Rep 1 – UCU reps induction

Rep 1 – UCU reps induction: 15, 22, 29 November & 6 December 2021, online, Scotland–6-December-2021-Online-Scotland

This online course is aimed at new reps/caseworkers and activists who will be undertaking this role in the near future. Existing reps who have not attended training before are also encouraged to attend. The course will cover all aspects of your role as a rep including your rights as a rep, union democracy, recruitment and communication. You should complete this course prior to applying for the Rep 2 course.

Course details

Course meeting dates:15, 22, 29 November & 6 December 2021

Please ensure you can attend the entire course prior to submitting your application  form. Please further ensure you have secured time off from your employer to attend.
Course meeting times:All course meetings are held from 10:30am to 12:30pm unless otherwise directed by the course tutor and will be held on the dates above.

Some courses may also offer an afternoon debrief. This is not mandatory, however we would recommend you take the tutor up on the offer where available. It is an opportunity to review your days work and discuss the topics you are working on.
Course time commitment:21 to 25 hours including the course meetings
Location:Weekly zoom/teams meeting and distance learning pack. Expect some group work outside of course meetings.
Course content this Rep 1: Introductory course will cover the following:
overview of trade union movement history
UCU organisation and democracy
your rights as a rep and how to apply them
communication with members
members’ issues 
collective responses.
The course will give you a good grounding in the role of a UCU rep. You will be expected to complete this Rep 1 course prior to applying for the ‘UCU Rep 2: Handling complex cases’ course.
UCU courses are funded via members’ contributions and public funding.

InformationFacility time

Online courses are no different to face-to-face courses in terms of time off for training. Time off for training is a right and one which should be exercised as part of normal industrial relations. For more info please see  Facilities and time off for UCU reps.

We recommend that you take your facility time on the same day as your course meeting. This will allow you to complete the course activities, and to contact the tutor/attend the course debrief where offered.

When you apply for a course we will assume that are making a commitment to attend the course as advertised, and have secured time off from your employer. Please contact your branch/region if you are having problems securing time off.