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.
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
|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|
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|