UNISON Learning

UNISON provides access to training with courses that are friendly and informal, and involve practical activities and working with groups of other UNISON members and activists.

Find out more about UNISON's learning here

TUC Education has launched the new ULR eNote that gives information on a variety of subjects to Stewards/ Reps. 
The new eNote can be found at www.tuceducation.org.uk/eNotes .

Dementia Awareness Course
UNISON is running a free course  
9.30am to 4.30pm 
17th September 2015 
at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen. 
  • Information about Dementia and it’s impact on people.
  • Raise awareness of support mechanisms available for people with dementia
  • Gain an understanding of issues relating to dementia.
  • Gain an understanding of how people with dementia and their families can be supported .
  • Confidence in using support mechanisms and supporting strategies for people with dementia.
  • Know where to find and signpost further support.
For more information contact Betty Lyon on 01224 620624

Your skills, Your future
Free course for UNISON members 
 9.30am to 4.30pm 
on 30th September 2015 
at the Beach Ballroom in Aberdeen 
  • To identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development
  • To feel more confident about your skills and abilities
For more information contact Betty Lyon on 01224 620624

25th June 2015                                                                                               
Welcome to our June Issue of our Scottish Member Learning Bulletin
In this issue we’ll bring you up to date with the latest and forthcoming initiatives across UNISON’s Learning & Development spectrum.
Scottish Union Learning Funding
We’re delighted to confirm that we have successfully secured funding from Scottish Union Learning to run 2  Learning & Development Projects from April 2015 to March 2017.
The projects will be run by Marta Chaba ( m.chaba@unison.co.uk ) in the Highlands & Islands  and Kevin Duguid ( k.duguid@unison.co.uk ) in the Lowlands & Uplands - the projects aim to deliver accessible and need driven learning /development opportunities for our  members across Scotland .
Please get in touch with us if you would like to talk about what we can offer your members  - listed below as an example are some of the courses  we've funded over the last year :
Report Writing Skills
Dementia Awareness
Chartered Management Institute – Introduction to 1st Lin Management
Autism Awareness
Communications Skills
Employability Skills – CV Writing,Interview Techniques etc...
Deaf  Awareness
Dyslexia Awareness
Basic Computer / IT Skills
Stress Awareness/Management
Social Media skills
European Computer Driving Licence(ECDL)
British Sign Language                                       
Improve your Microsoft Excell Skills
Coaching & Mentoring Skills                                    
Improve your Microsoft Word Skills
Conflict Resolution/Management
Skills for Careworkers
Member Learning Programme
We had hoped to have launched our Member learning Programme in booklet form by now but there have been a few technical issues that have prevented it - We will instead  advertise courses for this year through Branch Newsletters , Websites and our new UNISON Scotland Learning & Organising Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/UNISON-Scotland-Learning-Organising/446747168748200 )
Full Day courses will run from 9.30am to 4.00pm (lunch supplied) and Half Day Course 9.30am to 1.00pm
The venues are:
Glasgow - UNISON House , 14 West Campbell Street Glasgow
Edinburgh - Douglas House , Belford Road Edinburgh
Inverness - UNISON , 53 Shore Street , Inverness
Aberdeen - Inspire ,Beach Boulevard,Aberdeen AB24 5HP
The Scheduled courses are as follows;

Your Skills ,Your Future – 1 day Course

Are you feeling stuck in your current  job?
Come along and explore what skillsyou have, how to make the most of them and how to develop new skills.  Whether you want to learn for work or in your personal life, this workshop is
for you.

Course aims:

·        To identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development.
·        To feel more confident about your skills and abilities.
·        Improve your confidence
·        Help you set goals for the future
·        To signpost  you to  appropriate Learning & Development Opportunities

June Glasgow -  23rd  June  - Course Full
Edinburgh -  10th  September
Dumfries – 7th October
Aberdeen -  September (contact us for the date)

Making the Most of the Internet – 1 day course

Do you have some experience of using a computer but would like some tips to make the most of the internet?
Come along to this course to build your  confidence.

Sessions will cover ;

·               searching the internet,
·                using favourites
·                email and attachments.
·               tips for staying safe online
·               computer spring cleaning
·                using the internet to save money.
·               How to save documents & photos
·               Using Social Media

Edinburgh -   24th June
Inverness – 29th September

Dealing with Paperwork – 1 Day Course

Are you required to read large amounts of information and never have enough time?

This course has been designed to support  members who need to read large amounts of information.  It will provide some practical techniques for reading and understanding  information so that is does not become too much of a chore.
It will discuss:

·        Organising paperwork and speed reading techniques
·        Reading purposefully and report writing
·        Your learning style
·       Time management and mind mapping

Glasgow -    28th May  - Course Full
Edinburgh -  22nd October
Inverness – 10th November

Staying Strong – Stress Management Workshop  -  3 Hour  Workshop

This workshop is an introduction to Stress Management   and will help learners identify :

·        The different types of stress which exist
·        What can cause Stress
·         the ways stress can affect  people
·        ways in which people could alleviate stress

This workshop is a taster  session giving basic information and signposting to other more comprehensive courses.

Inverness  -  14th July  9.30 am to 12.30pm
Dumfries - contact us for more info

Dementia Awareness – 1 Day Course

These workshops are a great starting point for Staff who work with clients who have dementia or who have friends or family with Dementia giving a valuable and constructive insight into it.
·        This one day course will provide learners with information about  different types of Dementia and it’s impact on sufferers
·        Learners identify strategies for supporting  people with dementia
·        Learners will gain an understanding of issues relating to dementia.
·        The session will be interactive and practical.
·        Learners will have increased confidence in utilising support mechanisms and supporting strategies for people with dementia.
Glasgow -  September  8th
Aberdeen -  25th June  - course full
Inverness – 30th June -  course full
Dumfries – Contact us for more info


Lifelong Learning Guide

UNISON’s approach to promoting Learning is to make it:
  • Accessible to all;
  • Inclusive of all; and
  • Supportive of all
European Social FundUNISON has a range of initiatives available for members.  We are always looking to recruit more Union Learning Representatives.  We are happy to arrange training for them on a regular basis and assist in negotiating Learning Agreements with employers. Now more than ever our members need to access the high quality training we can offer them (via the WEA) and the benefits to the Union are obvious. Members who learn via the union are significantly more likely to get involved as activists. Below are some of the initiatives currently under way.

We are currently updating and reorganising these pages. In the meantime, check out these links for more information.
21st May 2014
The Open University is today launching its new website for Scotland: www.open.ac.uk/ScotlandWhile The Open University operates across the whole of the UK, anyone located in Scotland will now be directed to the above website so that they can quickly find content that is relevant to them.

Learning is central to building a stronger union in which members can speak up and get involved.  Our courses are friendly and informal, and involve practical activities and working with groups of other UNISON members and activists.

  • Learning through UNISON can help you develop your confidence, skills and knowledge to become more active and involved around issues that concern you, and advance your career.
  • UNISON works with employers to run learning programmes for members in a variety of subject areas, from informal workshops on areas of interest to members through to IT, reading and maths courses for continuing professional development.
  • We offer financial support via our educational bursary scheme and through discounts on distance learning from a number of education providers, including the Open University.
  • Regions run a wide range of training courses and workshops for reps, branch officers and members interested in getting more involved in the union.
  • To apply for a course contact your branch education co-ordinator or branch secretary in the first instance. For most courses you will need to complete an application form included in the relevant regional or national education programme.
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