Training opportunities

Training opportunities

A range of training is available to school and TAFE members where trade union training (TUT) leave can be claimed.

Trade union training leave

Application and conditions for TUT leave:

TUT leave is paid leave to attend SSTUWA short courses relevant to the public sector or the role of union representatives.

The employer is to grant paid leave of absence to attend similar courses or seminars approved by agreement between the union and department.

The granting of leave is subject to the operation of the school/college not being unduly affected and to the convenience of the employer.

TUT leave may be granted up to a maximum of five days paid leave per calendar year. Time in excess of five days and up to 10 days may be approved in any one calendar year, however the total leave being granted in that year and the subsequent year cannot exceed 10 days.

Schools TUT leave requirements

When a person in a school has permission to attend any course listed on the Industrial Relations Advice
No 5 of 2019 as approved Trade Union Training leave the following should be noted:

Staff should:

  1. Submit an application to attend Trade Union Training to the principal four weeks prior to the event.
  2. Provide the principal/DoE with a copy of the course registration.
  3. Be nominated by the SSTUWA under the “nominated audience” for the course.

The schools will not be charged for the salary of the staff member attending the training on that day/s. The salary for that person will be covered by the DoE and not taken from the school’s one line budget.

When processing TUT leave applications, ensure staff attending training have selected TUT Leave in HRMIS. Project code 1471 will be generated within the payment system.

If the school requires a relief teacher to cover the staff member attending training, then the school will pay the salary of that relief teacher. This is funded from the school’s one line budget.

Schools are not liable for any expenses associated with the employee attending the Trade Union Training itself. This includes costs of travel, parking, lunches, etc. Any expenses related to attendance must be borne by the employee attending or the union.

TAFE TUT leave requirements

To comply with TUT leave requirements applicants must:

  • Submit applications to manager through your normal leave application process. You will be applying for Trade Union Training Leave of 7.5 hours per day.
  • Provide manager with the details of the subject, date, venue and authority conducting the course (the SSTUWA course registration).
  • Be nominated by the SSTUWA under the “nominated audience” for the course.
  • Meet the qualifying period of 12 months service before a member is eligible for TUT leave.
Industrial and professional education and training for women

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Women’s contact officer training – Schools and TAFE (TUT)

The SSTUWA women’s contact officer has a key leadership role in the workplace.

This two day course will provide WCOs with the knowledge and skills needed to support, advise and advocate for individual members and the branch on gender and equity issues.

Participants will:

  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of the women’s contact officer.
  • Develop skills and knowledge needed to represent, manage and lead members.
  • Build confidence in dealing with gender and equity related matters.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of equal opportunity issues.
  • Unpack the women’s contact officer handbook.

Women’s contact officers are strongly encouraged to attend this course which will help them in their role.

Anna Stewart program (TUT)

The Anna Stewart Memorial Project is a UnionsWA coordinated training program specifically for women to give them an insight into how unions operate and how they can be more active in their union. This is a five day course.

Assertiveness for women in the workplace – Schools and TAFE (TUT)

This one day course is designed to develop the skills and confidence of women members enabling them to effectively implement assertiveness skills in a range of situations and in doing so enhance the proactive leadership role within the workplace.

Participants will:

  • Identify assertive and non-assertive behaviours.
  • Reflect, analyse and monitor their own behaviours.
  • Explore how to approach conflict constructively.
  • Share and practice a range of assertive communication techniques.
  • Explore situations where it is difficult to behave assertively and develop strategies to manage them effectively.
SSTUWA Women’s Conference (TUT)

This is an annual one day event for SSTUWA women. It provides an opportunity to listen to motivating speakers, participate in workshops and network with SSTUWA women. Social justice and gender equity issues are usually key areas of focus.

AEU Federal Women’s Conference

This is an annual two day event usually held in October at the Australian Education Union office in Melbourne. This is an opportunity for delegates to be part of a wider decision making body and have an impact on the direction of issues affecting women educators.

Rosemary Richards Award (AEU Federal scholarship)

This prestigious scholarship of $10,000 is available to one AEU woman member annually. This scholarship is aimed to extend women members’ experiences and participation at all levels of the AEU by supporting initiatives such as the design and implementation of a discrete project, the establishment of a work shadowing arrangement or mentoring arrangement, research or study experiences, formal and/or informal training and development.

Updated March 2019