Reps have their own development plan with their Area Organiser. The opportunities mentioned on this page are additional to this development plan but can help to improve Rep's skills and knowledge across a range of areas.
Since the start of the pandemic using Zoom to stay in touch with AOs, or attend Rep or branch meetings has become more and more important for Reps, why not try this Bitesize ‘Using Zoom
’ course to find out more.
Usdaw Reps can now access over 650 FREE CPD accredited online development courses
via Staff Skills Training (SST). They offer a range of online courses across a wide range of subjects including Health and Safety, employment law, ICT, mental health, harassment, equality and professional skills, a full list can be found here
. The number of places available on the SST platform is limited and available on a first come first served basis. To request access please email the lifelong learning team on [email protected]
is a FREE learning platform for all Usdaw reps and members, courses are being added continually and cover subjects like ICT, Coaching and Mentoring, Redundancy Support, Apprentice support, Rep Skills, Safe Workplaces, and Mental Health from short 60 second burst of learning to full learning pathways. If you would like to see how Litmos works please watch this short video
. Sign up using the code: Usdaw1 here
Learning Curve Group
provide Level 2 courses that will give Reps information and skills in areas like Equality and Diversity, Mental Health, Workplace Harassment and many more.
TUC eNotes service
offer self-contained modules on specific issues. They last between 20 and 45 minutes. You will need to register to use the site.
has created a wide variety of free learning accessible via [email protected]
, offering free bitesize
offer online broadcasts on specific topics which are useful to Reps. You can take part in a webinar live or access it later through the website.
has online learning courses in many different subjects. You need to register to access the courses.
offers a range of bitesize ‘app based’ repetition courses that are useful for Rep development including Health and Safety, Young Workers Rights, Maths, English and Mental Health. Find out more
Usdaw's online Rep Development offer
Usdaw offers a range of Bitesize for Reps to explain the GDPR
, Health & Safety during COVID-19
, The Impact of COVID-19 on Domestic Violence
and a range of other topics, they can be found on the Bitesize section of the Gateway
takes you to the Usdaw Home Study page where you can register to complete the different modules.
Usdaw has developed three online Union Learning Rep training modules
, which can be used to get you started or as a refresher for lifelong learning in the workplace, these can be found below and are called:
Usdaw has created four online refresher modules on The Role of a Rep refresher courses:
Three online bitesize courses are now available for new Health and Safety Reps, following the same format as the Health & Safety Reps Handbooks:
Harmful gambling in the workplace is nothing new. However, acknowledgement of this being a workplace issue has been slow and only recently have trade unions and employers looked at working together to develop a response. Beacon Counselling Trust (BCT) in conjunction with Learn with Unite have worked in partnership on the topic since 2016. This culminated in the launch of the harmful gambling workplace charter in 2019 where employers and Trade Unions are asked to commit to providing information, support and an environment for people to talk about the issue.
Awareness Training on this issue is key and Learn with Unite is working with Unionlearn and a range of other Unions, including Usdaw, to develop an accredited Bet You Can Help
training programme for Union representatives, Union professionals and employers. The blog
gives more details.
The Unionlearn Climbing Frame
is a website designed for reps (especially ULRs) to help them in their role of supporting learners in the workplace. The Climbing Frame recognises that union learners have aspirations, experiences and skills which relate to all aspects of their lives, their current jobs, possible career routes and personal situations. The Climbing Frame can be used to provide up to date information to help during discussions with learners, update ULRs knowledge about various learning opportunities, develop individual action plans with learners, keep records of sessions with learners, store local information and contacts and gather information about learner profiles to support negotiations with employers.
If you have a question about learning please contact us