New stewards online (six weeks from 13 September 2021)

13 September 2021 2:00am

This online course is for all new UNISON stewards in the Eastern region. It introduces the role, details responsibilities and gives information about support and resources available and leads to ERA accreditation. This blended course combines online educational materials and opportunities for interaction online.

The course will help you to:

The course will help you to:

  • Understand the role of an organising union in public services;
  • Recognise the importance of equalities in UNISON;
  • Work with members to tackle issues in the workplace;
  • Work with members in resolving cases;
  • Know where and when to seek advice and guidance;
  • Understand how procedures work in practice;
  • Handle grievance and disciplinary and similar types of cases as the representative of UNISON members within your workplace;
  • Be certified as competent to accompany members at a disciplinary and grievance hearing in line with Employment Relations Act 1999;

Understand the broader roles in which UNISON operates, including internationally

When does the course run?

You will be expected to do five to six hours per week over the six-week period to complete the course.

You will need to be available online at these times:

  • Website orientation/Getting started: Monday 13 September, 10am-12 noon;
  • Tutorials: Monday 27 September 10.00am to 11.00pm & Monday 4 October 10.00pm to 12.00pm
  • Online optional-one-to-ones will be available on 20 September, 11 October & 18 October


Can I get time off to learn?

Yes, if you are in a recognised workplace the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the 1997 Safety Representative and Safety Committee Regulations give you the right to time off with pay to attend trade union courses. You just have to give your employer reasonable notice.

Guidance towards establishing what constitutes reasonable time off can be found in the ACAS Code of Practice.

Can I get time of to learn online?

Yes. Online learning is not an alternative to paid release from work. The law still applies, whether learning takes place away from work or in work, at a workstation or in a company learning centre.

If you’re having difficulty accessing paid time off please contact your local branch.



How much is the course?

There is a charge of £60.00.  Your branch will fund this cost and they will be invoiced once you have completed the course.

Sign me Up!


Please register below. Once you’ve signed up and your branch has confirmed you need the training, we’ll get in touch to confirm your place.

If you have any questions please contact us here.

  • If you’re not sure what branch you’re in, please check UNISON’s branch finder.