UNISON Learning

Autumn learning programme for members

UNISON’s latest programme of workshops and events includes how to manage your finances, understanding and supporting your friends, colleagues and family deal with mental illness and poetry – if you would like to sign up please hurry as some of these workshops fill up fast.

Caring for Adults – Wednesday 22 September: 9:30am–1pm https://yorks.unison.org.uk/events/caring-for-adults/

The workshop is suitable for those working in the care sector, both in the community, in a residential home or within a hospital or rehabilitation centre, or those with caring responsibilities for elderly friends and relatives. Delivered by the Open University this workshop will cover the following learning aims: Good communication – ways of communicating, improving your listening and interpersonal skills. Palliative and end-of-life care – how this care is provided and what is meant by a good death. Positive risk-taking – why it is important to balance safe care with positive risk-taking to promote a more fulfilling life for the cared-for person.

Financial Wellbeing for UNISON members -Tuesday 28 September:12pm-1pm https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5977692194190944015

This 1-hour webinar hosted by UNISON’s charity There for You is delivered by The Money Charity. It’s designed to help UNISON members manage their money better, stay on top of their finances and plan for the future. It also offers the latest in money saving tips.

Online Introduction to Family History – [5] Thursdays 16th September to 14th October:11:15am-12:45pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/974

Are you a UNISON member that has always wanted to know more about your past? This course will provide you with an introduction to researching family history and genealogy. It will look at the ever-increasing range of online family history resources and the skills required to navigate them accurately and efficiently.

Poems for Change: Poetry Workshop – Thursday 7 October: 10am – 1pm https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/poems-for-change-poetry-workshop/

National Poetry Day with a morning workshop led by Hydrocracker Theatre Company. An opportunity to explore the power of words in working for a better world, as well as to discover your own creativity, this workshop was very popular when we ran it earlier this year, and we’re delighted to provide it once again.

Online Get That Job – [3] Fridays 08 October – 22 October:11:15am – 12:45pm  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/978

Delivered by the WEA, this course will focus on the changes many of us are going through at work, particularly redundancy and the need to look for a new job. The course will cover, how to compile a CV, understanding and completing job application forms and preparing for a job interview.

Online Mental Health Awareness – Thursday 14 October: 9.30am-1pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/979

Delivered by the OU, this workshop is aimed at any UNISON member that would like to gain some introductory knowledge and understanding of mental health. It will help participants understand the main mental health problems that people face and provide a basic insight into the experience of having mental distress.

Your Skills, Your Future – [2] Fridays 15 & 22 October : 10am-1pm https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/your-skills-your-future-oct-21/

Are you feeling stuck in your current job? Explore what skills you have, how to make the most of them, and how to develop new skills. Whether you want to learn for work or in your personal life, this workshop is for you.

Latest Courses for Activists

Online Handling Grievance and Disciplinary – 21 & 22 September: 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/967

This two-day course concentrates on building the skills, techniques and confidence needed for workplace stewards to represent members. It examines the contents of grievance and disciplinary procedures, the influence of the ACAS Code of Practice then moves on to develop the skills needed for preparing a case, interviewing, and representing a member. Stewards must have completed either the 5-day Organising Steward course or the 10-day TUC Union Representatives Stage 1 course before applying for this course.

Online Sickness Absence Reviews – Tuesday 12 October  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/968

This one day course will examine the principles and priorities to consider when representing a UNISON member at a sickness absence review meeting. It will explore the basics of preparing yourself and the member for a meeting and possible outcomes.

Mental Health First Aid – [4] Mondays 18 – 28 October https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/mental-health-first-aid/

UNISON recognises mental health as part of a wider discussion around health and wellbeing at work and believes in the value of a collective approach. This course for experienced UNISON reps aims to support that, establishing practical support in the workplace.

If you would like more information about learning & training through your union or becoming a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Member Courses

Adult Education

Coventry Adult Education latest course Autumn 2021 is out now How to enrol, venues, concessions and other useful information is available here; https://www.coventry.gov.uk/adulted

Download the new CHOICE magazine here

Member learning

UNISON has been providing learning opportunities for her members since the union began.

member learning tree logo

Our learning programme has grown and developed. We offer members free, funded and discounted courses. We aim to widen access to education and training to those who have been unable to access them and for those who wish to continue with their education or improve their personal and professional skills.

Follow the link to access for more information; https://learning.unison.org.uk/member-learning/

Are you interested in improving or gaining a qualification in the Functional Skills? Your employer has a responsibility to address your training it English, maths and IT – click here; https://learning.unison.org.uk/member-learning/english-maths-it/

If you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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How to get the most out of online learning

Online learning – photo from the UNISON website

Since the start of the pandemic, online learning has become a favoured method of taking courses. But how can we get the most of it?

Although there are definite drawbacks to learning online compared to more traditional classroom learning, there are still very good opportunities to learn and develop from the experience. UNISON have put together a short guide of hints and tips with ideas about how to get the most out your online course. If you have never taken one, why not give it a go?

Online learning has opened the doors to all kinds of opportunities. If you’ve previously found it difficult to take part in training or education because of work or care commitments, or because of the financial cost, you might find that online learning sweeps many of those barriers away.

But it can bring its own challenges, whether that’s finding the time, the space – or even the motivation. Your course may require you to do a lot of work on your own, or to join an online session at a particular time. You might need to learn how to use unfamiliar technology.

The good news is, all those challenges can be overcome. Here are ten tips from our member learning team to help you make online learning easier for yourself.

1. Take it seriously

Remember that online learning is valuable, the same as any other learning: your time and motivation are important for achieving the learning outcomes.

2. Claim the time you’re entitled to

Many union activists have the right to paid time off to undertake training for their role – and that goes for online training too. Speak to your employer and/or your branch education co-ordinator. It’s much better to get it sorted out before the course begins!

3. Take a short cut

Start by bookmarking your course access page to make it easy to find.

4. Use your time wisely…

Don’t overcommit yourself. Be realistic about how much time you can allocate for learning. You might find it useful to allocate a specific time for it, such as an hour every Thursday morning or evening.

5. … and protect that time

Think of ways to mitigate disturbances: tell family members it’s your learning time, turn the phone ringer off, avoid checking emails, ask your colleagues not to drop by etc.

6. Think about your surroundings

If you do your course at home, find a place where the internet access works reliably, and you have a comfortable and quiet space. If you are at the workplace, is it possible to move somewhere else if your normal workspace is too crowded and noisy?

7. Experiment!

Some people like to listen to music playing in the background or wear noise-cancelling headphones to help them concentrate. Maybe grabbing a cup of tea or coffee to start with is a nice routine to help kickstart each learning session?

8. Make materials work for you

Many people benefit from taking notes either by hand or online to help with their thinking, making connections and remembering things. Or try making a mind map. Printing things may sound like an attractive idea, but it can also be wasteful and expensive use of printer ink and paper. Would a screen shot be of help instead?

9. Set yourself small targets

You’ve already set yourself a big target – completing this course! Setting yourself smaller targets along the way can help keep you motivated and provide a real sense of progress. Don’t be ashamed to make it as tiny as you need to make it achievable. You opened the course page after a week of avoiding it? That’s worth celebrating! You can set a bigger one tomorrow.

For example: Today I will… By the end of the week I will… By the end of the month I will etc…

10. Look after yourself

Eat and sleep well before working on your course and remember to take regular breaks from the computer screen.

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Report from TUC webinar on the lifting of Covid restrictions and the impact on workers

Report from Paul Hunt, Coventry City UNISON Leaning Rep

On Wednesday 28th July, the TUC held a very successful webinar concerning the lifting of Covid restrictions, and what it means for workers and their trade unions.

Over 1000 activists tuned in to the session, from many different unions, including from UNISON. Attendees heard from 3 speakers from the TUC, PCS and GMB about key issues that workers are facing, and are likely to face in the coming weeks and months.

The activist from the GMB, as did all the speakers, underlined the importance of building an active trade union rooted in the workplace as being key to winning on health and safety matters, and indeed all issues facing members. More than an ever as a trade union movement we need to recruit new members and new activists to build our strength in the workplace.

Information was given about a number of TUC campaigns and links to useful resources, a selection of which can be found below.

There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions of the panel – though of course with such a high number of attendees it was impossible for the speakers to respond to every question.

This was the first TUC seminar I had attended and I would highly recommend activists and those thinking about becoming activists to attend future TUC events. It was just 1 hour in duration, and was free to join.

Resources:

Watch the webinar here

TUC report on Long Covid

UNISON bargaining guides

Hazards guide to workplace ventilation

TUC campaign to make Long Covid a disability





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Courses for Stewards and Activists

UNISON West Mids – New Courses – Autumn 2021

Latest programme of courses for reps and activists has been released. All the courses listed will be held online via Microsoft Teams or Zoom. These fill up fast! so if you would to apply follow the links to UNISON West Midlands learning website and log in or sign up to the site.

050 – Online Organising Steward – 14 Sept – 12 Oct (5 Tuesday Mornings) 10am – 12pm  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/964

051 – Online TUC Reps Stage 1 – 15 Sept – 24 Nov (10 Wednesday Mornings) 10am – 12pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/966

052 – Online Intro to Health and Safety – 16 Sept – 14 Oct (5 Thursday Mornings) 10am- 12pm  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/965

053 – Online Handling Grievance and Disciplinary – 21st and 22nd September* £  (*This course fulfils ERA refresh criteria   ££15 per head per day charge) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/967

054 – Online Sickness Absence Reviews – 12th October£    (££15 per head per day charge) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/968

056 – Online Dealing with a Disciplinary – 2nd and 3rd November* £     (*This course fulfils ERA refresh criteria   ££15 per head per day charge) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/970

058 – Online Dealing with a Grievance – 16th and 17th November* £       (*This course fulfils ERA refresh criteria   ££15 per head per day charge) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/972

If you would like more information or assistance or would like to become a workplace ULR, contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Starting a course in 2021? You may be entitled to a £300 Learning Grant!

Are you starting a course in 2021? If so, you may be entitled to a £300 Learning Grant from UNISON!

UNISON wants to do all it can to help members develop themselves through learning and education and has a number of financial schemes to help facilitate this.

There is a set criteria for this help, which you can read about here, and where the form can also be downloaded.

A number of members from the Coventry City branch have received this Learning Grant and it is well worth applying for!

If you want to find out more, or need help with the form, please contact your branch learning reps Suki and Paul using the details below, replacing (at) with @:

suki.dhaliwal(at)unisoncoventry.co.uk

paul.hunt(at)unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Member Learning

Personal Development Courses 2021

Delivered in partnership with the Workers’ Educational Association [WEA]. These workshops have been very popular so if you are interested in attending, book early!

Follow the link and complete the form:

Get That Job : 7, 21 & 28 July:

10-12pm ZOOM online: video conference. This course will help you:

Gain better knowledge for the job application process.

Gain confidence.

Reflect on your skills, and the skills for other jobs.

Understand the job application process.

Know how to complete job application forms, with reference to the person specification and job description.

https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/get-that-job-jul-21/

You will need access to a laptop or PC and be able to attend all 3 sessions

If you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Adult Education

Coventry Adult Education Service Choice Magazine_Summer 2021 is out now

Choice magazine summer 2021

Visit; https://www.coventry.gov.uk/downloads/file/34596/choice_magazine_-_summer_2021

Learn a new skill or gain a new qualification. Includes the Functional Skills; maths, English and computer and ESOL classes. Classes are being delivered online, face-to-face or a mixture of both.

Or Visit; https://learning.unison.org.uk/member-learning/english-maths-it/

If you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Build your skills with UNISON Learning

Skills Builder

UNISON has developed a new free online tool to help build confidence using maths and English. Skills Builder is a practical resource with tips on calculating dimensions, speed reading and spelling

Skills builder: develop your skills in reading, writing and numbers

It can be used as many times as you want, if you do not complete it, it will pick up where you left off, can be used on a smartphone, desktop or laptop.

There’s also a refresher on basic maths, with clear explanations and examples on fractions, percentages, divisions, and multiplications.

Visit; https://skills-builder.dreamm.co.uk/

If you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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Learning at Work Week

Learning at Work Week – Monday 17 – Sunday 23 May 2021

Learning at Work Week 2021 Get involved with our five step guide!

This year’s theme is Made For Learning, with three strands: learning, curiosity and connecting. Visit https://www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk/news/learning-at-work-week-2021-theme

National Numeracy Day. Wednesday 19 May. Sign up to become a Champion and help your colleagues get more confident with numbers Visit: https://www.nationalnumeracy.org.uk/numeracyday

If you would like more information or assistance contact your UNISON ULRs: suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk  or contact the branch office on 02476 550829 : Email: office@unisoncoventry.co.uk

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