Activist Training

Our Regional Learning and Organising Team are offering the following upcoming training courses for new and existing Branch Activists.

UNISON Stewards are offered free training which can be done in person or online and travel, accommodation and childcare expenses are all covered by UNISON.  UNISON Stewards are entitled to paid time off to attend initial training and to carry out Trade Union Duties and the branch will offer support and guidance every step of the way.

Further Training For Existing Activists

Getting Started with Mentoring (Online)

If you are one of our more experienced activists and are interested in mentoring skills and want to find out more about it, then this course could be just the right place to start.

Mentoring offers the potential to build and develop confidence. It offers techniques to work through a particular issue. It can act as a sounding board to help resolve any potential conflict or barrier and helps to empower new activists in their role.

This training is delivered online via Microsoft Teams.

Date:  5 June 2024

Time:  10.00am – 1.00pm

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Making Equality Central to the Branch

This Training is now MANDATORY for ALL Activists and Branch Officers.

Equality is written into our rule book and into our objectives and policies but making equality part of everyday business is no small task. Making equality central to your union practice is a course that explores internal and external tools, which can support equality bargaining, negotiating, and representation.

The course also looks at how to identify equality themes in organising and recruitment, as well as considering the different equality roles in UNISON and how you can utilise their support.

The aims of this course are:

  • To understand Equality in UNISON
  • To introduce equality legislation and how you can use it in your role as a UNISON activist
  • To make equality central to your union practice
  • To find out more about UNISON’s equality campaigns
  • To look at how you can contribute to your branch equality action plan

Date:  2 July 2024

Time:  9.30am – 4.00pm

Location:  UNISON Resource Centre, Carlisle

ERA Refresher (Online)

A 1 day course for existing ERA Accredited Activists.  Accreditation runs for 5 years and only Activists with ERA Accreditation can represent members.

Date:  6 June 2024

Time:  9.30am – 4.00pm

Location:  UNISON Resource Centre, Carlisle

TUC Bullying & Harassment (Online)

With many surveys now showing that two out of every five people employed suffer as a result of bullying and harassment in the workplace this course is designed to support representatives with an effective strategy for dealing with the problem. It looks at how bullying and harassment in the workplace has developed and will help representatives to have a greater awareness and understanding of what constitutes bullying and harassment, its effects on the individual and the organisation and the health and safety implications.

Many members may face bullying and harassment at work, but everyone is entitled to work in a safe environment, free from intimidation or abuse. This course will help reps deal with members issues.

Dates:  Every Tuesday for 3 weeks from 18 June 2024

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TUC Trade Unions & Mental Health Awareness (Online)

Mental health is a key issue for trade unions and the course will enable participants to build knowledge around the subject of mental health so they feel able to support colleagues, raise awareness and pursue progress with the employer, in order to build a more positive workplace.

Dates:  Every Wednesday for 3 weeks from 12 June 2024

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Initial Training for NEW Activists

Organising Stewards Course

This 5 day course (Every MOnday for 5 weeks) has been designed for newly elected Stewards.  As a Steward you are vital in playing an important role in organinsg and representing members in your workplace

Dates: 3,10, 17, 24 June and 1 July 2024

Location:  UNISON Resource Centre, Carlisle

Health & Safety Starter

This is the essential introductory course for newly elected Health & Safety Representatives.

Dates:  16,17,18 July 2024

Location, UNISON Resource Centre, Carlisle

TUC Equality Reps (Online)

The last few years have seen an increase in the amount and complexity of equalities issues at work. Union reps need to be able to keep up to date with equality legislation and handle issues such as flexible working, reasonable adjustments and discrimination. That’s why unions are building the role of equality reps to help make workplaces fairer and more equality aware.

This training course will train equality reps in their new role and help them get to grips with the new and changing equality agenda. Equality reps can promote fairness in the workplace by raising the equality agenda among fellow workers and their own unions; by encouraging employers to make equality and diversity part of mainstream collective bargaining; by working with vulnerable workers and trying to ensure that every worker receives fair treatment.

Dates:  Every Tuesday for 3 weeks from 11 June 2024

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To apply for any of the UNISON courses above, please complete the Application Form below.

NW Course Application

Please ensure you send the completed Application to the branch on for authorisation.

For more information, please contact or visit or take a look at the North West Regional Education Programme below.

2024 NW Education Programme

If you would like to attend the TUC Online Training, please Register using the appropriate links above and email the Branch at who will ensure you are accredited once training has been completed.