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.

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 – 2013 Rep induction – 2014
South east 14 November London 5 June London
Midlands 21 November Birmingham 12 June Birmingham
Northern 13 November York 10 June York
North west 6 November Liverpool 4 June Manchester
South west 20 November Exeter 19 June Plymouth
Eastern 7 November Cambridge 18 June Cambridge

Three-stage rep course (cohort 1)

Regions/cohort 1 Workplace rep 1 – 2013 Workplace rep 2 – 2014 Workplace rep 3 – 2014
South east 5 November London 16 January London 13 March London
Midlands 19 November Birmingham 22 January Birmingham 18 March Birmingham
Northern 19 November York 23 January York 19 March York
North west 12 November Manchester 15 January Manchester 12 March Manchester
South west 5 November Portsmouth 28 January Portsmouth 26 March Portsmouth
Eastern 5 December Cambridge 30 January Cambridge 11 March Cambridge

Three-stage rep course (cohort 2)

Regions/cohort 2 Workplace rep 1 – 2014 Workplace rep 2 – 2014 Workplace rep 3 – 2014
South east 4 February London 14 May London 15 July London
Midlands 11 February Birmingham 21 May Birmingham 8 July Birmingham
Northern 6 February Newcastle 22 May Newcastle 2 July Newcastle
North west 12 February Liverpool 20 May Liverpool 9 July Liverpool
South west 5 February Exeter 15 May Exeter 1 July Exeter
Eastern 25 February Cambridge 13 May Cambridge 3 July Cambridge

Health and safety rep courses

Regions Health & safety induction – 2014 Stage 1 – 2014 Stage 2 – 2014
South east 25 February London 14 May London 03 June London
Northern 20 March York 4 June York 21 May York

Union learning rep courses

Regions ULR course – 2014
South east 7 March London
Midlands 24 June Birmingham

Sector or role specific courses

Regions Independent – 2014 FE – 2013/2014
South east 8 March London 27 November London
Midlands/north west 17 May Birmingham 9 July Manchester

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