Member Learning

Mock up of how the Education Programme for 2024 would look on a mobile device. Held in someones hands.

FREE UNISON Member Learning

Learning is FREE for members and support for time off can be arranged for you to attend. Lunch is provided at our in person learning , with mileage and expenses including train or fuel allowance to ensure you can attend and not be out of pocket.

South West Education Programme

There’s two ways to find out what’s coming up, you can browse our courses online or download a copy of this year’s South West Education programme to pin up on notice boards, circulate to members in your workplace or just to have a jolly good nose at what we’ve got coming up.

2024 Member Learning Programme ONLY

2024 Education Programme

Browse our Education courses online

We encourage members to speak with their local branch – Branch Finder

Get more involved and share the news about UNISON and our fantastic learning offers

A learning rep promotes lifelong learning and workplace development. Be part of a network that can encourage members to learn with UNISON. Training provided and negotiated time off.

Let us know if you are interest in helping share the news about learning

Call or text “ULR” to 07432688376 to find out more!

Becoming active in your workplace – as mentioned in our video below you can become a volunteer in your workplace to help us spread the word about union learning. You can give as much or as little time as you wish. This role is the UNISON Learning Rep ( ULR). Training is available and you can be part of a great network in the region. Click the link below for more information
If you would like any further information of any questions about our regional education course options please email us:

Equality & Engagement Team South West   


Member Learning SW

  • What happens if I need to cancel my place on an e-leaning course?

    Due to our members learning courses being in high demand, with waiting lists if we exceed numbers, we ask that you notify us as a matter of urgency to enable us to be able to offer the place to others who may be on the waiting list.

  • Am I entitled to time off to attend a course?

    Yes, you should approach your line manager to arrange time off in the same way you would for other training and annual leave. We hope that Line Managers and employers see the benefit for you attending our UNISON Learning offer.

    The right to time off in workplaces where the UNISON is recognised can on occasions create less barriers to members who want to attend learning offered by UNISON. Trade union workplace representatives have a right to paid time off for the purpose of carrying out their trade union duties or to take part in union training. Where there isn’t a recognition agreement or facility time agreement, reps should seek advice from their branch in the first instance in regards to time off for training.

    By registering to this course using the booking button please ensure you have the time off to attend. Support for requesting time off can be offered.

  • What are our courses like?

    Our courses are friendly and informal. Our training is aimed at making learning a fun rather than a daunting experience. Everyone’s views and experiences are listened to. You will not be lectured at and given every opportunity to participate and there is no exam at the end unlike school or college. We have guidance on this under our Working Together guidelines.

    Download our Working Together guidelines

  • What should I consider before joining an online course?

    If possible, you should find a quiet space to complete the course either at work or at home.

    To access all of our e-learning courses, you will need a tablet or computer. If you are using your employer’s IT equipment, then make sure you have permission to use it for a trade union course. Most facility agreements allow you to use employer equipment, but check with your branch if you are unsure.

    Check the event listing for the platform that we’ll be using and ensure that you have access to use Zoom or Microsoft Teams.