• Are you a School Support worker?
  • Do you want to learn something new?
  • Or are you keen develop your career?
  • Would a UNISON Personal Learning Development Grant help?

UNISON know how difficult it is to afford training to improve your job prospects due to huge increases in course fees and the withdrawal by many employers of financial support for career development.

UNISON’s Schools Support Staff members make up an increasing proportion of our union’s membership. To help you get on at work and develop your career, UNISON is piloting Personal Learning Development Grants for Schools Support Staff. A limited number of awards of up to £300 each are offered for course fees.

These grants can be used for a wide range of courses. They can help pay for fees on any general non-vocational course (e.g. IT courses, skills training, languages etc.) or any vocational course relevant to working in public services (e.g. counselling, accountancy and management courses would be supported but not beautician training or electronic engineering!).

You do need to be paying the full course fee yourself to be eligible for this grant. UNISON will give preference to members with few or no qualifications when allocating these awards. We are also keen to hear from members who are active in their branch. However applications are welcomed from all Schools Support Staff members.

How to apply

Print, complete and return the grant application form to reach UNISON by 25 August 2017. UNISON will consider all applications on that date so that grant criteria can be applied fairly, and let all applicants know the outcome very shortly after that date.

The form includes a section we need to complete here at UNISON Bexley branch so please allow time for this – you can either send us a scanned copy of your completed form, to unison@bexley.gov.uk, or post it to UNISON Bexley branch c/o Bexley Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA6 7AT.

In addition to the conditions mentioned above, the following also apply for receipt of a learning grant:

  1. You must be a member of UNISON for at least 4 weeks prior to applying for an award, have no arrears of subscriptions, and continue to pay membership subscriptions during the time you are supported by an award.
  2. Each member can receive one UNISON learning grant only in each calendar year, up to a maximum of four grants.
  3. Grants will be made at the discretion of the NEC Development & Organising Committee.
  4. The course you wish to study must start in 2017.