The EPMU has a long history of providing quality learning and development opportunities for our delegates, health and safety representatives and other workplace leaders.
We offer a core education programme for delegates that aims to develop their skills and understanding around organising, bargaining and problem solving. Courses can be facilitated in two day, one day or a flexible, modularised way. We have a team of specialist education organisers who are involved in facilitating programmes - working closely with our organisers to develop learning opportunities for delegates, reps and members. Most of our programmes are approved for the use of Employment Relations Education Leave (EREL).
Four workshops make up the core EPMU delegate education programme:
• Delegate Foundation
• Getting Upskilled for the Job
• Getting Organised
• Getting Organised for Bargaining.
Our education team also involved in running the delegate forum programme which consists of over 20 forums being facilitated nationally every six months. These are a critical learning opportunities for delegates covering union governance issues, legal updates and skill development sessions.
Our education team also facilitates specialty education programmes covering topics like macro-economics, workplace productivity and understanding company accounts. As well as there are targeted, industry and enterprise-specific courses designed to deal with specific issues and initiatives. An example of this is an innovative member-educator programme developed for the timber industry.
The education team is also responsible for generating a wide range of union-related resources such as delegate handbooks, educational DVDs, and material for delegates and members to use on the job.