Core Reps Programme: September – December 2021

Core Reps Programme: September – December 2021

Introduction
Please be advised of our next schedule of reps and activists courses for the period September – December 2021.  The courses will be delivered by our Further Education Providers using various online platforms.

Background
The CWU is committed to providing high quality, comprehensive and accessible training (core) programmes for all representatives and activists as well as lifelong learning for members.  

The venues or ways in which these can be delivered are:

  • Residentially (where students attend a venue and remain onsite for the duration of the course)
  • Locally (where students attend on a daily basis at a venue closer to where they live e.g. a CWU owned Learning Centre; an employers’ premises; an FE providers premises or privately owned property e.g. hotel/community centre
  • Virtually (Google Classroom; Teams; Zoom)

Rationale
The decision to continue with online (virtual) delivery for the first quarter of the Academic Year (September – December 2021) has not been taken lightly and does not erode the commitment previously given to provide residential education in the future.

There are a number of factors that have informed our decision.  These include:

  • Our partner FE providers resource limitations post pandemic and a duty of care to risk assess venues where they have tutors delivering courses
  • Government guidance that further lifting of restrictions is still under review with potential for further delays to restriction lifting, localised lock-downs and travel constraints
  • Sister trade unions where tutors are organised advising that their preference is to proceed cautiously regarding classroom courses
  • Continuing advice that if it is possible to work from home, to do so

All of the above is under continual review and we are in regular dialogue with FE partners.

IMPORTANT – MANDATORY FAIR & EQUAL COURSE

The mandatory “Fair & Equal in the CWU” Course includes a pre-course element of activities which reps MUST have concluded successfully before attending the scheduled part of the course.  

If the pre-course activity is not completed, the representative will be advised that they are unable to proceed to the full day tutor led course.

Courses in EnglandDate 2021CourseCut-off dateSept 13th – 17thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 131st JulySept 20th – 24thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 131st JulySept 27th – Oct 1stEssential Skills Part 17th AugOct 4th – 8thPostal Agreements & Procedures14th AugOct 6thFair & Equal in the CWU14th AugOct 11th – 15thEqual Rights Part 221st AugOct 18th – 20thMental Health Awareness28th AugOct 25th – 29thUnion Learning Reps Part 24th SeptNov 1st – 5thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 211th SeptNov 8th – 12thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 218th SeptNov 15th – 19thEssential Skills Part 225th SeptNov 24thFair & Equal in the CWU2nd Oct

Courses in Northern IrelandDateCourseCut-off dateSept 20th – 24thEssential Skills Part 131st JulySept 27th – 1stPostal Agreements & Procedures7th AugOct 6th – 7thFair & Equal in the CWU (2 DAYS)14th AugOct 11th – 15thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 121st AugOct 25th – 29thUnion Learning Reps Part 14th SeptNov 9th – 11thMental Health Awareness18th SeptNov 22nd – 26thEssential Skills Part 22nd OctNov 24th – 25thFair & Equal in the CWU (2 DAYS)2nd Oct

Courses in ScotlandDateCourseCut-off dateAug 30th – Sept 3rdEssential Skills Part 2 (Rescheduled)17th JulySept 6th – 10thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 124th JulySept 13th – 17thEssential Skills Part 124th JulyOct 6thFair & Equal in the CWU14th AugOct 18th – 20thMental Health Awareness28th AugOct 25th – 29thUnion Learning Reps Part 14th SeptNov 8th – 12thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 218th SeptNov 15th – 19thPostal Agreements & Procedures25th SeptNov 22nd – 26thEssential Skills Part 22nd OctNov 22ndFair & Equal in the CWU2nd Oct

Courses in WalesDateCourseCut-off dateSept 20th – 24thEssential Skills Part 131st JulySept 27th – 1stPostal Agreements & Procedures7th AugOct 6thFair & Equal in the CWU14th AugOct 11th – 15thIntroduction Health & Safety Part 121st AugOct 25th – 29thUnion Learning Reps Part 14th SeptNov 8th – 10thMental Health Awareness18th SeptNov 22nd – 26thEssential Skills Part 22nd OctNov 24thFair & Equal in the CWU2nd Oct

Application Process

Authorised applications must be received by the cut-off dates. 

Please see attached a video guide for Branch Secretaries on how to apply for courses.

IT, Infrastructure and learning differences

Having tested online delivery of samples of both accredited and unaccredited courses, it is crucial that the student is set up appropriately and in good time before the training commences.

The learner must preferably have access to a good PC / laptop.  Tablets can be used but have some limitation in our experience.  Attending training courses using a mobile phone will not be allowed.

There must be a stable internet connection from the learning is taking place.

Colleges will also be in contact before the course to advise of any additional requirements.

We would appreciate Branches / ULRs assistance in ensuring any applicants are prepared in line with the above points.  If any reps encounter difficulties getting set up with IT equipment in preparation for course attendance, please advise their Branch Secretary, Union Learning Rep or the Equality, Education & Development as soon as possible.

Additionally, upon application; please ensure that we are aware in good time of any adjustments that may need to be arranged such as issues relating to dyslexia or sight / hearing differences.

Release & Notice

Paid release should normally apply where the union is recognised and / or in line with any existing agreements.

Please forward any enquiries relating to this LTB to courseadmin@cwu.org in the first instance.

Yours sincerely,

Kate Hudson
Head of Equality, Education & Development

21LTB 260 – Core Reps Programme September – December 2021

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