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Courses in the North West region

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Equality rep courses Equality courses
Bargaining courses Bargaining courses
Specialist courses Specialist courses

These are the courses for branch reps and activists currently running in North West region.

If there are no dates listed for the course you'd like to attend, or if you'd like to be made aware of further dates, please register your interest here.


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Effective negotiating & bargaining skills: March 2024

This course is for those who are currently negotiating with management or those in the branch who want to learn more about the negotiating process. Negotiating with discipline, cohesion and winning strategies are fundamental to obtaining the best deals for members. This course will allow you to explore tactics, practices and processes that can be applied in local negotiations. You will also look at ways of involving members and organising for increased leverage.

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Rep 2 - representing ʵ members: May 2024

This course is for reps who have completed ʵ's Rep 1, H&S 1, Bargaining for Equality, or our introduction to case work and are now actively engaged in representing individual members. The course also assumes you are actively engaged with your branch and understand ʵ's democratic structures both in the branch and nationally,

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H&S 1 - induction: (health & safety role and functions) April 2024

This course forms the first part of ʵ's health and safety training programme. The course is for new health and safety reps, or those who have been in the role sometime but have never been trained, along with those in the branch who want to further understand the role, and legislation that enables health and safety reps to hold institutions to account. You need to be a ʵ rep/dept rep etc. to attend this course, but you don't need to be a H&S rep.

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Workload rep training 1: introduction to the workload campaign & the role of the workload rep, 6, March, 2024, half day, Online

This short course is open to ʵ activists and reps who want to build upon their knowledge of workload as a health and safety hazard in the workplace. You should ensure you have branch approval prior to attending and tick the relevant box on the application form. The ʵ workload campaign gives us the tools to tackle increasing workloads and working hours. The failure of employers to protect staff from excessive workloads and stress is damaging our health, our students' education, and our ability to organise to defend ourselves and our sector. This course will give you a generic overview of workload campaign and the role of the workload rep.

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Challenging redundancy: March 2024

The threat of redundancy has never been more acute for ʵ members. This course is for all branch reps & activists who are likely to be involved in challenging redundancies and/or supporting members facing redundancy.

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Rep 1 - ʵ reps induction: Online, May 2024

This course is aimed at new reps/caseworkers and activists who will be undertaking this role in the near future. Existing reps who have not attended training before are also encouraged to attend. The course will cover all aspects of your role as a rep including your rights as a rep, union democracy, recruitment and communication. You should complete this course prior to applying for the Rep 2 course.

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Job evaluation: A collective approach, July 2024

This one day course is for branch reps and activists who are involved and interested in learning more about the importance of trade union involvement and representation in job evaluation schemes. The focus of the course will be around the use of collective action wherever possible.