What is LAOS?

Lifelong learning

UNISON Learning and Organising Services (LAOS) co-ordinates trade union education and lifelong learning opportunities for members. This includes training and development for union reps as well as personal and career development courses ranging from Skills for Life through to professional qualifications. We also offer learning discounts and a small educational grants scheme.

LAOS works with regional education officers, learning development organisers and groups across the union, to:

  • deliver a national activist training programme that complements regional and branch provision.
  • co-ordinate UNISON's tutor training scheme to help members and activists interested in running courses or using education methods to encourage greater involvement in branch initiatives
  • develop online training for activists and online communities
  • campaign for lifelong learning

Regional education programmes

Your regional education officer can provide details of your regional programme, which will include specific training for stewards, union learning and health and safety reps, branch officers and lay tutors.

Training offered includes:

  • negotiating skills
  • rights at work - introductory law courses
  • equality issues, such as equal pay, work-life balance and tackling racism
  • strategic campaigning
  • recruitment techniques
  • pathways into UNISON (for women members)
  • Return to Learn and Women's Lives courses