Union Learning Reps Certificate

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.

This 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.

The course goes on to provide ULRs with the opportunity to develop existing essential knowledge and skills in areas that are fundamental to their role, as well as undertaking a workplace specific learning project in a area of study relevant to their members’ learning needs. It is intended to replace many of the follow-on modules that existed in the previous ULR pathway and will provide ULRs with the opportunity to undertake an area of study relevant to their members learning needs.

Who is the course for?

This is the main course for union learning reps.

How long is the course?

The course will take 60 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
  • review your follow up strategies from a learning needs survey
  • understand how to work with providers and potential partners
  • develop strategies around learning and organising
  • further develop skills in supporting learners
  • work through learning projects (what, how, when, who etc)
  • get things done at work
  • plan and develop a project relevant to members’ learning
  • review and plan for own development needs

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.

How much is the course?

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

Further information

If you require any further information about this course, please contact your TUC Regional Education Officer.

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ClassroomEast Riding College10 Jan 2020 to 20 Mar 2020
10 Fridays including self study sessionsApply for this course
ClassroomBlackburn College11 Oct 2019 to 13 Dec 2019
10 Fridays
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ClassroomCity of Bristol College22 Jan 2020 to 1 Apr 2020
10 Wednesdays (half term 19th Feb)
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ClassroomThe Manchester College27 Sep 2019 to 6 Dec 2019
10 Fridays
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ClassroomBirmingham Trade Union Education Centre14 Oct 2019 to 16 Dec 2019
10 MondaysApply for this course