Short courses – Fighting for a fair and healthy workplace

Mental health awareness

Stress, depression or anxiety are now the greatest cause of work absence in the UK.

In January 2018 a ministerial response revealed in parliament that 26% of all sickness absence in the civil service was due to mental health conditions.

Our training can give you the knowledge and confidence to help members, to challenge where policies may be being breached or employers are unaware of employment rights, and to campaign for good mental health in the workplace.

Duration: 2 days

Course requirements: None – however participants are encouraged to become involved in their branch as PCS mental health champions.

 

Neurodiversity in the workplace – stage 1

Are you interested in raising awareness of neurodiversity? All of us have colleagues, friends, children, family members that will have an identifiable neuroatypical condition – and our workplaces and wider society can cause difficulties for them.

PCS is committed to fighting for all members, especially those who face disadvantage and discrimination. Opportunities need to be widened, and support strengthened, not cut back under the excuse of ‘austerity’. Sign up to our 2-day course and become a PCS neurodiversity champion.

Duration: 2 days

Course requirements: None – however participants are encouraged to become involved in their branch as PCS Neuro-diversity Champions.

 

Neurodiversity in the workplace – stage 2

If you enjoyed the ‘Stage 1’, and want to expand your skills and knowledge as a PCS Neurodiversity Champion, register for this course in your region. These two days cover some more detailed ‘case studies’; discuss the position of neuro-atypical workers in the workplace and wider society in the context of austerity; and will give you a grounding in employment and welfare rights for neuro-divergent members. This course will focus on the importance of involving neuro-divergent members in campaigning for a fair workplace

Duration: 2 days

Course requirements: Participants must have attended neurodiversity in the workplace stage 1.

 

 

Trans equality

This two-day course which will cover transgender and wider equality issues is open to all PCS members. Attendance will help you develop an understanding of the issues faced by trans colleagues. It will also provide you with an introduction to the legalities, and help reps in representing their members.

Duration: 2 days

Course requirements: None

 

Domestic abuse awareness

This 2-day course is aimed at PCS reps and will assist you in developing a better understanding of domestic abuse issues, to consider, understand and support members experiencing domestic abuse and violence.

Duration: 2 days

Course requirements: None

 

Sexual harassment

This one-day course is aimed at PCS reps and will cover: Why sexual harassment is a trade union issue - The law and sexual harassment.

Supporting members affected by sexual harassment issues; developing workplace policies and practices; challenging workplace cultures which tolerate harassment.

Organising around equality: and promoting the role of harassment champions.

Reps who complete this course may also be interested in delivering a ‘bite-sized’ one-hour version of this session in their workplace (to fellow reps and PCS members), which your tutor will summarise.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: participants should have completed the core PCS workplace reps training programme (or its pre-2019 predecessors). Alternatively, participants should have completed health and safety rep, equalities officer, or learning rep training.

 

Cancer in the workplace  

Cancer is a workplace issue. It now affects one in three people, and each year in the UK there are approximately 90,000 people of working age who receive a cancer diagnosis. The chances are that members in your branch will be affected – either directly through being ill themselves or through a close relative having the disease. This course will help reps explore issues to be faced if a union member is diagnosed with cancer, including their rights to time-off, and find out more about cancer in the workplace, its causes and effects.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: participants should have completed the core PCS workplace reps training programme (or its pre-2019 predecessors). Alternatively, participants should have completed health and safety rep, equalities officer, or learning rep training.

 

Menopause in the workplace  

This course for reps has been designed to create greater awareness of the menopause as a workplace issue. It looks at the symptoms women can experience, and helps reps consider various workplace factors that may negatively impact on workers experiencing the menopause, including practices that may put the health and safety of menopausal women at risk and/or may be considered discrimination against workers experiencing the menopause.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: participants should have completed the core PCS workplace reps training programme (or ts pre-2019 predecessors). Alternatively, participants should have completed health and safety rep, equalities officer, or learning rep training.

 

‘Green’-ing the workplace

Workplaces are a major cause of greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful environmental practices. Is your employer doing all it can to tackle this, raise awareness and promote green workplace practices?

On this course we learn from sharing experience with colleagues on reducing waste, recycling, energy saving, green procurement, developing environmental management systems, and drawing up workplace agreements. We also look at the wider context of sustainability; renewable energy, climate change, fairtrade and other ethical policies.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: None – however participants are encouraged to become involved in their branch as PCS green rep or ‘champion’.

 

Bullying

PCS demands that our members have the right to be treated with dignity and respect in a working environment free from bullying, harassment or discrimination. This course helps you define bullying behaviours and outlines how PCS reps can help individual members who complain of bullying. It then looks at how branches can work to secure effective agreements and campaign for a working environment in which bullying is not tolerated.

Duration: 1 day

Course requirements: participants should have completed the core PCS workplace reps training programme (or its pre-2019 predecessors). Alternatively, participants should have completed health and safety rep, equalities officer, or learning rep training.

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