New rep training dates

Unite Scotland have released the education programme for 2021/22 with dates for training for reps and those looking to become reps. Courses running in Edinburgh are below for quick reference.

Become a rep

If you are interested in becoming a rep, contact one of our branch officers to chat about what’s involved, the support available and the opportunities on offer.

Edinburgh courses for 2021/22

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Training for reps 2021

Interested in becoming a rep? It’s an exciting time to become active in a trade union, as we work to create a fairer society that values the workers that have shown how essential they really are.

Unite have workplace reps 1 courses starting on

  • 8 March
  • 15 March
  • 17 May
  • 31 May

TUC have a workplace reps 1 course starting on 29 March.

Download the list of Unite rep courses for this year and apply for the course on the Unite website.

See all TUC rep courses.

Training for reps from the TUC 2021

The TUC dates for rep training are online, with the next course for new reps starting on Monday 12 January—and another starting Monday 19 January. The courses are listed for Edinburgh, Fife and Glasgow, but they are delivered online, so you can attend any.

To become a rep you need to attend union reps 1 and 2 training—this can be from Unite, ideally, or from the TUC. We’ll publish the Unite training dates as soon as we know them.

You are entitled to paid time off to attend under the facilities agreement.

Become a rep or develop your skills with Unite training in 2020

According to Unite the Union rules reps and branch officials are elected for a three year term. The current cycle ends March 2021 meaning that the branch must hold an election for all reps and branch officials.

The date has not yet been set but will likely be end February/early March 2021. Anyone (current and new) wishing to be a rep and/or a branch official must have 1 nomination and 1 seconder who are fully paid up members of Unite (CEC branch). Additionally, the person seeking the nomination cannot be in arrears of of their union dues.

Unite Scotland’s education team are running courses online on Zoom. This is a great opportunity to get involved in your union.

Our next election period is January to March 2021, when all positions in the branch—from workplace rep to branch official—are up for grabs. Now is the chance to start a new venture, learn important skills and make a real difference in your workplace.

Contact the branch officers with any questions or to discuss what it’s like to be Unite rep.

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Union rep training for 2019 – dates so far

Unite have announced some rep training courses for next year. We’ve listed the closest ones below – all are held at the Edinburgh office on 22 York Place unless otherwise noted.

You can now book your training courses on the Unite website.

Workplace reps

1 – 28 January to 1 February or 3 to 7 June
2 – 18 to 22 March
3 – 13 to 17 May
4 – 3 to 7 June in Glasgow

There’s no corresponding module 2 for the module 1 in June announced yet.

Health and safety reps

1 – 25 February to 1 March
2 – 29 April to 3 May
3 – 17 to 21 June
4 – 24 to 28 June in Glasgow


1 – 20 to 24 May in Glasgow
2 – 12 to 16 November in Glasgow

Union learning reps

1 – 4 to 8 February in Glasgow
2 – 1 to 5 April in Glasgow


Mental health awareness – 21 and 22 May in Glasgow

Branch officials course – 10 to 14 June

Equality and diversity – 4 to 8 March in Glasgow




Training dates for 2018

The Unite Scotland training programme for 2018 is now online. The training courses offer the chance to

  • become a workplace rep — help your colleagues and make your workplace fairer
  • become health and safety rep — ensure that your bosses are doing what’s required to keep you safe from harm at work
  • learn some new skills for  the different roles in the union branch, such as union learning rep or equalities rep
  • get specialist knowledge in key areas, such as pensions and mental health.

Edinburgh course dates are below.

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