General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) Bitesize Online November Sessions

Log in every Monday for lunchtime and evening sessions on a variety of topics aimed at union workplace representatives. Sessions will last no more than 30 minutes and will be accessible through any device be it a smartphone, tablet/iPad, laptop or computer. Join us at 12.30pm or 6pm or view the recording after each session. […]

Disability History Month Training Courses

During UNISON’s Year of Disabled members UNISON Birmingham Branch is celebrating Disability History month and the International Day of Persons with Disabilities by running the following training courses around disability. These will be hybrid sessions held in the Branch Office with the option to join online via ZOOM. The following sessions will be available: Disability […]

Mandatory vaccination in social care settings in England update

Social care workers in England, irrespective of where they work, no longer face a legal requirement to be vaccinated. If social care employers persist with forcing members to be vaccinated, please seek legal advice. Back in November 2021 the Westminster Government passed a law requiring anyone working in a care home, including people who visited […]

New Activist Courses For 2022

There are some new forthcoming UNISON Activist courses for the first term of 2022, please see below a list of the courses. You can book places by following the links for each course and details of all activist courses can be found on learninunisonwm.org.uk Online Organising Steward 18th January – 15th February 2022 10am-12pm for […]

NEW Activist/Member Courses

There are two brand new courses being run in the West Midlands:  Details are below, both courses will be held online and follow the links to book. Demand is expected to be high for these courses and places are limited so please apply early. There is a £15 per head charge to the branch for […]

Free online training courses

The West Midlands region have a number of forthcoming online learning opportunities in November for UNISON members and activists to access. Some of the courses available are: Online Organising Steward Online Dealing With a Disciplinary Case Online Excel and Spreadsheets (Advanced) Online Pre-Retirement Planning Online Introduction to Health and Safety Online Family History (Intermediate) Online […]

Updated Social Work England Fitness to Practise Guidance

UNISON has worked with the social worker regulator Social Work England (SWE) to update SWE’s fitness to practise referral guidance for employers and social workers. The updated guides are in links below. There is improved synergy and read-across between the two guidance documents. UNISON views these documents as ‘two faces of the same coin’. There should […]

Online Learning Opportunities

UNISON has lots of forthcoming online learning opportunities for members. These are a great opportunity to consider for your continual professional development. There has been a slight decline in the uptake of training, but there are lots of courses on offer that may be of interest, and the list is updated regularly. All courses with […]

Farewell from Donald McCombie, Lifelong Learning Coordinator

Sadly, I have to say farewell as the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator. The Tory Government has ended the Union Learning Fund (ULF). The ULF was created in 1998 by the then Labour Government and has provided workplace learning to thousands of workers on hundreds of subjects. This is a blatantly political attack on union learning […]