Category: Unite Training Course

Activists hone skills to help Win Campaigns

Barnsley Unite/NUM Community Centre recently staged a two-day Public Speaking Course (Level 2) which was attended by 6 Unite Community Activists, Branch Officers and Union Learning Reps.
The course took place over 2 full days (18th and 25th November).  On the first day, activists learned about how best to approach preparing a speech.  They examined the importance of three elements of public speaking: logos (logical order), ethos (building trust) and pathos (generating emotion).  Following this, activists participated in a mini-debating session.
Before the second day of the course activists constructed their own 10-minute speeches. When they returned for day two these were delivered to the group in the iconic main hall.   All speeches were filmed and analysed collectively.  They covered a variety of subjects including Lifelong Learning, Unite Community, Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign, increasing Trade Union Awareness, Effective Branch Communications and Zero Hours Contracts.
The course provides a valuable experience for activists. Knowledge and experience of public speaking gained from the course helps to build practical skills and confidence in people who have an important role in co-ordinating campaigns in the community and the workplace.
“The analysis and collective critique of each speech is what assisted me mostly in developing my line of argument. The practice of actually delivering your speech in such an iconic venue gives you the confidence to do more. I can’t wait to do the media training next”. Dan Marcus Community Activist.
If you want to gain practical skills in courses such as Public Speaking, Graphic Design or  New Media  please contact David Condliffe on 0779 111 3806 or email
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Unite Activists Up-skill to Get OUR Message OUT through Old and New Media

On the 23rd and 24th October 23 Unite Community Activist, Workplace Reps and Unite Officials attended a Graphic Design and New Media course. The emphasis was on gaining practical skills to assist with our campaigns and get our message out to a wider audience. These two days assisted to link our Community and Workplace agendas: with the central aim to WIN both industrially and in wider society.

The materials produced on day 1 covered our campaigns on :- Food Banks, ATOS, Yorkshire Ambulance dispute, workplace education, benefits and the bedroom tax.

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Day 2 concentrated on assessing the usefulness of New Media and how to dovetail both to assist WIN our campaigns. Each attendee was tasked to produce blog around their particular campaign.

Tim McSharry (Head of Disability and Diversity Access Committee for Leeds) Unite Community Activist commented. ‘Just a quick note on behalf of Phil, Damian and me, to offer our most sincerest thanks to you and Unite the Union for yesterday`s Digital Media Training.

The training was outstanding and it will undoubtedly enable us to raise our game across every aspect of our campaigning and peer-advocacy work. You and Neil should hopefully receive the proof of the pudding in the near future. With many thanks again and very kindest regards, Tim.

These courses are part of a series of practical schools to assist build the skills set of our Community Activists. Public Speaking Courses are planned for Barnsley and Durham in November.

If you have any ideas on what courses you would like delivered  – Twitter ? Please contact me on 0779 111 3806 or email me on

Welfare Rights Training

Richard Vivian, Unite Community Activist prepared the whole days training and delivered it to a group of 18 Community Activists at our center in Barnsley. We had a mixed audience including Unite Community Members, Trades Council Representatives, NUM Delegates and volunteers from our Local Food Bank. Solidarity is our weapon against the cruel and unnecessary Welfare Reform.Yet again, today we have proven activism gets the results “Educate, Agitate, Organize”.

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Public Speaking Short Course

This short film captures a few moments of day two of a Unite public speaking course run in the Barnsley NUM/Unite Community Centre. On day one activists were taken through the techniques of public speaking, delivery, planning structure and content. They then went away with homework to watch some speeches and to prepare a short speech themselves. Day two was made up of the activists, delivering their speeches to their fellow activists from the stage of the main hall. The results were breathtaking.


FREE Unite Training Courses

Below is the list of Unite 1 Day and 2 Day Courses available for you to attend in the next few months.

These courses are available to ULRs, Community Activists, Workplace Reps and Branch Officials.

All courses are FREE to Unite Members and a Buffet Lunch will be provided and your Travel will be reimbursed.

Please respond promptly as there are a limited number of places available for each course.

1 Day Courses

  • Graphic Design at Unite Regional Office in Leeds on October 22nd – 10am to 4pm
  • New Media and Blogging at Unite Regional Office in Leeds on September 30th – 10am to 4pm
  • New Media and Blogging at Unite Regional Office in Leeds on October 24th – 10am to 4pm

2 Day Courses

  • Public Speaking and the Media 2  at Barnsley NUM/Unite Community Centre on November 18th  and 25th – 10am to 4pm
  • Public Speaking and the Media 1 at Durham NUM/Unite Community Centre on  November 19th and 26th – 10am to 4pm

Please contact David Condliffe if you would like to attend any of the course above: