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TUC Education has produced this new online learning resource, which is designed to provide union reps with the skills and knowledge needed to build the strength of their unions. The course is structured through a series of six interactive modules, along with a final seventh reflective module, which will focus on how reps can implement the learning back in their workplace.

How do I complete it?

All you need is a mobile device (a phone / tablet) or a computer with internet access. Do as little or as much as you like each time you log on — your progress will always be saved. Next time you log on just pick up where you left off.

Continue to the course

(You will have to register/login to access the resource).

Watch below the introductory message 'Why is Organising important?' from Frances O'Grady, TUC General Secretary.

TUC Education: Introduction from Frances O'Grady

Course modules:

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Introduction to the course

This section features a brief introduction and orientation of the course structure.


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Module 1: An introduction to the organising course

This 10 minute introduction to organising covers: what we mean by organising, why organising is important, and what a well organised workplace looks like. The module will introduce you to five key skills to help you organise effectively. 

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Module 2: Mapping your workplace

This 15 minute module covers; what we mean by 'mapping your workplace', the benefits of mapping, deciding what to include on your map, finding information for your map, choosing a way to record your information and how to use your completed workplace map. There are two scenarios in this module. You can try either or both of them to complete the module.

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Module 3: Building the team

This 15 minute module covers: Why it’s important to get more members involved in union activity and involving other people, spotting good informal leaders, involving them in union activity and encouraging younger members to get active in the union. There are two scenarios in this module. You can try either or both to complete the module. 

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Module 4: Talking to workers

This 15 minute module on talking to workers covers: What we mean by an ‘organising conversation’. Why it’s important to have one-to-one organising conversations. Preparing for an organising conversation, asking open-ended questions, listening effectively and recording your organising conversation. 

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Module 5: Organising a campaign

This 15 minute module on organising a campaign covers: Why it’s important to campaign. Choosing the right issue to campaign on, using the widely felt, deeply felt and winnable test. Planning your campaign and evaluating your campaign.

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Module 6: Using digital tools to communicate

This 15 minute module on using digital tools to communicate covers: Why it’s important to use digital tools to communicate. Using digital tools for different types of communication. Some advantages and disadvantages of online communication. Choosing a digital tool and using digital tools appropriately. 

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Module 7: Is your workplace campaign ready?

This module will help you to reflect on what you’ve learnt and think about how to use your organising skills to help win changes in the workplace. 

To access and complete the full course, register here

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