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Education and Training Level 3 Award B124 (formerly PTLLS)

TUED 520 Cotton Exchange, Bixteth St, Liverpool, L3 9LQ. Dates TBA


Course qualification:

This is a level 3 course.


Course outline

This course is designed for those who want an initial award for the role of teacher, tutor or trainer and, or are new to training and teaching and interested in developing a career in this area or for your own personal professional development.


Course details

This qualification comprises of the following units, making up a total of 12 credits:

  • Unit 301 Understanding roles, responsibilities and relationships in education and training - 3 credits
  • Unit 302 Understanding and using inclusive teaching and learning approaches in education and training - 6 credits
  • Unit 305 Understanding assessment in education and training - 3 credits


Entry guidelines

Have achieved or be working towards a level 2 Maths and English or equivalent qualification. A working knowledge of Information Communication Technology will be advantageous.


What will this course give me?

Following completion of this course, having developed personal professional skills qualities and abilities in teaching, learning and training, you will qualify to teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector in Adult Education and may choose to teach in FE Colleges, Adult Community Learning Units, Trade Union Education Centres and, or be a trainer for a learning provider in Adult Education.


Where can I progress to?

Candidates who progress will be able to access higher education courses such as Contemporary Certificate in Education (CertEd Level 4) or Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Level 4).


Assessment Method

Study will be through a combination of class attendance, self-Directed study, use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and course file (the are no formal examinations for this qualification)



The cost of this qualification would normally be £680 however for a limited time only we can offer this qualification at a cost of £136 (paid by either trade union or employer).




Education and Training Level 3 Award B124 (formerly PTLLS)

Candidates wishing to express interest.

Please return this slip to Dave Hawkins Dave.Hawkins@wmc.ac.uk   TUED 520 Cotton Exchange, Bixteth St, Liverpool, L3 9LQ.



















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Unison North West Inclusive Learning Bulletin Issue 3: August 2016

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Autism Awareness Workshop – UNISON and the Open University Partnership


UNISON has been working with the Open University to develop a one day autism awareness workshop, bespoke for UNISON members.


Learning Outcomes include:

  • Development of autism understanding
  • Characteristics of autism
  • Areas of difficulty
  • Typical behaviours
  • Strategies for teaching people with autism


Date: Monday 21st November

Time: 10am – 4pm, registration and refreshments from 9.30am

Venue: UNISON Regional Centre, Arena Point, 1 Hunts Bank, Manchester, M3 1UN


All members are welcome to apply using our regional application form which should be returned to UNISON branches.


For further details and to receive a form please contact Tom at t.jenkins@unison.co.uk or phone 07817 121 628.



My Learning Journey

By Carol Munns


My Learning Journey started 14 years ago. Having a husband and three sons also working part-time as a Mid Day Assistant at a Local Primary School I was very busy. I decided that I needed to gain relevant qualifications for a changed working environment. A friend told me Birkenhead Sixth Form Outreach College were holding computer courses in a local church. I signed up to join and went along to my first day full of anticipation. But, when I got there, nerves got the better of me and I nearly left without even entering the room the course was being held in. I gave myself a stiff talking too and went in.

I know sometimes it takes a lot of courage to change your life, and try something new, but for me that day, it was the best decision I made for myself and not for anyone else.

I went on to study CLAIT, IBT2,and ECDL in Computing. GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics.

I studied for 3 years, after which I achieved a position in Wirral Libraries. This gave me further opportunities to study of which I also now run a weekly Get Into Reading Group for adults.

Walking through that door at a local church was the start of a new journey that has enhanced my life.

Being a Wife and Mother is life changing and rewarding, but gaining qualifications gave me confidence in myself as an individual. It was one of the best decisions I made and has had an amazing impact on my life.

*Carol has now also become a Union Learning Representative



Preparing for Retirement Workshop

15 September 2016 at Arena Point, UNISON Regional Centre, Manchester

from 9.30am to 4.30pm


Agenda for the course:


Application Form:



JUNE 2016




Places are available on a three day course for new ULR's commencing on September 2nd in Manchester for 3 consecutive Fridays. Expenses can be claimed from your branch. To apply or if you need more information email T.jenkins@unison.co.uk




This is a 30 week course (day OR evening) run by the TUC for activists who have a minimum of 15 L2 credits or equivalent. It begins on October 6th in Liverpool at the Cotton Exchange building.

For more details contact dave.hawkins@wmc.ac.uk


9 May 2016

Things get better when you learn in UNISON

Want to brush up on your skills? Want to increase your confidence? Sign up for a FREE 'taster' workshop for Wirral members at our new Branch HQ - Wirral UNISON, Sandford Street, Birkenhead, CH41 1BN


Power to be You - Workshop 1

Saturday 4 June 2016 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • help to improve self-esteem
  • ideas and tips for addressing own confidence and assertiveness issues
  • find out about UNISON education and development opportunities
  • help to speak with confidence


Your Skills Your Future - Workshop 2

Saturday 18 June 2016 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • identify your existing, transferable and potential skills for the purpose of personal or professional development

  • to feel more confident about your skills and abilities

  • UNISON learning offer and how they can get involved with the union


Call or email:

Tom Jenkins, Regional Learning Organiser

07817121628 t.jenkins@unison.co.uk


Dave Hardcastl, Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator

07904727641 hardcastledave2014@gmail.com



16 March 2016



Commences Thursday 7th of April 4-6pm until 19th May at Merseytravel learning suite at Mann Island, Liverpool.


Professional stand-up comedian Sam Avery will teach you the skills to write and perform your own comedy routine AND perform in front of a live audience.


The course aims to:


Increase confidence.


Discover and pass on information about mental health.


Meet new people in a friendly and non-judgmental setting.


15 places only. to try for a place contact: norman.hunter@merseytravel.gov.uk



March 2016

Making the Most of the Internet Wirral branch gets online

Members in our Wirral branch attended our Saturday session

at Leasowe Learning Centre, run by the WEA.

The Unison member learning offer includes this fantastic one

day introduction to using the internet efficiently and

effectively including how to use job search websites and

create and upload CVs. With one in four adults lacking home

internet access, the Unison Inclusive Learning Project works

to ensure greater access to IT for our members in a world

where internet access is becoming an essential human need.



3 March 2016





A great course funded by National Unison commencing in central Liverpool on Tuesday 19.04.16. from 1830 to 2100hrs for 10 weeks for Unison members. All out of pocket expenses will be covered and a weekend  residential is included!


Interested? Contact

T.Jenkins@unison.co.uk   Mob: 07817121628.


February 2016



Two half day sessions will run at:


Merseylearn - Merseytravel

Mann Island


L3 1BP


on Thursday 2nd June

10am - 1pm

2pm - 5pm


Interested?? Ring Dave Hardcastle on 07904727641 for further information



January 2016

Mindfulness Course

We spend so much time thinking over stuff that has happened in the past, or worrying about things that may happen in the future, that often we actually forget to appreciate or enjoy the moment. Mindfulness is a way of bringing us back to experience life as it happens.

  • Help to relieve stress
  • Help to improve sleep
  • Help manage depression and/or anxiety

Wirral UNISON are running a 3 hour Mindfulness course, on

Saturday 6th February 2016, 9.30-12.30pm.

The course is free to UNISON members. Places are strictly limited, to book on the course, contact Gill Whitfield: gillwhitfield@wirral.gov.uk


Deaf Awareness Training Sessions Wednesday 6th April – FREE to UNISON members

In partnership with the Manchester Deaf Centre, we are offering deaf awareness training sessions for our members in the North West.

The date is Wednesday 6th April 2016.

There are 2 sessions available to choose from:

10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. Please specify your requested time on your application form.

The venue for the training is:

Manchester Deaf Centre

Crawford House

Booth Street East


M13 9GH


Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Application forms are available from Wirral UNISON Branch office.

Completed forms can be emailed to: northwestlearningandorganising@unison.co.uk

UNISON run a variety of courses for members, for more details, go to: http://www.unisonnw.org/course_catalogue  to register interest: http://www.unisonnw.org/expression-of-interest

Please note that getting time off for courses can be difficult, you may need to apply for leave, or do it in your own time.


Ipad/Tablet Help

There is a free drop in at Leasowe Millennium Centre on Saturday 30th January, 9.30-12pm, 12.30-2pm, for anyone needing help with their Ipad or tablet



We held a launch event for the Reading Ahead Challenge, on 11/11/15 at Birkenhead library.  It was collaboration between UNISON, The Reading Agency and Wirral Libraries.

Andy Mcnab gave a very inspirational talk, about his journey from a 17 year old, with a reading age of 9, to being a best-selling author.  He is trekking to the South Pole next week to raise funds for the Reading Agency, a brilliant charity that works with UNISON, to promote literacy.

Two UNISON members have agreed to be ULR's, which will help Wirral UNISON get more members involved in training and education. Huge thanks to Tom Jenkins, Learning Organiser, UNISON North West, and Martin Russo, National Learning and Development Officer, for all their help, and a special thanks to Paul Wiggins for taking the photographs for us.

Anyone wanting to sign up for the Reading Ahead Challenge, please contact Diane Moore on dianemoore@wirral.gov.uk?



Courses Currently Available

1. Maths and English courses up to Level 2 are free to all UNISON members and their families (aged 19+). These courses are run by Wirral Lifelong Learning in various locations on Wirral and run alongside school term dates. For enrolment please ring Julie on 630 3486. For further enquiries ring Dave on 07904727641.


3. Making the Most of the Internet - A one day Saturday course for members on 30 January 2016, from 9.30am to 4.30pm.  This is a free course and lunch is included.  The location will be Leasowe Adult Learning Centre (CH46 2QF).  There are 12 places available. For expressions of interest please email hardcastledave2014@gmail.com.

What does ULR stand for?

A union learning rep is a vital role within modern-day and forward looking unions such as UNISON. The aim is to signpost and guide members on to further adult learning as well as creating awareness of availability of what is on offer and the advantages of taking up learning again