PCS offers a range of education and learning opportunities for members and representatives.
Members may want to access lifelong learning or find out more about the union. Reps can develop essential skills via the trade union education programme.
Places are now available on a day time TUC Education course in March and April for PCS branch reps in the South and East of England, focusing on Gender, Globalisation and Poverty Reduction.
In paid work or not, women make up an ever growing majority of the world's poor. The course explores the unequal impact of globalisation and the challenges it presents for international development issues. There will be guest speakers.
It is a 3-day course on 6 and 7 March and 25 April, 9.30am to 4.30pm. With particular reference to women in developing countries, the course will examine:
• the difference between globalisation and international development
• the United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals
• the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Decent Work Agenda
• the role of trade unions in international development
The course provides an opportunity to explore how to strengthen solidarity efforts and links between women worldwide. Participants can use the knowledge and skills gained on this course to develop union work in this area. The training is open to trade union reps, tutors or officers who have a basic interest in international development.
The venue will be South Thames College, Tooting, South-West London.
Please note that there will not be any travel and subsistence costs available from branches or PCS centrally.
To apply for the above course please complete the online application form or contact Samantha Ward-Crossley, Trade Union Studies, South Thames College, 71 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0TQ
You can alternatively email: email@example.com ; or Tel: 020 8918 7304.
Now available is PCS’ very own international development awareness game. It provides an excellent opportunity to use an unconventional learning resource to increase members’ awareness of international issues.
The game, called ‘Global Endeavour’, uses a “snakes and ladders” format, and aims to increase member awareness of a number of international issues that PCS is concerned about and has policy on: tax justice, trade union rights, child labour and fair trade.
A copy of the game has been sent to Regional Learning Organisers in all regional offices and devolved areas and can be booked through them.
Global Endeavour is designed to be played by two teams of up to six people per team, and should take approximately 45 minutes to play. It could be an activity in a ‘learning at work’ event or held during a lunch-time, if refreshments were provided.
The playing of the game is an opportunity for non-PCS members to engage with the union and appreciate the benefits of union membership outside of the usual industrial agenda, so consider inviting non-members to participate.
Regions continue to run training events to support the national campaign over the forthcoming months.