UNISON South West Leadership Programme 2022

21 March – 11 July 2022


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This course runs over 4 class-based modules of one day each, plus an online meeting for networking and discussing issues.  

This programme is aimed at stewards and activists who are taking a lead role in their branch, area or workplace.

It will help you develop leadership skills within the branch, prepare you to become a branch officer in the future and help you to organise more effectively in your workplace.  

It will cover:  

  • The role of leaders in the UNISON branch 
  • How to build an effective UNISON team 
  • Strategic recruitment  
  • Developing new activists 
  • Campaigning 
  • Communications and using social media effectively   
  • Having difficult conversations 
  • Building an effective branch.  

The programme includes class-based activities, a task to complete between modules, and you will be asked to complete a project based on your workplace/branch to be presented on the last Module.  

The tutor will also be available for one-to-one tutorials for the duration of the programme.  

 It is planned that the modules will be delivered face to face, however if the Covid situation has not improved by the start of the course, we may consider switching the modules to an online format – but will give you notice if this is the case.


Module 1 – Introductory Session/Tools of leadership 

21 March  

9.30am – 4.30pm 

ONLINE Action Learning Set 1 

4 April 

9.30am – 11.30am 

Module 2 – Effective Campaigning/Equality and Leadership 

28 April 


ONLINE Action Learning Set 2 

13 May 

9.30am – 11.30am 

Module 3 – Building an Effective union 

8 June 

9.30am – 4.30pm 

ONLINE Action Learning Set 3 

22 June 

9.30am – 11.30am 

Module 4 – Project Presentations and Next Steps 

11 July 

9.30am – 3.30pm 

Venue: to be confirmed 




You should make your Branch aware that you are attending this course in order for them to keep their records up to date and ensure you receive up to date information relevant to your role. If you are in need of support to request time off from your work to attend please talk to the branch to gain support.

You may have a local policy to support with gaining reasonable time off to attend training from your employer. There is also guidance via ACAS – Time off advice

If you have any questions about the course please do not hesitate to get in contact with us

Email: SW Education Enquiries