Training for reps


Important update

Face to face representative training is currently suspended until further notice. A tailored online delivery of Union Representative Training is available and extremely popular.


 

We now have a variety of online training courses to offer via the platform of Zoom (other platforms are available but please specify).

If you would like to express an interest in participating in our online, representative training, please email [email protected] indicating which course, your branch and membership number and ensure that your organiser/official has authorised your application.

Please provide the following information:

  • Your full name
  • Membership number
  • Contact email address (which you currently use)
  • Branch
  • Employer (if applicable)

Online courses for Bectu sector reps

Below is a list of training courses for reps. Please click the links to find out further information on dates, times and course details.

Introduction to Equalities

Reps Part 1: Key Skills for union reps

Freelancer (Reps 1) Training

Reps 2: Handling Cases

Negotiating Skills

Introduction to Employment Law

Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace

Health & Safety

Introduction to Pensions

Pension Champions

Introduction to Equalities  

Prospect is committed to ensuring our workplace representatives have the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their trade union role effectively and to the best of their ability. We are constantly updating our online course offerings, check back here for the latest news.

All new reps will be required to get started by reading our Reps’ Handbook before attending a Prospect rep course.

Reps Part 1: key skills for union reps

This course is designed to welcome you as a Prospect representative and introduce you to the role of a union rep and the skills needed to carry it out. We will help you to be an effective and confident union rep, build good relationships at work and build a stronger union organisation at local level. No previous training is needed. The training runs on a Monday, over 3 sessions: 9-10.15, 11-12.15 and 1-2.15 with up to 30 minutes homework required in-between.

After successfully completing this course you may wish to consider progressing to Reps 2: handling cases. We suggest a break of 2-3 months after completing this course before booking on to Reps 2 to ensure you can fully complete your action plan and embed your new skills.

If you are interested in becoming a H&S or environmental rep, the elements of this reps course are included in the content of both, therefore please book directly on to these courses.

Freelancer (Reps 1) training

This course is designed for Freelance members who wish to be active within their freelance branch. It will offer guidance on setting up a branch, running branch meetings, how to organise, recruit and campaign.

The course will welcome you as a Prospect representative and introduce you to the role of a union rep and the skills needed to carry it out. No previous training is needed. The training runs over one day in 3 sessions: 9-10.15, 11-12.15 and 1-2.15.

Reps 2: Handling Cases

The aim of the course is to give you the skills and knowledge to represent your local members with their personal cases. After completing both Reps 1: key skills and Reps 2: handling cases the union will accredit you to represent members at formal meetings and hearings.

You should already have completed Reps Part 1: key skills before booking on this course. The training runs Tuesday to Thursday over 3 sessions: 10-12.30 or 2-4.30, with up to 1 hour homework required following sessions 1 and 2.

Negotiating Skills

This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to successfully engage in negotiations with employers in a collective bargaining environment. The course will focus on the psychology and tactics of negotiating as applied to a typical negotiating scenario. It will also improve your communication and interpersonal skills.

Completion of this course will better prepare you to negotiate effectively with employers and others. You should have attended Reps 1: key skills prior to attending this course. The course comprises of 3 sessions running Tuesday to Thursday: am/pm with some offline study.

Introduction to Employment Law

This course focusses on the Introduction to members’ rights at work. These sessions are geared at giving some basic tools for reps to use in negotiations and when dealing with personal cases.

The course is split into 3 sessions, each three hours in length. You are expected to commit to all 3 sessions (total of 9 hours commitment) as each covers a different topic:

  • Introduction to statutory rights – looking at the range of rights, time limits, qualifying periods and status.
  • Discrimination law – looking at the Equality Act, including in particular disability and assuring a pro-active approach.
  • Unfair dismissal and redundancy – looking at constructive dismissal, variations, unfair dismissal and redundancy.

The course is designed for experienced and active union reps. Qualifying criteria to attend the course: ideally completion of Reps 1 and 2 (or with a place/date confirmed) with some experience of case work/or your Prospect full time Officer’s endorsement. (details of your FTO is provided during Reps part 1 & 2)

The next available course is running on the following dates (you need to attend all dates and times)

10, 17, 24 November 1.30 – 4.30pm

Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace

The aim of this course is to give reps the practical skills for engaging with sustainability discussions and making changes in their workplace as well as engaging with wider environmental issues. Read more for a wider flavour of the course.

The training is run over 3 weekly sessions: 10-1 with independent group work in-between.

Health & Safety

We are also running online H&S rep courses every month. The course takes approximately 12 hours work in total, including 4 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions, and core activities to be completed between sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending all 4 sessions and completing all homework.

No prior rep training is needed. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to [email protected], and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

Introduction to Pensions

We are also running online Introduction to Pension courses. This training is appropriate for branch reps wanting to develop an understanding of pensions with a view to attending our Pension Champions course. This course provides an introduction to pensions for reps covering defined benefit, defined contribution and state pensions. The course takes approximately 5 hours work in total, over 2 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending both sessions.

For new reps we request that you have attended Reps 1 training. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to [email protected], and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

Pension Champions

We are also running online Pension Champions courses. We have two steams, private sector and public sector with content tailored to ensure it is relevant to reps. The course takes approximately 12 hours work in total, including 4 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions, and core activities to be completed between sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending all 4 sessions and completing all homework.

Our normal requirement is for members to attend our Introduction to Pensions course. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to [email protected], and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

 

Training for different types of rep

Below is a list of the training courses you can expect to take on your way up to being each type of rep:

Communications rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Using Prospect‘s e-Branch system
  • Campaigns

Environment rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Bargaining for a sustainable workplace

Equality and diversity rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Unconscious bias
  • Challenging perceptions of neurodiversity
  • Challenging performance management

Health and safety rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • The effective health and safety rep
  • Preventing work-related stress
  • Mental health awareness

Union learning rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • TUC union learn programme
  • Union learning reps

Pensions champion

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Introduction to pensions
  • Defined contribution schemes
  • Civil service pensions
  • Becoming a pensions champion
  • Pension trustees

Negotiating rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Negotiating skills
  • Job evaluation

Organising rep

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Freelance organising
  • Mapping the workplace
  • Branch treasurer

Advising and representing members

  • Reps 1: essential skills
  • Reps 2: handling cases
  • Handling cases in BT
  • Introduction to employment law

Find out more

If you are interested in Prospect training courses and want to find out more, call us on 020 7346 0900 or email our education team.