We had confirmation recently from the Skills Funding Agency that we will receive 50% funding for the TUC programme. After a very positive meeting with Shrewsbury Colleges’ senior management team, I can confirm that we are open for business. 50% funding is a cut on what we received last year so it’s important that we maintain viable classes. We cannot let the collective resource, capacity, knowledge and experience that is found in the college trade union studies disappear. Nothing can substitute for the classroom experience of representatives coming together and learning from each other, facilitated by a tutor. The message is ‘Use us or lose us’! Once we have gone there is no going back.
Thanks for your continued support, please do all that you can to send your representatives on our courses.
In solidarity Mike Edwards - Trade Union Studies
Union Reps Stage 1 10 x Mondays from 24 April 2017 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley, Stoke on Trent
Health & Safety Stage 1 ten weeks 9 am – 4 pm 10 x Tuesdays from 25 April 2017 at Shrewsbury College & GMB Offices, Hanley,Stoke on Trent
courses will take place in Wolverhampton if sufficient demand
Courses are run fromJanuary, Apriland September each year
All representatives can benefit from training. Industrial relations, employment law and health and safety regulations are constantly changing. We need to be up to date. So please consider signing up today for one of our courses. Talk to other reps; raise the issue of training at the next branch or committee meeting. Let’s make sure that our members are represented by the best informed, knowledgeable and skilled reps possible. If we can do anything to support your branch/committee’s training, organising and campaigning please get in touch. Also, if your employer is consulting your union regarding apprenticeships we have experience in working with local unionised companies to ensure fair and good quality training for young and adult apprentices.
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All representatives can benefit from training. Industrial relations, employment law and health and safety regulations are constantly changing. We need to be up to date. So please consider signing up today for one of our courses.
Talk to other reps; raise the issue of training at the next branch or committee meeting. Let’s make sure that our members are represented by the best informed, most knowledgeable and skilled reps possible.
If we can do anything to support your branch/committee’s training, organising and campaigning please get in touch and thanks for your continued support. Please do all that you can to send your representatives on our courses.
UNION REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1
10 x Mondays course
This course is for new union representatives and union representatives. It will assist you to develop the skills you need to be an effective rep.
This course will cover:
The job of the union rep
Building union membership
Making the union work
Using and making agreements
Grievance and discipline
Your rights and negotiating at work
Equal opportunities at work
Developing your skills and confidence
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES STAGE 1
10 x Tuesdays course
The course focuses on four key areas:
The role and functions of a trade union health and safety representative
Organising for health and safety
Preventing accidents and ill health
Key skills for a trade union health and safety representative
an application form needs to be completed and signed by a branch official for any course.
These are available for all courses from Trade Union Studies at Shrewsbury College, London Road, Shrewsbury SY2 6PR
the union must be recognised by the employer for the purpose of collective bargaining
the training must be approved by your union or the TUC
the training must be relevant to your duties as a representative
if time off is unreasonably refused, or your employer does not pay you, then you can complain to an employment tribunal
Other TUC courses, will only take place in Wolverhampton if there is demand but they are available at Shrewsbury see below
for courses elsewhere logon to www.unionlearn.org.uk for details
HEALTH & SAFETY REPRESENTATIVES
STAGE 2 10 x Thursdays
The course will focus on further developing confidence, experience, knowledge and skills:
Identifying, preventing and controlling risks to build a safer and healthier workplace
Involving members more in health and safety issues and developing a collective approach to health and safety
Ensuring that an equal opportunities approach to health and safety at work is adopted
Finding out information about the law and using it more effectively
Keeping up to date on health and safety law and information
Getting things done and effecting changes in health and safety in the workplace
COMPUTER COURSES FOR TRADE UNION MEMBERS – FREE*
Progress from basic beginner’s course through to our advanced programme:
Introduction to in internet
SKILLS FOR LIFE – FREE*
Brush up on your maths or English skills
Gain a qualification
Improve your CV and employability
Help children with their homework
99% success rate so far
*Courses open to all trade union members, family and friends and are held at Shrewsbury College and the Construction Centre, Stafford Park, Telford and also in Wolverhampton if enough demand.
CERTIFICATE IN EMPLOYMENT LAW 10 Mondays
Employment law in the UK is changing. TUC Education has introduced a new Certificate course to enable union reps to prepare for these changes in the best way possible.
The new course is designed for union reps who have already completed the TUC Stage 1 Union Reps course or its union equivalent. It is a practical training course that approaches the law, including the 2013–14 changes, from a workplace perspective and its principal concern is how knowledge and confidence in using employment law can improve workplace bargaining. The course will develop your ability to use the law in representational, organising and collective bargaining situations.
Courses being run locally by the WEA finished. Mike Edwards of Shrewsbury TU Studies Centre, who spoke at our delegate meeting is attempting to re-establish a permanent TU studies centre in Wolverhampton/Black Country. Mike will be running TUC Shop Stewards and Health & Safety Reps courses here.