Activist Training Programme

Important Notice

During the Coronavirus Pandemic, our classroom based Activist Training has been suspended.

The courses below will run in virtual classrooms using Microsoft Teams. To register for any of the courses, please email Kim Scott at

UNISON North West has put together a comprehensive training package for newly elected and more experienced UNISON activists alongside courses open to all members.  The courses are designed to develop and enhance activist’s skills so they can be effective representatives in the workplace.

If you require any additional information, please Contact Us.

The Next Chapter of UNISON Learning

An interactive online vent to hear from our new General Secretary’s vision for the future of UNISON learning for activists and members.

  • 17 March 2021 – 10.00am – 1.00pm

Risk Assessments

An overview of Risk Assessments covering employers’ legal obligations and ensuring they are carried out correctly.

  • 8 March 2021 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • 15 March 2021 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Mental Health Awareness

How to identify and support members with Mental Health issues.

  • 17 March 2021 – 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Health & Safety Inspections

An overview for Health & Safety Representatives on carrying out successful Health & Safety Inspections within your workplace.

  •  9 March 2021 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm
  • 16 March 2021 – 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Organising Steward (6 Days)

These courses are run in virtual classrooms, so you will need to book whole days with your employer and are an essential course for New Stewards to gain ERA accreditation.

This course starts at 9:30am and finishes at 4:30pm

  • Tuesdays – 20, 27 April, 4, 11, 18, 25 May
  • Fridays – 23, 30 April, 7, 14, 21, 28 May
  • Mondays – 7, 14, 21, 28 June, 5, 12 July
  • Fridays – 11, 18, 25 June, 2, 9, 6 July  

ERA Refresher

A 1 day course for Employment Relations Act (ERA) accredited Activists who require re-validation after 5 years.

  • 24 March 2021

There are a number of useful online resources for Activists and Members who are considering becoming more active

The Organising Space is a secure and safe online resource developed to support our activist and organising communities. It aims to support building relationships, sharing knowledge, learning and experiences.

The space allows us to share content, have discussions, ask experts and seek support from our peers.

The Organising Space encourages the sharing of content that is innovative, creative, flexible, interactive and dynamic.

To access UNISON’s Organising Space you need to have a My UNISON login.  If you do not have one, you can sign up at

The UNISON Shop is an online resource where Members and Activists can order, or download and print or share, publicity materials including Application Forms, Posters and UNISON Guides on hundreds of employment issues such as Bullying & Harassment, Health & Safety, Equality & Discrimination, TUPE Transfers and Recruiting, Representing & Organising.

TUC Education eNotes modules are great resources to help reps keep up to date on key workplace issues. You will find short bite-sized modules (eNotes) and longer eLearning courses. Each eNote is a self-contained module that contains a mixture of text, video and quizzes and last between 20 and 45 minutes and can be returned to as many times as you like.

TUC Webinars are a valuable training tool for trade union representatives and members, on issues like Mental Health, Health & Safety, Young Workers and Zero Hour Contracts and can be accessed on your computer, tablet or smart phone.