Training for reps

ATL provides a whole range of accredited training courses for new and existing reps. Click through the links below for more information about each course, including course dates and how to book a place.

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For an overview of what's on offer, see the ATL's guide for reps.

Being a rep

As an ATL rep, you were recently surveyed to explore the training opportunities you would like and how best to access them. A clear preference emerged for attending one-day regional events on topics such as helping colleagues in the workplace and tackling workplaces issues, as well as networking with other reps and finding out more about what you could do in your role.

Accordingly, we are going to be holding one-day reps' training events in your region during each term. The first course you should attend is ATL's workplace reps one-day induction course. You should then sign up for ATL's new three-stage course for reps

Your travel, subsistence and accommodation (if required) would be paid for by ATL.

Being a health and safety rep

This accredited course in health and safety deals with issues as varied as stress and bullying in the workplace to asbestos removal and risk assessment. It will help you identify the functions of a union safety rep, the legal provisions available to you, and how to consult with ATL members on hazards in the workplace.

The course is divided into three modules, the completion of which will lead to TUC stage 1 accreditation in health and safety. For more, see the health and safety training section of our website.

Being a union learning rep

This course covers the role of the union learning representative, working with staff and members around their access to and provision of union learning, the tools and skills needed to be a ULR. For more information, see the ULR training section of our website.

Other training

If you are already trained as a workplace rep, ULR or health and safety rep, we also have courses available to enable you to refresh and further develop your skills, eg negotiating skills and presentation skills, amongst others. Check out the training section of our website (accessible from the home page) or download the training brochure in the 'see also' list on the right for more on how ATL can help you progress in your role.

Time off for training

School and college representatives, including health and safety and union learning representatives, have a statutory entitlement to time off with pay, during working hours, for training related to the role.

To help you secure both time off and financial support from your employer, we have produced guidance on your rights to time off, how to request training from your employer and your rights if your request is refused.

If you encounter any problems securing paid time off, please contact the training team at ATL.

Training courses at a glance

Rep induction

Regions Rep induction – 2014 Rep induction – 2015
South east 6 November
London 11 June London
West Midlands 22 October (full day) / 12 November (half day)
Birmingham 24 June
East Midlands 23 October (half day)
- - -
Northern - - 19 March
Northern - - 3 July York
North west 6 November Manchester 2 June Liverpool
South west 6 November Salisbury 11 June 2015 Bath (Half day)
South west -
16 June 2015 Exeter (Half day)
Eastern 15 October Cambridge 9 February / 24 June Cambridge

Three-stage rep course

Regions/cohort 1 Workplace rep stage 1
Workplace rep stage 2
Workplace rep stage 3
South east 5 February 2015
London 21 May 2015
London 16 July 2015
Midlands 6 February 2014
Birmingham 24 April 2015
Birmingham 11 June 2015
Northern 13 November 2014
York 12 March 2015
York 25 June 2015
North west 27 November 2014
Manchester 3 February 2015
Manchester 29 April 2015
South west
26 November 2014
Taunton 29 January 2015
Taunton 25 March 2015
South west
12 May 2015
Salisbury -
21 January 2015
Cambridge 11 March 2015
Cambridge 30 June 2015

Health and safety rep courses

Regions Health & safety induction – 2014 Stage 1 – 2014 Stage 2 – 2015
South east 9 December
London 24 March
London 6 May
Northern 11 Feb
York 13 May
York 9 June

Union learning rep courses

Regions ULR course – 2015
North west Manchester 18 March 2015
South east London 4 May 2015

Learning in your region

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