Thousands of new apprentices and new staff are being recruited into the civil service and related public sector and private sector employers. 30,000 apprentices alone are expected to have started in the civil service by 2020. The agreement we have reached with the Cabinet Office on apprentices allows access to new staff induction meetings, and most departments have policies which encourage union membership and allow for a trade union rep to talk to new staff.
We know from experience that new staff are far more likely to join the union in their first two weeks of work than at any other point in their working life. It’s therefore essential that all branches are meeting new staff at the point at which they join the department or employer and that all branches are making sure they are given details of new staff induction events and making sure there is a PCS speaker at these meetings.
To assist branches in recruiting new members please find attached to this briefing materials to be used when talking to potential members, an induction guide and an accompanying PowerPoint presentation
- Booklet for recruiting new members: this is a short booklet which gives some basic information about PCS membership and trade unions more generally.
- An induction guide for branch reps: the guide gives some practical advice and ideas about how to run an induction meeting for new staff.
- An induction PowerPoint presentation: this 10 slide presentation can be used to assist in the delivery of induction presentations. The slides link to the sections in the induction guide. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the PowerPoint version of the presentation.
Copies of the recruitment booklet and induction guide for branches will be sent directly to branches and additional copies can be ordered directly from the PCS print unit at email@example.com.
All materials, including the PowerPoint presentation, will be available to download from the PCS website. Any further enquires can be directed to your local PCS regional office or direct to the national organising department on firstname.lastname@example.org