Warrington Local Government Branch

Learning for you

Whether you are looking for training as a UNISON representative or are keen to learn for personal development, we can help.

Union Learning Representatives


What is a Union Learning Representative? (ULR)


A ULR is someone who is passionate about the development of people through learning. They work within the council and encourage union members to learn and develop to help them realise their potential.


They enable other employees, whether in a trade union or not, to find opportunities to develop their skills and abilities.


ULRs also work with employees to identify contributions to their jobs that future learning will make. They also work with the council to negotiate time off for learning and possibly encourage the council to pay the cost of training.


Neil Barlow previous ULR say's:

"I became a Union Learning Representative because I am passionate about enabling people to learn and develop existing or new skills. Before this I was a volunteer mentor to young people not in education employment or training for MentorPoint Lancashire.

I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping other people to improve their skills and abilities. I enjoy seeing someone else do something they thought they couldn't do because they have been supported by someone who believed that they could do it.

The ULR role can provide a range of opportunities that are available through UnionLearn and the Unison branch to enable the opportunity to learn more. Being a ULR is not just about helping others to achieve - it's about you developing as well.

The role has opened doors for me that I didn't know were there to be opened. I wasn't sure I wanted to be a ULR - but I'm glad I took the role and the experience and satisfaction that it provided." 

We Need You!  Why not consider becoming a Union Learner Rep and helping other UNISON members across your organisation to improve there basic skills or just learn a new hobby?


Contact the branch office if you require more information or wish to become a workplace ULR .

Activist courses and development opportunities

When you start representing UNISON in any official capacity there are courses available to help you carry out your role with confidence and offer the best possible support to members.

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Member courses and development opportunities

Many members would like to improve their skills and confidence in some area of English, maths and ICT. We have developed a range of free courses to meet these needs.

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Online learning modules

UNISON produces e-notes – quick online modules on a variety of subjects. They can be taken by any member by logging into UNISON’s online learning site.

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Support for learning

We offer financial support via our educational bursary scheme and through discounts on distance learning from a number of education providers.

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To apply for a course please contact your branch office in the first instance. They can also help you find the right course for you, and dealing with any accessibility concerns.