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.

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.

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
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

Regions Stage 1
Stage 2
Stage 3
South East and London
24 November 2016 London 30 March 2017 London
29 June 2017 London
North West
6 December 2016 Manchester
7 March 2017 Manchester
6 June 2017 Manchester

Equality reps training dates

Regions Stage 1
TBC - -
TBC - -
TBC - -

Learning in your region

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