracy Challenge Champions Numeracy Challenge Champions learn how to use different promotional materials from the National Numeracy Challenge to promote good Maths skills in the work place. You don’t have to be a maths expert, and you will not to be expected to teach maths. The workshop will enable you to: • Help others to see Maths as a valuable part of everyday life • Encourage people to use the Challenge online • Support people to use the challenge • Challenge the view that maths ability can’t be changed • Promote the challenge through leaflets, newsletters and in meetings • Run an introductory Numeracy Challenge workshop. To sign up for this workshop, please find Waiting List: Numeracy Challenge Champions on the unisonnw website course calendar. Once we have a full group we will contact you with the workshop details. Dyslexia Awareness This course is aimed at those who are involved in working with or supporting people a good understanding of dyslexia and how to assist people. You will learn: • An increased understanding of what dyslexia is • Coping strategies for people with dyslexia • How to make workplaces more dyslexia friendly.
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Learning Bursaries for Members Bursaries for studying with the Open University UNISON offers support for members studying courses with the Open University and other linked providers. For application forms please visit: https://www.unison.org.uk/get-involved/learning-development/ financial support/ Learning Grants These grants of up to £100 are intended to help members studying at their own expense up to and including at undergraduate level on the following types of courses: 1) 2) 3)
Trade Union and Labour Studies where an applicant has not received a bursary Non-vocational education up to and including undergraduate level Vocational education relevant to public service work up to and including undergraduate level.
Schools Support Staff Grant To help you progress at work and develop your career, UNISON is offering Personal Learning Development Grant for Schools Support Staff. A limited number of awards of up to £300 each are being offered to help towards course fees. Personal Care Assistants Grant This grant is for members who provide personal care in private or charity-run/voluntary aided homes or individuals’ own homes. UNISON is offering a Personal Learning Development Grant to help you get on at work or develop your career. A limited number of awards of up to £300 each are being offered to help towards course fees.
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Open University Awards Open University (OU) Awards are available to UNISON members undertaking 30 and 60 point OU courses up to and including undergraduate level at their own expense. No awards are available for Masters Degree study or above. Awards are made as follows: 30 point courses £100 60 point course £200 Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies Grants Members studying these subjects can apply for the following: Certificate or Diploma Grants of up to £300 towards fees for members on Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies courses. Bachelor or Masters Degree study: Substantial grants for union reps studying Trade Union and Labour Movement or Women’s Studies degrees. Learning Discounts for UNISON members Members can get the fee discounts for distance learning from: National Extension College – 10% discount on all NEC courses including GCSE, A-Level and vocational courses CILEx law School – 5% discount on law courses (excluding legal practice course or postgraduate Diploma in Law) The Open College of the Arts - £50 off OCA tutored arts and craft courses for UNISON members and their families Birkbeck, University of London – 10% discount for union members - 22 -
University of Wolverhampton – 10% discount on course fees for trade union members –for more information contact Beverley Fielding, Centre for Lifelong Learning Administrator, unionenquiries@ wlv.ac.uk Free online courses PEARL – Part Time Education for Adults Returning to Learn http://pearl.open.c.uk/ Browse the PEARL website for a range of free online courses, sponsored by UNISON. FurtureLearn – Learn anything, Learn together, Learn with experts Features a wide range of free online courses https://www.futurelearn.com
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Learning and Organising, UNISON Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank M3 1UN