Twenty-one UNISON lay tutors ready to go

Twenty-one UNISON activists and staff completed the 3 day Lay Tutor Training course in Glasgow. They are all looking forward to working alongside the established tutors to help deliver training across the region.

Learning has always been central to the trade union movement and UNISON lay tutors play a vital role in building the union.  They build skills, help pass on experience to new stewards and increasing the capacity of all our activists.

Shirley Kirk, Branch Secretary at the University of Strathclyde and Co-Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Service Group said: “I am delighted to have completed the lay tutor course, and I am looking forward to getting on with delivering some training courses within my branch, sector and across the Region with my UNISON colleagues. Education is so important and I would encourage all activists to make best use of the UNISON training programme. There are many courses which will help you in your trade union work and help build your confidence.

“The excellent training programme will also help with your own work and career too, whether campaigning, writing skills, representation skills, organising, employment rights or discrimination, health and safety. There’s something to suit everyone and it’s free. UNISON is only as good as its members and activists, and its vital we all improve our skills so I’d encourage you to register for a course today.”

The Lay Tutor Training course is part3 of UNISON’s extensive learning and training programme, for activists. Our Learning and Organising Facebook page is regularly updated and you can also see our Activist Education Courses 2018 training programme here or on the website

We also offer new members a choice of free one day workshops to help you at work and in everyday life. The new members handbook includes a choice of free workshops.

This is in addition to the many learning and training opportunities already available to UNISON members including our award-winning Return to Learn programme as well as discounts on Open University courses and locally organised training tailored to your needs.