Reps from across Community’s sectors, including steel, justice and logistics, attended the union’s latest five-day reps training course last week.
Attendees learnt how to support their members during disciplinary and grievance hearings, organise in the workplace and negotiate for collective bargaining.
Carol Ruffet, a rep from Johnson Matthey, said:
“I’ve really enjoyed the training and feel more confident about supporting members when I get back to work.”
Jon Grange, who works in logistics, said: “The tutors engaged us around Community’s values which has given me the skills and confidence to organise and support our members.”
Community’s reps training is delivered by the union’s own education officers who have front line experience of representing and organising members. Training is ongoing and development continues back in the workplace with individual learning plans and further training opportunities offered to participants.
Tiffany Gillies, Head of Education said:
“In the past year we have trained and up-skilled almost 300 reps which is a significant increase on previous years. Our education programme offers training sessions where reps from different workplaces can come together and build networks. Our online training and regional seminars mean that everyone can access training to suits their education needs.”
Community is running reps training throughout the year and this is combined with new regional seminars, offering reps and activists the opportunity to access training in a way that best suits them.
The training took place at the General Federation of Trade Unions’ Quorn Grange facility in Leicestershire. Courses are scheduled throughout the year as part of Community’s reps training programme.
We are always looking for members to get active in Community and we also have an introductory reps course to help people start their journey as a rep. Not a rep yet but want to get involved? Click here to let our team know.