PCS training to get more new members involved

A new one-day ‘Introduction to PCS’ course is being offered to make it easier for new members to get involved in union activity.

The course, which will be rolled out in PCS regional centres in 2019, is among those included in a new PCS Academy brochure due out in January. The booklet will summarise all the courses the union is laying on in PCS regions, including shorter bite-sized sessions.

The introductory course is open to any member and is aimed at newer members who are interested in getting involved in union activity. It gives a flavour of what trade unions do, their role in society and what it means to be an active member of PCS.

The union aims to get as many participants as possible to then sign up for our new full six-day training course (see below) as soon as is practical.

Some may choose to simply be an active member, or a PCS Advocate. Others may express an interest in training to become, for example, a H&S rep or ULR for their branch or workplace.

“The key to building the confidence and strength to fight back are well-trained reps, and an involved, participative membership that are educated to fully understand the nature of the challenges we face as workers.” – Mark Serwotka, PCS Academy Prospectus


In a new approach to our core reps training programme, we have merged the two three-day ‘New Reps’ and ‘Handling Personal Cases’ (now known as ‘Representing Members’) courses.

The new six-day course, called ‘PCS Workplace Reps: Essential Building Blocks’, will give reps the skills and knowledge to represent their members effectively, covering organising, campaigning, negotiating, equality and more.

The course also covers essential approaches and techniques that underpin effective organising and bargaining, set in the context of the contemporary trade union movement.  This includes the role of the union rep in building the strength of the union, communications, effective negotiations and planning.

The course will be taught by our TUC college partners, and attendees will be expected to have completed the ‘Welcome to PCS’ one-day course.
In January PCS Academy is also piloting a new ‘Next Steps’ five-day residential reps’ development school, hosted at Northern College in Barnsley.

The course is open to more experienced reps and organisers. The first pilot, on 7-11 January, will specifically target young reps.

Reps who have completed their initial Essential Building Blocks training, but want to develop more in their role, are invited to register their interest in this exciting residential training week.  

Topics covered include advanced organising skills, mentoring, bargaining theory and practice, political and economic contexts for trade unionism and challenging on equalities.

Find out more:

  • Look out for the new PCS Academy Prospectus, available in hard copy and online.
  • Contact your regional office for details of courses in your area.


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