Funding available for Reps' training
Recognising that juggling home, work and being an active representative can leave little time for study, SoR reps are being urged to apply for funding to help them develop their skills.
An accredited rep can apply for money from the Bryan Macey Scholarship to cover course fees and expenses up to a total amount of £1500. The chosen course does not have to be trade union specific because many learning programmes cover the skills and attributes that trade union reps need, such as communicating and negotiating effectively, presentation skills, getting the best from people and managing difficult conversations.
Applications are welcomed from reps who either want to attend a shorter course or who wish to go for a post-graduate degree, such as an MA or MSc in an industrial relations-related topic.
There are just three criteria for consideration. Reps must have:
The successful applicant will receive funding of up to £1500 towards course fees, accommodation and travel. If costs exceed this amount, applicants must accept responsibility for paying any additional costs incurred.
Applications must be submitted no later than 31 May 2013.
Last year’s recipient was Daniel Hutton, Treatment Delivery Advanced Practitioner at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.
Daniel says: “I would strongly encourage any SoR rep who is keen to become more effective in their role to apply for the Bryan Macey Scholarship.
“I am just about to complete my Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner Training thanks to the award.
“The beauty of this scholarship is that it affords the recipient the freedom to source a leadership programme to match their development requirements up to a value of £1500 and fit it around their other commitments.”
Another successful applicant, Kathy MacDermid, adds: “I applied for the Bryan Macey Scholarship because I wanted to undertake a Leadership Masterclass for Healthcare Professionals and hoped this would build my knowledge and confidence in this area.
“I really enjoyed my course and have since applied the skills I learnt in my workplace and in my role as a SoR Learning Rep.”
Kathy is a Senior Radiographer at The Christie, Manchester.
Visit http://bit.ly/RepsLearningFund for more information.