Learning for Members

Each year over 2000 learners take part in some form of learning through UNISON’s member learning offer.  This might be though our annual learning programme or organised more locally by Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

Below you will find the 2020 Education Programme which sets out courses run by the Region and are free to UNISON members.

On this page, you will also find links to details about additional courses organised by branches near you, and information about accessible free online courses provided by other organisations.

You will also find information about bursaries and grants.

A network of Union Learning Reps (ULRs) help promote these courses, and even set up courses where you live. We always need ULRs.  If you are interested please have a look at the video on this page and get in touch.

2020 Education Programme for Members

Our guide to courses and workshops designed to support you at home, at work, in the community and your workplace

Annually, we aim to run our two flagship courses: Return to Learn and Women’s Lives. These courses are FREE to members and run for up to 10 weeks. Click on the brochures to find out more.

Online learning resources

A number of organisations offer learning online. Follow this link to explore what’s available. Online learning resources

Bursaries and Grants

Did you know that UNISON members can apply for Learning Bursaries and Grants?

Follow the link below for more information

 Bursaries and Grants

Learning near You

As well as courses organised by the Region, a number of local branches are working together to provide even more learning opportunities for members.

Follow the link below for more information

Learning near You


Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

ULRs are members who are passionate about learning and want to help others. Watch our video and follow the link below for more information

 Union Learning Reps (ULRs)


Getting more involved with UNISON

Members are encouraged to find out more about becoming more active in UNISON. We offer training to help you feel confident to listen to and understand the concerns of members and represent them in the workplace if they need help.

Have a look at our course guide and Activist page. You may also want to drop into your Branch to speak to an elected officer. Or, you can email your details to us: