TUC Organising Academy Programme 2013-14

The Organising Academy offers unions a range of short and long courses which are designed to directly meet the needs of staff to organise and campaign. We also understand that unions may wish to develop their staff and executives in organising, campaigning or leadership around specific areas that reflect their key industries, sectors or challenges. We are therefore able to tailor our core programme to those needs or to develop bespoke courses.

This year we are offering the following on a bespoke basis:

Building Campaign Community Coalitions

Strategic Research

Collective Bargaining and Negotiations

Leadership and Management

Lay Leadership: effective governing of unions

As well as offering our core programme, we also offer unions a wide range of services, including:

Organising Academy Trainee Organiser Programme

Each year, the Organising Academy works with unions to sponsor trainee Academy Organisers who undergo a comprehensive training and development programme. During a 12-month placement with their sponsoring union Academy Organisers attend the Diploma in Organising programme and apply the skills that they learn in real organising campaigns with their sponsoring unions.

Consultancy and briefings

In addition to training the Organising Academy provides other support via consultancy services and briefings to assist unions to develop and review organising strategies, practice and campaigns. These can include:

?team building of union leaders and staff

?strategic planning sessions

?briefings for elected officials and staff

?support for campaigns

?support for union change programmes.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please contact us for more information.

Our courses

Location and costs of courses

All of our core courses are offered free of charge and are fully accredited via our partnership with Ruskin College. To obtain the qualification, participants will be required to produce a portfolio that evidences their learning. Organising Academy tutors will provide support to participants throughout their course.

For courses with time at Ruskin College, accommodation is available at Ruskin's newly refurbished campus in Oxford.

DIPLOMA IN ORGANISING

Course aims

This course is for union officers who are already carrying out an organising role or who expect or would like to in the future. This is a 20-day course run over five, four-day modules which explore the key skills and knowledge needed to organise successfully.

Programme modules

?essential skills for organising

?research for organising

?campaigning 1: strategy and tactics

?campaigning 2: communications and planning

?developing the organising team

Module

Dates

Location

essential skills for organising

2014/1: 21-24 Jan

London

research for organising

2014/1: 4-7 March

London

campaigning 1: strategy and tactics

2014/1: 8-11 April

Oxford

campaigning 2: communications and planning

2014/1: 20 - 23 May

Oxford

developing the organising team

2014/1: 1-4 July

Oxford

CERTIFICATE IN ADVANCED ORGANISING

Course aims

This course is for experienced union officers/organisers and those who have completed the Diploma course. This 12-day course delivered over three, four-day modules explores in more detail the key skills and knowledge needed by officers to build effective organising campaigns. Participants will be asked to specialise within the course, taking either a communications or leadership pathway.

Programme

?strategic campaigning

?collective bargaining, negotiations and organising

?communications and campaigning or leading and managing teams

Dates

Module

Dates

Location

strategic campaigning

4-7 Feb

Oxford

collective bargaining, negotiations and organising

1 - 4 Apr

communications and campaigning/leading and managing teams

10-13 June

AWARD IN SUPPORTING ORGANISING

Course aims

This course is for union staff members in administrative and other support roles who would benefit from a deeper understanding of core organising practices and their implications for the way that unions operate. This course, over three days, provides participants with the skills and knowledge needed to support organising work.

Programme

?understanding organising

?working with members

?effective communication

Dat

Dates

Location

16-18 October

London

19-21 Feb

Leeds

es

AWARD IN COMMUNICATIONS AND CAMPAIGNS

Cou rse aims

Effective communication provides unions with an opportunity to increase awareness of campaign aims and improve opportunities for activism. This three day course for officers, organisers and other union staff involved in union campaigns explores how unions can maximise the potential of both traditional forms of communication as well as new and social media.

Programme

?campaigning and communications

?understanding social media

?public speaking

Dates

Location

13 - 15 Nov

London

7-9 May

LEADING CHANGE

Leading Change is a 10-day package of training discussion and support for senior trade union officers. Delivered in partnership with Birkbeck College, and the Labor & Worklife programme at Harvard University, it features contributions from senior academics, employers' representatives, leading private and voluntary sector figures, national and international trade union leaders and

senior politicians. The programme runs across four modules delivered over a nine-month period and includes a study visit to Harvard University.

Programme

?organising unions in a changing world

?strategic choice, campaigning and coalition building

?changing the way we work

?global trade unionism

Contacts and to register

There are two ways that you can apply for our courses. You can use the application form at the back of this booklet or book a place on your chosen course online at www.tuc.org.uk. We aim to acknowledge all applications as soon as we receive them. Course joining instructions are usually sent out two weeks before the start of each course.

Please send your application form to:

TUC Organising Academy

Congress House

Great Russell St

London

WC1B 3LS

Or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For enquiries on Leading Change and bespoke work:

Carl Roper, National Organiser, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For enquiries on the core programme and bespoke work:

Becky Wright, Director, TUC Organising Academy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Briefing document (1,000 words) issued 28 Aug 2013