Union Women Officers Summer School inspires ideas and builds confidence

Each year TUC Education organises a Summer School for union women professionals. The summer school offers a unique opportunity to hear from senior women officers about their careers and experiences in the trade union movement, to share and discuss concerns with women MPs and to learn professional presentation skills.

This year’s school ran from 11th to 15th July, and was fully booked up in advance.

Jackie Williams, TUC Education Manager explained:

What makes this week really special are the touches that bring delegates together from many different unions and the host of professional women presenters giving up-to-the-minute information and guidance on employment and equality law, the economy and pay bargaining and key issues that affect women trade unionists."

WOSS at Parliment ©Private

The school has become a very successful initiative and included a social event to help attendees get to know each other and the areas they work in, along with a visit to Parliament to help people gain an understanding of how government and parliamentary procedure works.

The school once again proved very popular with delegates.

Victoria Taylor, a National Officer with the FDA union, felt that the school was “life-changing” and had built her confidence to represent and support members, as well as giving her a lot of ideas.

After the school finished Victoria said:

I’ve had the best week! Both personally and professionally. I feel inspired and incredibly supported – I’ve not been able to sleep all week, I’ve just been so excited and have had too many big ideas floating around my head. 

The women on the course have also been incredible and I couldn’t have wished for a better group of people."

Jessica Webb, Equal Opportunities Officer with the RMT union added that the week had been “really inspirational and so much more fun than I had expected."

Whilst Christine Barnett from ATL praised the quality of teaching and said:

The tutor pitched her teaching at the right level and was engaging, materials were appropriate and the course was good simulation for discussions between us – all something to take back to the workplace. I thoroughly enjoyed it."

Plans are already being made for next year’s summer school and details will be available early in 2017.