Workplace Representatives and Branch Officers

Below you will find information about learning resources and links to online training courses for Workplace Reps and Branch Officers. Each of the buttons below will take you to planned training for the coming year

Please also read Guidance for Applicants and Branches

Branch Officers

Stewards (new and untrained)

Stewards (ERA Re-accreditation)

Health and Safety Reps

Follow-on Training for Reps


Union Learning Reps


December – Regional
Intro to Employment Law – 4 & 6 December
Organising Steward (Online) – 4,5,6,11,12 Dec

Our UNISON websites also provide links to a variety of other online learning opportunities for both activists and members. These include advice and guidance about keeping safe at work during the current Coronavirus  pandemic. These can be accessed as follows:

UNISON Learning online

There are also UNISON online learning modules (‘e-notes’) available via the following link:

UNISON e-learning

The TUC offer online learning for activists in the form of e-notes covering a wide range of topics and these can be accessed here:

TUC enotes

We are keeping our web pages up to date and these are other useful sources of course information: along with Facebook: ‘UNISON East Midlands Education & Training’ and Twitter:

The LMD Team are happy to help with any education queries you may receive, so please direct any queries to

E-Learning for UNISON Activists

Online learning resources for UNISON members who want to get more involved in roles such as:

  • Steward (workplace representative)
  • Learning Representatives
  • Branch Welfare Officer
  • Branch Treasurer

Keep up to date with new developments and best practice for UNISON Activists

  • Dyslexia
  • Menopause
  • Apprenticeships
  • Data Protection and the GDPR
  • …and more!


The Covid-19 pandemic has raised the profile of the Health & Safety Rep role, which is proving vital in helping to ensure workplaces are safe. Please click the following links to for online learning resources for UNISON Health and Safety Reps:

Virtual learning for health and safety reps during the coronavirus outbreak

Working safely


UNISON has produced a range of new health and safety advice and guidance for activists and members, whether they’ve been working throughout the pandemic or are returning to work now:

How to work safely – leaflet for members

Are you at risk? Risk assessment leaflet for members

Bargaining for workplace practices during the easing of the lockdown

COVID-19 risk assessment checklist for safety reps

UNISON guidance on personal protective equipment (PPE)

Social distancing and hygiene in the workplace
Coronavirus guidance for health and safety reps

Already on a course? If you are an existing course delegate your tutor may ask you to look at background material which can be found here

Background materials

Please complete the form below to apply for Activist courses

Please note that the information you provide will be used to verify your membership and book you on to courses. Details will only be shared with the course tutor and data from this form will be deleted within 1 year.  We will contact your branch requesting their approval for you to attend this course.  Your name and course details will also be shared with your branch to update training records and where necessary for the invoicing of course fees. Once the course closing date is reached, we will be in touch via email to confirm whether you have a place