Activist Education



Through our Education Programmes we are able to empower our activists and members to have a stronger and more confident approach when organising as a union. Our courses enable activists to speak with confidence when negotiating with employers and speaking in public. In consultation with the Regional Development and Organising Committee the decision has been taken to cancel all class-based activist and member learning courses during the pandemic.

All learning is now online until further notice

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Latest Offers👇

( revised August 24th)

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UNISON South West Activists Learning Offer

Due to the current climate the Education & Equalities Team has decided to release learning offers for each quarter. We will be using our webpage and social media to keep everyone up to date with current learning offers for activists. The remaining of our course options for 2021 are online.


Please use the booking links to reserve a space. We encourage all applicants to inform their Branch Secretary or Education Officer in their branch that they have applied and have had a space confirmed

In the meantime thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have any queries please email us:

South West Education & Equalities Team


NEW!!! Stewards & H&S Reps Training

Sept – Nov 

Organising Steward

20, 27 September, 4, 11 & 18 October

Organising Steward

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November



Organising Steward

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 November

Apply Here

(In order to complete the training you must be able to attend all 5 ‘live’ sessions)

Organising Stewards course content:

This course consists of online meetings, plus remote learning via an online learning platform totalling 30 hours of learning over 5 weeks.

The course aims to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence to enable you to carry out the role of a steward in UNSION, including to:

  • Understand the role of an organising union in public services
  • Work with members to tackle issues in the workplace
  • Work with members in resolving cases
  • Know where and when to seek advice and guidance
  • Understand how procedures work in practice

Online Health and Safety Stage 1

30 hours over 5 weeks including online sessions on dates below:
12, 19, 26 November, 3 & 10 December – 9.30 am – 4.30pm –

Apply Here

This course is aimed at new Health and Safety Representatives and will cover:

  • The role of the H&S Rep
  • The rights of the H&S rep and health and safety law
  • Responsibilities of the employer
  • Carrying out workplace inspections
  • Understanding Risk Assessment
  • Organising around health and safety issues
  • Raising health and safety issue with the employer



What’s next? All of our offers of learning for UNISON Activists are displayed on our events page. Stewards pathway learning options help to broaden the knowledge and skills of Stewards and Branch Officers after completing their inital Stewards Training . CLICK HERE


2020 saw over 100 new activists trained!

Over 100 new activists have completed trained during the COVID-19 Pandemic …….Zooming into homes across the South West, our regional education team have trained 107 new workplace representatives so far this year………..


Its great so many new volunteers have stepped forward to help organise and strengthen our union.


 Volunteering can be so rewarding. What is a UNISON Steward?

Elected workplace stewards

Workplace stewards are the heart of our trade union. UNISON’s stewards are the reason we win campaigns that result in better lives for our members and all working people. Stewards help to organise your colleagues into an effective, strong and welcoming membership. They:

  • Are the first point of contact for members in a workplace
  • Talk to members about the union
  • Talk to staff about their issues
  • Offer advice on issues at work
  • Represent members in cases (including at disciplinary and grievance hearings).
  • Campaign for better working conditions
  • Recruit and organise new members
  • Encourage more members to get active in UNISON
  • Raise your members’ issues with the branch.

Take a look at other roles you can get more involved in:

Want to know more – Click HERE!