A wide range of learning opportunities

As a member of UNISON you have access to a wide range of learning opportunities.
The branch has a number of trained Union Learning Representatives
(You can find a list of Leeds UNISON Union Learning Representatives here.) who can be consulted about learning opportunities from UNISON or through Union Learn and other learning organisations. UNISON works with the WEA (workers Education Association) to provide training and learning for members.

New members will be invited to free one day “taster” learning workshops to help you cope with the challenges that life throws at you either at work or in your daily life.
We can help you get to grips with new technology – from using the internet on your smart phone to making the most of your office email.

We’ll tell you more about your union, UNISON, how to access our help and support and how the union can support you in the workplace. And it’s all FREE.

Short workshops

1) Welcome to UNISON – Find out more about UNISON, meet other new members, what being a member means for you, how you can get the most out of your membership and how we can work together.

2) Facing change together – looks at how we can help and support each other during times of change, to help give you more confidence and practical ways of working together.

3) Your skills, your future – explore what skills you have, how to make the most of them and how to develop new skills.

Learning in unison4) Making the most of the internet - Build you confidence in using a computer and searching the internet, sending emails in session one. Session two tips on staying safe online, computer spring cleaning and using the internet to save money.

UNISON - longer courses

UNISON runs other longer courses for members that run at different times of the year –

  • Return to Learn
  • Women’s Lives
  • Coping with Change
  • Building Confidence in Women
  • Women’s Assertiveness

Details of these and other courses can be found on the regional website:-

More opportunities for learning

Leeds UNISON also works with the other trade unions in Leeds City Council and there are a range of courses that are available. There are a number of free courses that you can do at your own speed, in your own time at home or in the work place. The courses are run by a well established and respected course provider, Tribal.

The courses are -

  • NCFE Level 2 Customer Service
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems
  • Ascentis Level 2 Certificate in Common Health Conditions
  • NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Information, Advice or Guidance
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Mental Health Awareness
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Nutrition and Health
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Preparing t Work in Adult Social Care
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of Dementia Care
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of End of Life Care
  • NCFE Level 2 in Understanding End of Life Care
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles of the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare settings
  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Nutrition and Health

*Subject to availability (Sep 2015)

Get your Maths Up to Date
If you have children and they come home with their Maths homework do you look at it and think “I don’t understand this”. You can get your maths skills updated. You can check your numeracy skills by taking the Numeracy Challenge online. www.nnchallege.org.uk

Leeds UNISON Union Learning Representatives

Leeds UNISON has a number of Union Learning Representatives.

Michael Binks (Environment and Housing)
Neil Rhodes (Children's Social Services)
Manny Dominguez (Children`s Social Services)
Warren Dillon (Children’s Social Services)
Bridget Campbell (Adult Social Care)
Carol McGrath (Adult Social Care)
Donna Padget (Strategies and Resources)
Joanne Mingham (Citizen and Communities)
Anthony Seaward (citizens and Communities)

If you are interested in becoming a Union Learning Representative contact 0113 245 8442 or email branch@leedsunison.org.uk and we will tell you about how to get involved. There is full training given and reasonable time off from work is given.