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Unite Union Learning Reps

What is a Union Learning Representative?

A Union Learning Representative (ULR) is a member of an independent trade union, recognised by their employer, and elected by their colleagues in the workplace.

How does the ULR work with the Union?

ULRs have been instrumental in championing the importance of training and development.

ULR’s work extremely hard to boost the image and strength of the organisation of their union within the workplace.

They can help widen union membership across the board and in underrepresented groups such as migrant workers.

Key roles of a Union Learning Rep?

  • Promoting the value of learning
  • Supporting learners
  • Arranging learning/ training
  • Supporting workplace learning centres to embed learning in the workplace
  • Above all helping others access new learning opportunities.

How do I get involved?

Speak to one of the Unite representatives in your workplace or contact the Regional Learning Organisers: Learnwithunite.wulf@unitetheunion.org

Unite offers full training in this role, you will be helped to get paid release from work to attend a ULR training course.

You will also be supported as you develop in the role via the Regional Learning Organisers.

Unite Wales Education Program

A Message to Unite Members

Welcome to the Unite Wales Education brochure. We are living through extremely challenging times. The coronavirus crisis has meant the Union is having to adapt quickly to continue supporting our members and activists to the same high standards, but in different and innovative ways.

As a Unite activist you are the union’s most precious resource. Now, more than ever, Unite members need well trained and informed representatives to get them safely through this difficult period. Key to this is supporting our activists with high quality education.

To keep you and our employees safe, Unite Education is moving in the short term, to online delivery. We are moving our courses into virtual classrooms; training will take place using the video conferencing software that lockdown has made us all very familiar with.

Throughout the period of online delivery the structure of our courses will remain the same. For Workplace Reps and Health and Safety Reps we will still provide a clear 20 day training pathway, with courses split into 4 modules. Online courses will still require paid release and will continue to be delivered during the week from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Your full time officer can help to secure paid release if you experience difficulties.

In addition to the fantastic courses for our Workplace Reps, Health and Safety, Equality and Learning Reps, we can also run bespoke courses and bite size training upon request. Unite education is flexible and we are able to provide training designed to meet the specific needs of your workplace.

Unite Mental Health Guide for Reps & Negotiators

This guide aims to equip our representatives and our members to tackle mental health issues at work. A central feature for Unite the union has been to campaign and negotiate for good mental health. W

Under the Strain of the Pandemic

This is a trying time for Unite members and all the people of the UK, there will be worries about health, finances and coping with being on lockdown. There is such a change to people’s normal routines at home, in work and in work at home.

WTUC Trade Union Rep
Mental Health Toolkit

The aim of this toolkit is to provide information to help union officers and reps in Wales to represent members affected by mental health.
This toolkit also acts as a resource providing activities that can be run with colleagues to educate them and others.

ReAct Funding Guidance

Unite Redundancy Guide

Here For You Booklet​