Courses for Prospect reps

Face to face representative training is currently suspended until further notice.

A tailored online delivery of Union Representative Training is available and extremely popular.

We now have a variety of online training courses to offer via the platform of Zoom*. If you wish to express an interest in attending a course, please ensure your organiser/official (link included to your specific organiser), has authorised your application.

*Other platforms are available but please specify.

When contacting your organiser please Include:
Your full name
Membership number
Contact email address (which you currently use)
Branch
Employer

Online courses for Prospect reps

Reps Part 1: Key Skills for union reps (booking September/October dates now)
Reps 2: Handling Cases (places still available in July)
Negotiating Skills (next available course 22-24 June)
Introduction to Employment Law (next available course 6-8 July)
Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace (next available course 22 and 29 June and 6 July - all dates required)
Health & Safety (running monthly as detailed below)
Introduction to Pensions (dates to be confirmed)
Pension Champions (dates to be confirmed)

Prospect is committed to ensuring our workplace representatives have the skills and knowledge they need to carry out their trade union role effectively and to the best of their ability. We are constantly updating our online course offerings, check back here for the latest news.

All new reps will be required to get started by reading our Reps' Handbook before attending a Prospect rep course.

Reps Part 1: key skills for union reps

This course is designed to welcome you as a Prospect representative and introduce you to the role of a union rep and the skills needed to carry it out. We will help you to be an effective and confident union rep, build good relationships at work and build a stronger union organisation at local level. No previous training is needed. The training runs on a Monday, over 3 sessions: 9-10.15, 11-12.15 and 1-2.15 with up to 30 minutes homework required in-between.

After successfully completing this course you may wish to consider progressing to Reps 2: handling cases. We suggest a break of 2-3 months after completing this course before booking on to Reps 2 to ensure you can fully complete your action plan and embed your new skills.

If you are interested in becoming a H&S or environmental rep, the elements of this reps course are included in the content of both, therefore please book directly on to these courses.

Reps 2: Handling Cases

The aim of the course is to give you the skills and knowledge to represent your local members with their personal cases. After completing both Reps 1: key skills and Reps 2: handling cases the union will accredit you to represent members at formal meetings and hearings.

You should already have completed Reps Part 1: key skills before booking on this course. The training runs Tuesday to Thursday over 3 sessions: 10-12.30 or 2-4.30, with up to 1 hour homework required following sessions 1 and 2.

Negotiating Skills

This course is designed to give you the skills and confidence to successfully engage in negotiations with employers in a collective bargaining environment. The course will focus on the psychology and tactics of negotiating as applied to a typical negotiating scenario. It will also improve your communication and interpersonal skills.

Completion of this course will better prepare you to negotiate effectively with employers and others. You should have attended Reps 1: key skills prior to attending this course. The course comprises of 3 sessions running Tuesday to Thursday: am/pm with some offline study.

Introduction to Employment Law

This course is designed to introduce you to the structure and workings of the legal system as affects people at work. It is an introduction only and is not intended to develop expertise in employment law.

The course is split into 3 sessions. You are expected to commit to all 3 sessions as each covers a different topic:

  • Introduction to statutory rights - looking at the range of rights, time limits, qualifying periods and status.
  • Discrimination law - looking at the Equality Act, including in particular disability and assuring a pro-active approach.
  • Unfair dismissal and redundancy - looking at constructive dismissal, variations, unfair dismissal and redundancy.

The course is designed for experienced union reps. Qualifying criteria to attend the course: completion of Reps 1 and 2 plus 3-6 months case handling experience. It requires a sound body of pre-existing knowledge of how the union organises and allocates responsibilities.

Bargaining for a Sustainable Workplace

The aim of this course is to give reps the practical skills for engaging with sustainability discussions and making changes in their workplace as well as engaging with wider environmental issues. For a wider flavour of the course Click here

No previous training is required. The training is run over 3 weekly sessions: 10-1 with independent group work in between.

Health & Safety

We are also running online H&S rep courses every month. The course takes approximately 12 hours work in total, including 4 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions, and core activities to be completed between sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending all 4 sessions and completing all homework.

No prior rep training is needed. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to research@prospect.org.uk, and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

Introduction to Pensions

We are also running online Introduction to Pension courses. This training is appropriate for branch reps wanting to develop an understanding of pensions with a view to attending our Pension Champions course. This course provides an introduction to pensions for reps covering defined benefit, defined contribution and state pensions. The course takes approximately 5 hours work in total, over 2 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending both sessions.

For new reps we request that you have attended Reps 1 training. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to research@prospect.org.uk, and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

Pension Champions

We are also running online Pension Champions courses. We have two steams, private sector and public sector with content tailored to ensure it is relevant to reps. The course takes approximately 12 hours work in total, including 4 scheduled 2.5 hour online sessions, and core activities to be completed between sessions. Trainees need to commit to attending all 4 sessions and completing all homework.

Our normal requirement is for members to attend our Introduction to Pensions course. Applications should be endorsed by your branch and full-time officer. To register, send your name, contact details and membership number to research@prospect.org.uk, and we’ll add you to the waiting list. We’ll be in touch as soon as a space is available.

Reps can access a range of other courses run by the TUC.

Want to run a course with your branch or region?

Chat to your organiser, or download and complete our training application form.

Choosing a Prospect course

On our course listings page, details the same content until such time as face to face delivery continues.

If you're still unsure which course is most appropriate for you, please speak to your branch or section secretary and/or your Prospect organiser.

If you are still in doubt, contact the education team on 020 7346 0900 or email us at education@prospect.org.uk 

Please notify your branch secretary, Prospect organiser and full-time officer when you apply for a Prospect course. Think about how you will use your new skills once you are back at work and who will support you in this.

The key information page tells you what to expect when you apply for a course. Once you have a confirmed place on a course, please do your utmost to attend. If you're unable to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

We want you to enjoy your learning experience with us. If there is anything we can do to improve our service to you, please email the education team.

Submit your email via education@prospect.org.uk