PCS Trade Union Education face-to-face courses have been suspended for at least the next 2 months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
However, reps and members will be eager to keep ‘active’; membership recruitment is up, and branches are reporting an increase both in urgent issues that need addressing, and members coming forward eager to help out.
It is important therefore that we quickly find ways to keep the union’s education programme going in whatever ways we can. We are working with a number of TUC college units with a view to converting some of our shorter courses to online delivery (a combination of email correspondence, webinar presentation and other digital methods) so that we can restore as much of the regional education course schedules through this difficult period.
Initially, the PCS Academy will be adapting the shorter, 1-day courses, as these will be simpler to convert to online formats. We hope to pilot this approach in a couple of regions by Easter, beginning with the “Combatting Domestic Abuse” and “Green Reps and Climate Justice” workshops in the Yorkshire and Humberside region, and the “Racism & Intolerance: Changing Attitudes In The Workplace” and “Mental Health Awareness” workshops in the London and South East Region. Dates and application-process details will be announced shortly in those regions, and we will look at widening the offer out to other regions and nations in the coming weeks. We aim to have several other courses available for the spring ‘Term’. We ask that reps and branches please be patient while we develop these alternatives.
Places will be limited, and priority will be given to those who applied for any recently postponed courses.