How to Express an Interest in a Course and Apply

Member Learning:

Most of our courses are advertised with dates. You can find courses that we are running in our Course Calendar.

We do advertise some course without dates. Where there are no dates set this means we are collecting names on a waiting list so that we can gauge demand before we advertise the course proper.

To EXPRESS an INTEREST in any of our courses go to the course calendar and click on the title – you’ll then be asked to fill out a short form and when you click submit an email will be sent to North West Learning and Organising and one of us will respond to you shortly after with an application form. We will ask you to return the form to us, once we have your form we can reserve your place. We will then let your branch know you are attending the course and send out Joining Instructions to you about the course venue, time and refreshments.

Activist Learning: 

For most courses your branch will need to authorise your application - we will send the application to you asking you  to consult your Branch Mentor or  Branch Education Coordinator  to help you complete and return the paperwork.

Once a completed application is received in the Regional Learning and Organising unit an acknowledgement is sent to the applicant. Around two weeks prior to the course start date the applicant is sent joining instructions including:

  • Pre-course work
    • A map and directions to the venue
    • Session timings
    • Guidance about what to do if you cannot attend

At the course you will be given a course attendance certificate for your portfolio and for your branch to take a copy when you claim travelling expenses.

Funding course places:
Branches should allocate sufficient funds to ensure all applicants can attend appropriate UNISON learning events. It is the branch and not the individual applicant who is responsible for the payment of course registration fees and travelling expenses. Unless otherwise stated the course registration fees include all refreshments – usually mid morning and mid afternoon beverages and lunch. Branches are invoiced after the course for registration fees. Travelling expenses are paid by the Branch.

For member learning there is no cost to the branch for a member attending(or cancelling), branches are expected to pay members travelling expenses to and from the course.

Non–attendance at Activist courses:
From time to time a small minority of applicants do not turn up for the course and do not inform the Regional Learning and Organising unit beforehand. Because of the disruption caused by this practice, the region will charge branches for all applicants with a confirmed place on the course, unless we receive written notification that the applicant has withdrawn, five working days prior to the course start date. In the case of genuine emergencies where it is not possible to give five days notice the Regional Learning and Organising unit should be contacted without delay, leaving a message on 0161 661 6751 or email [email protected] followed by a confirmation letter from the branch within seven days of the course start date.

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