Union Learning Representative

As a Community Union Learning Representative, you will support members with their learning and development.  

We believe all workers should have access to training and development opportunities and as a Union Learning Representative you would play a huge part in influencing, supporting, and developing learning within the workplace.  

Responsibilities of a Community Union Learning Representative include: 

  • Supporting members in learning, development, and upskilling. 
  • Acting as a trusted person who members can ask questions and confidently discuss learning needs.  
  • Raising awareness of the value of learning and development. 
  • Liaising with the regional team and management to secure learning opportunities for members. 


Community would never expect you to undertake this role without proper training. To ensure you are confident in your role as a Union Learning Representative, our team offer in-person and virtual training on various topics to support you in your role. This includes, but is not limited to, your role and responsibilities, engaging with management and learning in the wider community, mapping, negotiating, and implementing learning opportunities, presenting skills, where you sit in the branch structure and more. 

If Community is recognised in your workplace, your workplace should offer facility time to cover your time training.

Visit our events calendar to register for upcoming training. 

As a Representative, you also get access to our RepCentre – a central hub for all the resources and information you need as a Community Union Learning Representative.  

We recommend you take full advantage of our Representative training opportunities. If you have any queries, please contact us.

Your rights as a Union Learning Representative 

As a Union Learning Representative, you have rights under the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS). This includes the right to paid time-off to train as a Union Learning Representative (this must be union-approved, and your employer must be notified). Your rights also include reasonable time off to perform your duties and protection against unfair dismissal on the grounds of your activity as a Representative.  

Interested in becoming a Union Learning Representative? 

Speak to your local Representative on site if you have one, and they’ll be able to explain what opportunities are available. If you don’t have a Representative on site or want further information, contact your regional team.  

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