PCS Academy core programme

Introduction for PCS Advocates

The key to a stronger PCS is greater participation by members in the day-to-day running of the union at the local level. If you are willing to help out a little come along to this session to talk about how you can play a role in your union as a workplace advocate.

Duration: 2 hours approx.

Course requirements: Nil

 

Welcome to PCS

This course is aimed at members who are new to the union and interested in getting involved in union activity. This introductory one-day course will give a flavour of what trade unions do, the role of trade unions in society and what it means to be an active member of PCS. The course is open to any member of PCS.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: Nil

 

PCS workplace reps: essential building blocks

This course is aimed at newly-appointed reps and union advocates. It will give you the skills and knowledge to effectively represent your members, covering organising, campaigning, negotiating, equality, and more. The course 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.

Duration: 6 days (3 days plus 3 days)

Course requirements: Participants are required to currently or prospectively have organising and representational responsibilities as part of their duties, and to have completed the ‘Welcome to PCS’ or equivalent course.

 

PCS Academy: next steps programme

This course is a residential reps’ development school, hosted at Northern College, Barnsley.

This course is open to more experienced reps and organisers. If you’ve completed your initial building blocks training, but want to develop further as a rep, you are invited to sign up for this exciting PCS 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.

Duration: 5 days (block – residential)

Course requirements: Participants are required to currently have organising and representational responsibilities as part of their duties. Participants will be expected to have attended the ‘Essential building blocks’ course or equivalent.

 

Organising to win

The ability of the union to win on the issues that matter for members is dependent on our strength in the workplace. That strength is best gauged by how “organised” the union is locally. Organising is not just about how many members we have. How many members are actively involved in the union? Are reps and advocates trained and confident?  Do we know which parts of our branch are strong or weak? Do we know which issues matter most for members? How do we get our union messages across? How do we overcome objections and obstacles to getting organised? Sign up to this three day course to get more involved in building the union.

Duration: 3 days

Course requirements: participants are required to currently have organising responsibilities as part of their duties. Participants will be expected to have attended the ‘Essential building blocks’ course or equivalent.

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