Member Learning

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It is important that during this pandemic we keep well and look after our mental health. Engaging in learning and development is a great way to keep your brain active and your spirits up.

UNISON Learning have put together a compilation of on-line courses which will enable you to develop your personal skills and training within the workplace.

The following courses are specifically for school staff and are free or discounted for members.

Please click and follow the links;

Courses for schools workers https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-schools-workers.docx

Courses for early years and under 5s workers https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-early-years-workers.docx

Courses for catering staff in schools https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/04/courses-for-schools-workers-catering-staff1.docx

Courses for cleaning staff in schools https://learning.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/sites/50/2020/05/courses-for-schools-workers-cleaning-staff.docx

If you are not confident using a computer or would like to refresh your IT knowledge or need some assistance, Learn My Way will guide you through the basics; https://www.learnmyway.com/

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

Financial support UNISON Learning Grant is now available for 2021

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Activist training

COVID update

All our training is still being run online using interactive workshops wherever possible. Please check national and regional education websites for upcoming courses.

https://learning.unison.org.uk/events/

http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/

New Stewards: The Organising Steward online course Useful especially for reps whose shift patterns or personal commitments make it difficult to get to a classroom. It’s delivered by experienced TUC tutors and supported by UNISON organisers. The course will cover the same material as the face-to-face Stage 1 + Stage 2 workplace representatives course combination.

Health and safety reps training

New online induction training for health and safety reps – check regional education website

Advanced employment law Online versions of the advanced employment law courses. The first Disability Discrimination Law refresher was very popular – please keep an eye out on the national website for more.

Online learning for UNISON activists Our e-learning site has a selection of quick online learning activities for UNISON activists. You can learn about dyslexia, the menopause, data protection, apprenticeships, and more.

https://e-learning.unison.org.uk/

TUC introductory courses The TUC also has a wide range of online learning available, from short ‘eNotes’ giving you the basics of workplaces issues, including as the menopause, equality at work, and tackling hate speech, in twenty minutes, to full-length introductory courses for workplace representatives, health and safety representatives, and union learning representatives. Whether you’re a newly appointed rep, an experienced activist or just curious about what a particular role might entail, these courses are well worth investigating. Visit the TUC Education site

Training available for the various different activist roles include: Workplace representatives, Health and Safety representatives, Union learning representatives, Branch officers, further training for reps and officers.

If you 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

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Financial Support

UNISON Learning Grant is now available for 2021

Coventry City UNISON are pleased to announce that applications for the Learning Grant scheme 2021 is now open. Members can now apply of up to £300 towards a course.

Click here: https://learning.unison.org.uk/financial-support/

For more information or assistance contact UNISON ULRs: 

suki.dhaliwal@unisoncoventry.co.uk  &  paul.hunt@unisoncoventry.co.uk 

or contact the branch office on 02476 550829

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The union learning difference

This government plans to cut the Union Learning Fund which, last year, supported over 200 thousand workers access skills training and helped them get back into learning.

This is wrong! join our campaign to save union learning.

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Here are some stories from UNISON members where the ULF has made a significant difference to their lives.

“The ULF helps people like me take a step further by using the fund to educate ourselves and become great role models for our children.”

Hasmita Dhamelia, teaching assistant, with the help of the Union Learning Fund (ULF).

“Union learning has helped me in many ways. It’s raised my confidence to approach on-line learning. It’s let me learn in my on time, at home, away from work, without worrying about how much will it cost. It gave me choices of subjects that would benefit me in my workplace, e.g., Makaton, using sign language with children. Without union learning, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to approach managers and headteachers to discuss issues within the workplace. And it has has helped me encourage others to take up suitable learning to further their opportunities.

“The government should continue supporting the Union Learning Fund (ULF) to help all those who would otherwise not be able to afford to better themselves. We are a minority, who do not earn a lot – unlike government ministers – yet work very hard to make ends meet. The ULF helps people like me to take a step further by using the fund to educate ourselves and become great role models for our children not to fall in the same trap as those not having had the opportunity to educate themselves.”

“This funding is instrumental in making education accessible to all corners of the British community, including those who are under-represented or underprivileged.”

Ibrahim Abdikadir, London Ambulance Service emergency ambulance crew, currently working towards Functional Skills maths qualification with the help of the ULF.

“I’m doing a Functional Skills maths qualification with the help of the Union Learning Fund (ULF) and London Ambulance Service (LAS) UNISON Branch. You have to have Level 2 English and maths if you want to join the in-house paramedic course, so the course is brilliant for people who need to bridge that gap. There are 15 or 16 of us doing the maths course, and it really helps to be studying with colleagues who are doing the same job or working for LAS in different roles. You have familiar faces, which is very nice, and you’re all in the same boat. I did an entry level maths qualification with Barnet and Southgate College last year and it’s very daunting to be in a class with other people but learning is much easier with your colleagues. When I heard LAS UNISON Branch was organising this Level 2 course, I thought, ‘Brilliant – I don’t have to go to college!’ The course is a massive help – without it, I wouldn’t be able to join the paramedic programme; without it, there would be no career progression.

“I hope the government keeps funding the ULF. It helps people with career progression, and better jobs mean higher wages which means we’ll be helping out in terms of taxation as well. I hope the government don’t scrub it completely. It’s a battle everyone has to fight together.”

“It helps people with career progression, and better jobs mean higher wages which means we’ll be helping out in terms of taxation as well.”

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Urgent! Sign the petition to defend union learning

The government has announced plans to cut the Union Learning Fund in England. UNISON completely opposes this move.

As an article on the national website of our union says

For 20 years, the fund has been getting working people into skills training they’d otherwise have no access to, with courses directly relevant to the workplace, tailored to workers and supported by funding from the government.

The fund has been a concrete help to so many workers – and now the Tories want to take it away.

We urge you to sign the petition here, to defend the Union Learning Fund and say to the government that we will not stand for attacks on education.

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Out Now! The latest branch newsletter on Learning and Education

The Autumn 2020 edition of our branch Learning and Education newsletter is now available. It is full of updates from the branch, with details about how you can access new opportunities.

To view the newsletter, click below!

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Hope Not Hate: Difficult Conversations workshop for UNISON members

Hate destroys lives. HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust works in the UK to build communities and celebrate shared identities. They campaign for a world free from mistrust and racism.

HOPE not Hate was established to offer a positive and community-focused way of doing anti-fascism. Across the UK, HOPE not Hate Charitable Trust has worked tirelessly on the ground with local people to defeat the politics of hate. Their campaigning has always been backed up by first class research and intelligence.

They have exposed the illegal activities of extremist groups, and been able to foil serious plots to commit acts of violence and even terror.

With the UK becoming ever more divided it is vital that we learn to have productive conversations with those who disagree with us to help combat racism, xenophobia and all forms of prejudice.

What will the workshop cover?

This session offers effective methods for changing the minds of people who have deeply-held, irrational views that are racist or xenophobic, without relying on “myth-busting” techniques.

It will explore practices that seek to understand people’s perspectives, rather than focus on their objectionable conclusions.

Dates and times:

Thursday 15th October 10-11.30am

Thursday 15th October 2-3.30pm

There will be four workshops on offer for UNISON members and each session will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Spaces are limited to 20 members per session.

The workshops will be delivered online using Zoom.

Follow the link below to register

https://learning.unison.org.uk/2020/09/07/hope-not-hate-difficult-conversations-workshop-for-unison-members/

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New Online Member Courses with UNISON West Midlands

UNISON are offering a wide variety of online courses for UNISON members coming up in the West Midlands region over the next few months. All of the courses will be held online and run by our partners at the WEA and Open University. 

Members will need access to computer or a laptop and internet connection to complete these courses. 

136- Online Bereavement Awareness- 14th October 10:15am-12:45pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/906 

134- Get Connected Online- 19th October – 2nd October [3 Monday afternoons] http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/898

137- Online Mental Health Awareness- 20th October  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/907

140- Online Managing Behaviour- 22nd October 9:30am-1.00pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/889

138- Online Intro to Family History- 5th Nov to 3rd Dec 3.15 – 4.45pm [5 Thursdays] http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/908

141- Online Managing Stress- 10th to 24th November 1.15 – 2.45pm (3 Tuesdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/910

142- Online Get that Job- 10th to 24th November 3.15-4.45pm (3 Tuesdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/911

143- Online Power to be You (Confidence Skills)- 11th to 25th November 1.15-2.45pm (3 Wednesdays ) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/890

139- Online Intro to Excel and Spreadsheets- 11th to 25th Nov (3 Wednesday Mornings)  http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/909

144- Online Family Learning- 14th to 28th November 10.00-11.00am (3 Saturdays) http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/912

145- Online Intro to Mindfulness- 20th November 13:15pm to 14:45pm http://www.learninunisonwm.org.uk/course/913

The easiest way to apply will be online through www.learninunisonwm.org.uk website. You will need sign up to the site if you have not already done this, if you require an application form please see contact Coventry branch office or ULRs.

If you 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

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Check out the Unionlearn Festival of Learning

Over the coming months Unionlearn, a campaign of the TUC, will be organising the Autumn Festival of Learning.

Events will be run looking at a wide range of issues concerning Learning and Education, many of which will be online.

To find out more visit the Unionlearn website by clicking here.

It will include the Unionlearn annual conference, how to take the first steps back to university and much more. Check it out!

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Take the Numeracy Challenge this Checktember

This September UNISON in partnership with National Numeracy are once again providing members with an easy and straightforward way to improve their confidence and their skills in maths.

You may have struggled with numeracy based tasks at work, at home or unable to help your children with their homework – whatever the reason, it is never too late to learn or improve on functional skills.

The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website. It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your current level, or for catching up on learning you missed and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

If you feel anxious about or lack confidence in numeracy take part in Checktember. Ten minutes a day using the friendly National Numeracy Challenge will really make a difference to your confidence and your numeracy skills.

To sign up please click on the links;

The Numeracy Challenge for members in schools-http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unisonsch

The Numeracy Challenge for members in health and social care http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unisonhsc

The Numeracy Challenge for members in other sectors http://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/unison

You’re not alone: hear UNISON national learning and development organiser Oreleo Du Cran explain how he became a ‘numbers person’

If you 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

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