Learning at work
This year UNISON has funds of £250 to offer to schools that want to put on an educational event as part of celebrating Stars in Our Schools.
The purpose of the event is to kick start learning and education for school support staff and can either be on the same day as Stars in Our Schools on 23 November, or held on another day.
UNISON members can apply for up to £250 towards the costs of venue hire, catering and resources (but not tutor costs). We can provide additional material for the day for you to use - leaflets, posters, training booklets and information on opportunities for learning with UNISON.
If you want to improve, develop and build skills for yourself or your colleagues then why not apply and hold a session on an educational topic of your choice. If you’d like an event to happen at your workplace talk to your UNISON rep / union learning rep and ask them to apply.
- Use the session as a starting point for learning. Talk to your colleagues about what they’d really like to learn about and look at the other courses UNISON offers to see if you’d like to do them.
- You can even spend some of the grant on a cake when you do this!
- Promote some of UNISON’s free and quick online training courses (called e-notes), which cover a range of topics and issues such as the administration of medicines
- Promote reading and sign up to the Reading ahead scheme
- Have a drop in sessions on signposting for maths, English and ICT training
- Launch learning events such as: a poetry, reading & writing workshop, photography, cake making and knitting.
- Inform members about the UNISON Learning Grant Scheme
Who can apply?
UNISON ULRs, lifelong learning co-ordinators, area organisers, regional organisers and other education staff. Contact your local union learning representative (ULR), speak to your UNISON branch or contact National and Development Organisers Oreleo Du Cran 020 7121 5711 and Jon Tennison on 020 7121 5700. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I apply?
Kick start learning
Learning and development is at the heart of UNISON’s work. We hope people will use the Stars in Our Schools learning event to start an interest in the many learning opportunities UNISON provides.
“The training was brilliant and really inspiring.”
Learning can help people to:
- Develop your career or just for fun and personal development
- Become more active and involved around issues that concern you
- Help you deal with change and uncertainty at work
UNISON offers many learning opportunities. There’s our popular award-winning short courses, Return to Learn and Women’s Lives, which are free to UNISON members. They are designed for adults to build self-confidence, widen horizons and help progress at work. No exams are involved and many find it a helpful route into further and higher educations.
We also have free one-day ‘taster’ and weekend workshops. Explore the skills you have, how to make the most of them and how to develop new skills. These include:
- Your skills, Your future (identify your existing and potential skills, feel more confident and to signpost members to UNISON learning offers.
- Making the most of the Internet
- Dementia awareness (learn about dementia and gain insight into what it feels like to live and care for someone who has dementia so you can return to work with a greater awareness)
- Mental health awareness (examines what we mean by ‘mental illness’, look at what employers can do to maintain mental health at work, and identify some of the common signs and symptoms of poor mental health in the workplace).
These courses are free to members. Join UNISON here.
UNISON works in partnership with WEA and the Open University to deliver, support and offer learning opportunities to members.
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