UNISON East Midlands Leadership School

To develop the next generation of leaders within the union, UNISON East Midlands is running our second Leadership School.

This training is open to activists with the aspiration to help lead our union, who would welcome the opportunity to develop their skills as part of a dynamic network of activists.

In order to be considered applicants must commit to attending the whole course and must confirm their availability for all dates.

The course outline and dates are listed below.

Introduction to the Leadership School 10am – 2pm Saturday 4 May 2024
(UNISON Regional Centre, Nottingham)
Weekend 1:
Leadership skills
10am Saturday 29 June  –
2pm Sunday 30 June 2024
(venue in region tbc)
Weekend 2:
Public speaking and presentational skills
10am Saturday 28 September  –
2pm Sunday 29 September 2024
(venue in region tbc)
Weekend 3:
Handling the media
10am Saturday 9 November  –
2pm Sunday 10 November 2024
(venue in region tbc)
Leadership School:
Wrap up session
10am – 2pm Saturday 18 January 2025
(UNISON Regional Centre, Nottingham)

Applicants should complete and sign the declaration of interest form below and pass it to their Branch Secretary to countersign (in cases where the Branch Secretary is the applicant, the form should be countersigned by another senior officer of the branch).

Leadership Skills School 2024 2025 Application Form

Given this course will provide access to quality training and development, if applicants secure a place their branch are required to pay a course fee of £500. This is heavily subsided with the majority of course costs met by the region.

Branches will need to meet travel expenses for the course. Applicants will be eligible to claim for dependent care expenses, paid for by the region, in-line with UNISON’s expenses scheme.

The Leadership School candidates will be assessed on the content of their application, with UNISON guidelines on proportionality and fair representation being adhered to.

NOTE: By countersigning the application, branches are agreeing to pay the course fee if the applicant is offered a place on the leadership skills school.

Forms to be returned to j.palmer@unison.co.uk by 12 Noon on 16 April 2024. Successful applicants and their branches will be notified by 19 April.