GSG 03-19 Union Training 2019



The Union is pleased to announce our training calendar for 2019 and we are currently seeking nominations for the forthcoming education courses.

Equality Representatives
April 10th & 11th (2 Days)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
The Equality Representative is a support role to the Branch Secretary who can assist with equality related matters. This course is based primarily on the nine grounds of discrimination under employment equality legislation and deals with such matters as work life balance, statutory and non-statutory leave, disability in the workplace etc. Equality Representatives make reports to their committee as required. As per circular 01-19, this course is only open to elected Equality Representatives and those who have previously attended Equality Representative training are not required to attend again. 

Branch Secretary Stage 1 Course
April 16th, 17th & May 14th, 15th & 16th (5 days)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
All newly elected Branch Secretaries are required to attend the Stage 1 course, as well as any currently elected Branch Secretary who may not have had the opportunity to attend in the past. This is a five-day course spread over two months and will cover the duties of the Branch Secretary, negotiation skills and other modules relevant to the role. 

Chairpersons’ Course
May 7th, 8th & 9th (3 days)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
All newly elected Chairpersons are required to attend this course, as well as any currently elected Chairperson who may not have had the opportunity to attend in the past. The purpose of the course is to explain the role of the Chairperson within their Branch Structure and to cover other relevant modules. 

Branch Officers’ Course
May 29th (1 day)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
The course is open to Assistant Secretaries and Vice Chairpersons. The aim of this course is to provide Branch Officers with the necessary skills to carry out the role of a Branch Officer given that they will be required, from time to time, to stand in for either the Branch Secretary or Branch Chairperson.

Those who have been previously trained as a Branch Secretary, Chairperson or Branch Officer are not required to attend. 

Treasurers Course
May 30th (1 day)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
This course is open to all newly elected Treasurers who will receive training on how to carry out the duties of Treasurer. Treasurers in addition to their own role will be required to represent members on occasion and will need the skills to do this which will be part of the training. 

Branch Secretary Stage 2
June 4th, 5th & 6th (3 days)
Venue: Union Head Office, Dublin
This course should be attended by Branch Secretaries who have completed Stage 1 and are in their second or consecutive term as Branch Secretary. This course is offered subject to numbers requiring the training. Further details on the course requirements will be issued to participants closer to the date of training. 

Advanced Branch Officer (3 days)
September 17th, 18th & 19th
This course is open to Branch Secretaries who have completed the stage 2 course prior to 2019 and have been re-elected to their role. It is also open to Branch Chairpersons who completed the Chairperson training course prior to 2019 and have been re-elected. The course will cover topics such as political economy, communications and other relevant issues.

Committee Courses
This course is normally 2 half days in duration, namely a half day on a Friday afternoon and a half day on a Saturday morning, the dates of which will be set with Branches as required.

Venue: To be agreed with the local committees.

The Education committee will make committee courses available at regional venues to facilitate Branches who have their own individual requirements for committee training. Courses offered will be subject to numbers requiring the training and workplace release. The Branch Secretary will be responsible for attendance and for organising release, as required, with local management. All newly elected Committee members are required to attend training as well as any Committee members who may not have had the opportunity to attend in the past. Branch Secretaries are asked to contact Carol Scheffer directly to discuss Branch training requirements.

Please note that it is mandatory for all those who are elected onto their Branch roles to be trained by the Education Committee.

I would ask that participants fill in the relevant nomination form for the courses they wish to attend so that we have the details recorded. Please also note that all the forms can be downloaded from our website (under Events). It is essential that members who applied for training in previous years and did not have the opportunity to attend to send in a new nomination form, as participants for all the above courses will be placed only on receipt of the current nomination forms. Further joining instructions will be issued to participants closer to the date of the relevant course. 

Forms must also be signed by the Branch Secretary as relevant.  Please return the completed forms to Union Head Office.

The return date for the forms is Friday 8th March 2019.  While we try to accommodate as many as possible on our training, please note that due to high demand for our courses, any nomination forms received after the closing date will be initially placed on a cancellation list.


In addition to our training offering, and on receipt of the nomination forms, we will be contacting all training participants to sign up for our online learning course “Your Union and You”. Unionlink is an innovative way for our members to engage in trade union learning and provides flexibility so that members take control of their own learning in their own time.

As previously reported the first course that has been developed is called “Your Union and You” and covers the relevance of trade unions in the workplace and in society. It has three modules:

  1. Understanding Trade Unions
  2. My Union – The CWU
  3. Call to Action

All participants will be requested to complete the course in advance of attending their scheduled training as it is an opportunity to get to know more about the union, the important role of the trade union movement in general as well as guidance on how to participate more in Union activities.

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