Learning for Members

Each year 2000+ East Midlands members take part in some form of learning through UNISON.  This might be though our annual learning programme or organised more locally by Union Learning Reps (ULRs)

Below is a wide variety of courses which aims to support members’ future careers and their personal development.

UNISON East Midlands Online courses

See details below for current course dates – courses are added regularly so please keep checking for new releases:

Deaf Awareness and Intro to British Sign Language – 7 July – course code 0064

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Microsoft Excel Improvers – Online Course
Thursday 8 and Thursday 15 July 2021

10am to 1pm each day (you will need to attend both sessions)
Course code: 0046

Aimed at: UNISON workplace reps and branch officers but also available to UNISON members. If you are already using Excel and would like to explore this versatile program further, this course will cover some of Excel’s more advanced features which will help you to produce more efficient and productive Excel workbooks. The topics covered include:
• Conditional formatting
• An introduction to using IF statements
• Creating a VLookup table
• Linking workbooks
• Using and creating complex formulas

IMPORTANT: To attend this course, you should ideally have completed the Make the Most of Microsoft Excel course or similar, or have equivalent experience. The course is only suitable for those who can already create, open, save, format and print an Excel worksheet and are able to use simple formulas (e.g. A2+A3*C7) and the SUM function.
You also need to be familiar with accessing the Internet and popular web browsers.
The course will be led by an experienced IT tutor and will be run online via Zoom. You will need a computer with keyboard and mouse, along with access to the Internet.
HOW TO APPLY – See below

To apply for courses simply send an email to the Regional Learning & Member Team – LMD@unison.co.uk stating:

Your Name
Membership number (or home address including postcode)
Name of the course or Course Code
Course Date
Details of any facilitation needs
An email address and contact number to be shared with the course provider

We are currently only advertising upcoming courses but you can see from our 2020 programme the range of courses and workshops previously offered that are designed to support you at home, at work, in the community and your workplace.

2020 Education Programme for Members


FREE courses organised by Union Learning Reps (ULRs) for UNISON members

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

What is a ULR?

For details of courses available for members in each county that have been organised by ULRs follow this link

FREE courses organised by ULRs

Our UNISON national office also organise a wide range of FREE courses. Explore here:

FREE courses organised by UNISON nationally

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 Workplace Rep and Branch Officer training page. You may also want to drop into your Branch to speak to an elected officer. Or, you can email your details to us: MakeADifference@unison.co.uk

East Midlands Member Learning Survey 2020

Each year we survey our members to find out about their training needs. This helps inform what we run in future. To see an overview of what we found click the link below.

2020 Learning Survey

NEW – 300 Members take the Maths and English Skills Challenge

The region is celebrating helping 300 members take the skills challenge to test their Maths and English skills with 150 signing up for online Functional Skills courses.

Find out more

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.