Union Learning Reps

Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

ULRs are members who are passionate about learning and want to help others.  Their role can be summed up as:

  • Promoting Learning – advertising courses and making people aware
  • Supporting people – helping overcome barriers that stop them taking up learning
  • Identify needs – finding out what people want to learn
  • Organise their own courses – short workshops, book swaps or courses
  • Work with employers to support learning

ULRs should get paid time-off to train and do their duties.  See the video below to hear about the experiences of members who attended a recent ULR conference and how their role supports members to access learning opportunities. Please contact us to find out more.

Have a look at these videos of ULRs talking about what they do. This one is taken from a national conference for ULRs:

This is a series of videos from East Midlands ULRs, currently in Lockdown, explaining what they’ve done:

ULRs come together from different branches across the counties to put on extra courses. Have a look at the courses they have organised.

Union Learning Rep (ULR) Training dates:

To become a ULR there are two steps:

  • Contact your branch to get yourself ‘nominated’.  This is the official bit and is needed to get your paid time-off
  • Complete the course application form (see Resources, below) send it back to your branch.

To find out how to contact your branch call UNISON direct on 08000 857 857 You can find helpful information about time-off for trade union duties and activities here:  ACAS Code of Practice

For further details please contact: Gavin McCann  g.mccann@unison.co.uk

0115 8475446

Location Course Code Course Dates

(closing date 10 July)

 02-20-0114 Online course (9-10hrs)  plus four workshops on dates between: 23 July to 30th October
Leicester (closing date 03 Sept) 02-20-0031 Classroom based subject to COVID-19 sutiation

1, 8, & 15 October 2020

More dates in our CORE Education Programme 

Already a ULR? Want to progress? Stage Two courses available, plus the Branch Lifelong Learning Coordinator role. See below.