Usdaw's First Series Summer School has been designed for members who have already shown some commitment to the Union and are keen to play a more active part in Union affairs in the future.
Nominees need not be Union representatives but priority will be given to nominations from those members who have already taken advantage of the Union's educational activities, particularly the Home Study Course, or who can demonstrate a degree of commitment to the Union.
Members attending the School will join a small work group of approximately 14 members, each with its own tutor. Everyone will be encouraged to participate fully in the School activities and to share their varied experience and knowledge with others.
The basic aim of the School is to develop the ability to play an active and informed part in increasing trade union organisation and involvement at the workplace and at the branch. This is achieved by helping members to:
- Develop their understanding of Trade Union aims, objectives and policies.
- Develop their understanding of the challenges facing trade unions today.
- Develop their self-confidence.
- Improve their organising and communication skills.
Please note that consideration cannot be given to nominees who will be less than 18 years of age on 4 September 2017 or to members who have attended this School on a previous occasion.
The Union will pay board and accommodation fees and members awarded a place will be entitled to claim travelling fares and any appropriate allowances. In addition, reasonable childcare costs can be claimed.
How to apply
Each branch can nominate up to two members for each Summer School. Successful nominees will be selected by the Executive Council from the shortlists submitted by each Divisional Council.
Completed forms should be sent to your Divisional Officer to arrive no later than Friday 14 April 2017.
Please contact your Branch Secretary if you wish to be nominated.
Any individual who has attended the Usdaw Academy will not be eligible to attend First Series Summer School.