Training for RCN representatives in Northern Ireland

If you are an RCN representative, you have the opportunity to acquire and further the skills and knowledge you need to fulfil your role through a dedicated learning and development programme.

The programme has three different stages, designed to correspond to your level of experience and knowledge. The foundation module, development module and opportunities for continuing learning and development are described below, along with details of course dates, administration arrangements and nomination forms for each module.

Some of the documents are in PDF format; see how to access PDF files.

Foundation module

If you are a new representative, shortly after you are accredited, you will receive an invitation to go on the next available foundation module course. You will also receive the current edition of A guide to the learning and development pathway for RCN representatives (PDF 2.0MB) and details of your mentor.

Your mentor, usually an RCN officer, will work with you and the learning and development facilitator to provide you with the individualised support you need to become an effective, competent and confident representative. You will need to contact your mentor to introduce yourself and decide how you are going to work together as part of your learning and development programme.

Further information and details of forthcoming foundation module course dates are available in the Northern Ireland information pack 2015 (PDF 201KB)

Development module

Once you have successfully completed the foundation module, you will be able to progress to the development module. Development module courses are specific to your role as an RCN steward, learning representative or safety representative.

You will need to discuss with your mentor which course is most suitable for you. To apply for any of these courses, you need to complete the development module nomination form in the Northern Ireland information pack 2015 (PDF 201KB). The pack includes details of all development module course dates that are available.

The form should be signed off by your RCN officer and returned to Cathy Pugh, Learning and Development Facilitator, RCN, 17 Windsor Avenue, Belfast BT9 6EE. You will then receive a letter confirming your place and further information about the course.

Continuing learning and development

Experienced representatives can undertake continuing learning and development through learning events, advanced skills workshops and other opportunities. Dates can be found in the Northern Ireland information pack 2015 (PDF 201KB). Topics will be confirmed nearer the time and you will be sent further information along with an application form.  

All experienced stewards will be invited to attend advanced skills workshops and will be sent information the dates and venues, along with an application form. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please send in your application once you receive it to avoid disappointment.

Additional information for representatives

Where the RCN has a recognition agreement, accredited representatives have a legal entitlement to reasonable paid time off for trade union duties, including learning and development. All course costs will be met by the RCN, including meals and travel, if you meet the criteria outlined in the RCN Expenses policy and guidance (PDF 206KB). If you are unable to take up a place on a course you have booked, please contact the coure administrator immediately so that we can offer the place to another person or avoid paying significant cancellation charges.