Union Learning Representatives Stage 1 Award Online

Union Learning Representatives (ULRs) are helping to give people the skills and knowledge to improve their lives at work and beyond.

They are making a real difference in workplaces up and down the country, raising the profile of training and development by providing advice, encouragement and information to members about a range of learning opportunities.

There are currently over 23,000 ULRs in the UK. They have been key in building participation in lifelong learning. As well as helping individual members, ULRs have had a positive affect upon workplaces and organisations.

Union Learning Representatives Stage 1 course introduces the role of the ULR, the importance of learning and skills at work and provides the tools and knowledge that will enable ULRs to carry out their role successfully.

Who is the course for?

This is the first stage ULR training course for all ULRs.

How long is the course?

The course will take approximately 30 hours to complete.

What will the course help me to do?

This course will help you:

  • understand the role of the union learning representative
  • promote the value of training and learning to union members
  • understand developments in learning and issues affecting learning
  • give support and encouragement to members who want to broaden their skills
  • arrange training and learning opportunities
  • consult with the employer about training and learning.

Can I get time off to learn?

Union representatives who wish to attend TUC courses in working time should first ask their employer for time off with pay. The Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the Safety Representatives and Safety Committee Regulations 1977 give accredited union and safety representatives a legal right to reasonable time off with pay to attend courses approved by the TUC or their union. Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice (pdf).

Representatives who find difficulty in obtaining paid time off to attend TUC courses should seek assistance from their senior union representative or full time union officer.

Can I get time off for online courses?

Online learning should not be seen as an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

How much is the course?

There are no course fees for union reps from TUC affiliated unions.

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact: TUC Education Online e: tuceducationhelp@tuc.org.uk t: 020 7467 1289.

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