East Midlands Gas Branch – UNISON College opportunities

In the past the Branch has helped organise excel training for members which proved to be very popular and we believe that many members will now want to take advantage of the extensive range of courses which are on offer. Whether it’s for enhancing your career or for your own personal development, there’s much from which to choose.


The event takes place on Friday 24th February 2023 via Microsoft TEAMs at:

10am to 10.30am | Click here to join the meeting

12.00 noon to 12.30pm | Click here to join the meeting

2.00pm – 2.30pm | Click here to join the meeting

Can my friend/colleague who is a non-member attend the meeting?

Clearly to be able to get the benefits of UNISON College, they will need to be a member and that’s only proper. However, we do welcome non-members to the event in the hope that they will join UNISON. So please pass on this invitation to anyone who might be interested.

How can they join the union ?

Non-members can join via https://joining.unison.org.uk/join-unison-today/

Or by contacting Nevil our Branch Secretary at: nevil.fanibanda@britishgas.co.uk


Free courses and Learning support for UNISON members

Did you know that:

  • In 2022 UNISON supported over 2000 learners across the East Midlands?
  • In 2022 UNISON provided £10,000 in learning grants to members in the East Midlands?

Despite this too many members aren’t aware of how UNISON can support their development.  The courses are all free and varied and can help with your progress at work, build your confidence, gain new skills or take you in a whole new direction.

The Skills Academy – https://learning.unison.org.uk/skills-academy/

As a UNISON member you can access all The Skills Academy’s 600+ online courses.  You complete them in your own time and can do as many as you like.  They are all ‘CPD’ accredited so you can download your certificate to demonstrate your learning.  Courses vary between 20 minutes and 20 hours.

Just a few of the courses:

  • Learning Disabilities Certification
  • Microsoft Excel for Beginners
  • Food Safety Level 1, 2 & 3
  • British Sign Language Certification
  • Basic Maths
  • Admin, PA and Secretarial Certification
  • Counselling Certification

Learning Grants – https://learning.unison.org.uk/financial-support

UNISON members can apply for funding to help with courses they are paying for themselves.  There is extra support for members studying with The Open University.  In 2022 members across the East Midlands were awarded a total of £10,000.

UNISON East Midlands regional member learning programme – https://eastmidlands.unison.org.uk/members/

The 2023 Winter/Spring programme is now available for applications.  20 courses are planned between February and July and all are delivered by a tutor via Zoom or Teams.  Courses include:

–      Team Member to Team Leader – The Aspiring Manager

–      Deaf Awareness & Sign Language

–      ADHD Awareness

–      Neurodiversity Understood

We need you!

To find out more please visit our regional ULR Webpage https://eastmidlands.unison.org.uk/learning-reps/  or get in touch with nevil.fanibanda@britishgas.co.uk

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