Residential / Online Education & Training Programme 2022

Residential / Online Education & Training Programme 2022

The purpose of this LTB is to advise Branches that the NEC has endorsed a programme of courses for 2022.

Residential Programme
Arrangements have been made for our residential training programme to be delivered at The Elstead Hotel, 12-14 Knyveton Road, Bournemouth BH1 3QP.
Representative’s accommodation costs on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis will be met centrally.

Branches are responsible for student travel and any other appropriate expenses.
National Residential Programme – Venue: The Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3QP
National Residential Programme – Venue: The Elstead Hotel, Bournemouth BH1 3QPDateCourseCut-off Date for applicationsJan 19th – 21stPublic Speaking28th NovJan 24th – 28thOccupational Health & Safety week 15th DecJan 31st – 4th FebEmployment Law  week 112th DecFeb 7th – 11thEqual Rights Part 119th DecFeb 14th – 18thEssential Skills Part 119th DecFeb 21st – 25thPostal Agreements & Procedures19th DecFeb 28th – 4th MarIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 19th JanMar 7th – 11thAdvanced Skills 216th JanMar 14th – 18thOccupational Health week 223rd JanMar 21st – 25thEmployment Law  week 230th JanMar 29th – 31stChairing Meetings6th FebApr 4th – 8thEssential Skills Part 213th FebApr 12th – 14thWomen’s Leadership20th FebApr 19th – 21stNeurodiversity27th FebApr 18th – 22ndIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 227th FebApr 25th – 29thNo course, CWU ConferenceMay 4th – 6thMental Health Awareness13th MarMay 9th – 13thBranch Secretaries (new course)20th MarMay 16th – 20thEssential Skills Part 127th MarMay 17th – 19thBAME Leadership Part 127th  MarMay 17th – 19thInternational Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)27th MarMay 23rd – 27thOccupational Health & Safety week 33rd AprJune 6th – 10thEmployment Law week 315th AprJune 6th – 10thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 115th AprJune 13th – 17thUnion Learning Reps Part 122nd AprJune 27th – 1st JulyEqual Rights Part 26th MaySept 5th – 9thPostal Agreements & Procedures16th JulSept 13th – 15thPublic Speaking23rd JulSept 19th – 23rdAdvanced Skills Part 129th JulSept 27th – 29thBAME Leadership Part 26th AugOct 3rd – 7thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 113th AugOct 10th – 14thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 220th AugOct 10th – 14thEssential Skills Part 220th AugOct 17th – 21stPostal Agreements & Procedures27th AugOct 24th – 28thOccupational Health & Safety week  43rd SepOct 31st – 4th NovEmployment Law week 410th SepNov 7th – 11thAdvanced Skills Part 217th SepNov 15th – 17thMental Health Awareness24th SepNov 21st – 25thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 21st OctNov 28th – 30thWomen’s Leadership8th Oct


Online Programme

Given that this method of delivery during the pandemic has been extremely well received, we have arranged to offer a smaller programme of online education enabling students to access courses using this method.

We have purposely matched dates of these with the residential programme to allow potential to pilot a “hybrid” approach where students can “stream” in to a live classroom situation.Online course schedule  – Provider to be advised on applicationDateCourseCut-off Date for applicationsFeb 7th – 11thEqual Rights Part 119th DecFeb 14th – 18thEssential Skills Part 119th DecFeb 21st – 25thPostal Agreements & Procedures19th DecFeb 28th – 4th MarIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 19th JanMar 29th– 31stChairing Meetings6th FebApr 4th – 8thEssential Part 213th FebApr 12th – 14thWomen’s Leadership20th FebApr 18th – 22ndIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 227th FebMay 16th – 20thEssential Skills Part 127th MarMay 17th – 19thInternational Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)27th MarJune 6th – 10thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 115th AprJune 13th – 17thUnion Learning Reps Part 122nd AprJune 27th – 1st JulyEqual Rights Part 26th MaySept 5th – 9thPostal Agreements & Procedures16th JulOct 3rd – 7thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 113th AugOct 10th – 14thEssential Skills Part 220th AugOct 10th – 14thIntermediate Health & Safety Part 220th AugOct 17th – 21stPostal Agreements & Procedure27th AugNov 15th – 17thMental Health Awareness24th SepNov 21st  – 25thIntroduction to Health & Safety Part 21st OctNov 28th – 30thWomen’s Leadership8th Oct


IT, Infrastructure and learning differences

Having tested online delivery of samples on 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 or 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 representative encounters 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 Dept. 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. 

CWU Regional / Local Programme
Branches are aware that historically we also supplement our residential and online programmes by “on demand” courses where local CWU Branches / Regions can request courses be delivered locally.

Branches can request courses to be delivered using this model by emailing courseadmin@cwu.org in the first instance.

Student numbers
Successive funding cuts continue to be a factor in our discussions with our various providers. It is therefore necessary to be clear at the outset that minimum student numbers will need to be strictly adhered to. There will be an expectation that 14 students will be confirmed as attending local courses at least 6 weeks in
advance of the course to allow it to run.

Interim Application Process
Due to unforeseen circumstances the OLS course application process is not in use at present. Branch Secretaries should email applications to courseadmin@cwu.org containing the following:

 Name of Officer/Representative
 Membership number
 Email
 Name of course
 Date of course

Where applications are being made for both residential and online versions of the same course, Branch Secretaries should indicate the preference order by stating:

Choice A and Choice B

As previously, all applicants MUST be registered on the OLS as a Role holder or applications will not be able to be processed.

We hope to restore the OLS application process as soon as possible and will keep Branches informed accordingly.

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 462 – Residential Online Education & Training Programme 2022

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