Training for reps
ATL provides a whole range of training courses for new and existing reps. All courses take place in a friendly and supportive environment and are designed to equip you with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be an effective rep.
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ATL will meet all reasonable travelling and subsistence costs incurred in attending rep's courses, including overnight accommodation if necessary.
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 workplace rep
These courses cover the role of the rep, your rights, building the union, handling casework and negotiating skills, as well as providing you with an opportunity to meet other reps in your region and discuss local issues.
- Induction: if you are a new rep you should register for ATL's one day workplace reps induction course in your region. This will give you a general introduction to the role of the rep and allow you to meet others at the same stage as you.
- Three stage course: on completion of the induction you should progress on to ATL's three-stage course for workplace reps in your region which consists of 3 separate days: one day per term.
It is preferable for the induction and three stage course to be completed in order as each day builds on the next. If, for whatever reason, this is not possible then ATL aims to ensure that each stage also has a "stand alone" benefit so that completing the stages in a different order won't disadvantage you.
Being a health and safety rep
This course is for all new health and safety reps as well as workplace reps and branch officers who have an ATL responsibility for health and safety or just want to know more. Many issues that members face in the workplace, for example workload, have a health and safety perspective. You will gain an understanding of the legal rights an ATL health and safety rep has, identify some of the health and safety legal duties on employers, and consider how to organise around tackling H&S issues in the workplace.
The course is a three stage course (one day per term). For more information, and to book a place, see the health and safety reps training section of our website.
Being a union learning rep
This course is for all new and existing union learning reps as well as workplace reps and branch officers who have an ATL responsibility for union learning or just want to know more. The course will cover what the role involves and your legal rights, promoting the value of and access to learning and skills within the workplace for members and staff, working with employers, and organising in the workplace around learning issues. For more information, see the ULR training section of our website.
Reps' equalities training
This one day course is for all reps who are interested in exploring equalities issues in the workplace. It might be that you are interested in being an Equality Rep in your workplace or branch, or you might just want to just feel more confident about handling equalities issues in your rep role. The course will cover the law, how to identify equality issues and give support to members, and how you can get more involved in ATL's equality work. For more information, see the Equalities training section.
Follow on training for workplace reps
These courses are for all workplace reps who have completed the induction and three stage course, but at the very minimum have completed three out of the four days training. These courses are also open to branch and district officers.
- Handling a Disciplinary Case: This two day course will enable you to develop the knowledge and confidence to support members through a disciplinary process. Find out more and book.
- Dealing with Capability Issues: This one day course will take an in-depth look at advising and representing ATL members in relation to capability issues around performance. Find out more and book.
- Dealing with Workplace Ill Health and Sickness Absence: This one day course will look at advising and representing ATL members in relation to ill health and sickness absence, while aiming to develop an organising approach around issues. Find out more and book.
- Getting the Most Out of Negotiations: This one day course will develop your understanding of and confidence in dealing with negotiations. Find out more and book.
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
|Eastern||31 October 2016||Bedfordshire|
|Eastern||8 June 2017||Bedfordshire|
|South West||7 October 2016||Bristol|
|South West||11 May 2017||Bristol|
|Northern||20 October 2016||York|
|Northern||12 May 2017||York|
|Midlands||9 November 2016||Birmingham|
|Midlands||16 June 2017||Birmingham|
|North West||8 November 2016||Liverpool|
|North West||24 May 2017||Manchester|
|South East||10 November 2016||London|
|South East||14 June 2017||London|
Three-stage rep course
|Region||Stage 1||Stage 2||Stage 3|
|Eastern||1 December 2016||Bedfordshire||2 February 2017||Bedfordshire||2 March 2017||Bedfordshire|
|South West||17 November 2016||Bristol||26 January 2017||Bristol||23 March 2017||Bristol|
|Northern||15 November 2016||York||8 February 2017||York||5 April 2017||York|
|Midlands||18 January 2017||Birmingham||9 March 2017||Birmingham||26 May 2017||Birmingham|
|North West||1 December 2016||Manchester||14 March 2017||Manchester||25 May 2017||Manchester|
|South East||12 October 2016
||25 January 2017
||26 April 2017
|South East||9 February 2017
||11 May 2017
||6 July 2017
Health and safety rep courses
|South East and London
||24 November 2016||London||30 March 2017||London
||29 June 2017||London
||6 December 2016||Manchester
||7 March 2017||Manchester
||6 June 2017||Manchester|
Equality reps training dates