Reps training is back

Pat Devery
Professional Engagement Coordinator

After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, due in no small part to the critical teacher shortages, Reps trainingis back.

The revamped course provides valuable information for Reps including exploring where employees secure their working rights, how to effectively support individual members, and activating and organising your chapter.

New Reps’ Handbook

As part of the training the Reps have been reviewing draft versions of the new Reps Handbook which has now been finalised and circulated to Reps. From providing suggestions on planning Chapter meetings and visits from your IEU organiser to practical advice on how to support members in a meeting, this handbook will provide a valuable resource for all current and aspiring Reps.

To date Reps’ training courses have been run in the North West, North Coast, Southern Suburbs, South Coast, Landsdowne, Central West, and Monaro Sub Branches and below is a sample of the feedback from some very satisfied Reps:

“Loved it! My first training day and I couldn’t have asked a for a better start to my time as a Rep.”

“It was fantastic to be involved and to become more informed.”

“As a school support officer member and Rep for our school I found today very informative and helped me understand problems facing our members, especially teachers, and how to assist them. Well done.”

“I found the day really useful in answering questions and my next steps as a union Rep and how to best support my members. Thank you.”

“Thanks to all the IEU staff for a well organised, informative, and educational day. Great discussion and nice to see so many Reps here.”

“Thank you. Most worthwhile! Enjoyed the collegiality.”

“Thank you for a great day’s training. It is always good to have knowledge refreshed for confidence building.”

“Very useful and motivating to be a Rep. The ‘how to deal with situations’ was very helpful and eye-opening!”

“Passion and knowledge from presenters and organisers present is clearly evident – made me feel inspired to speak out and up in my school.”

“A very informative and very interesting way to present the issues that most of us need to know about. Keeping doing the good job.”

“A great day. Thank you for supporting us country Reps. It was very informative.”

We appreciate that some of the dates this year were somewhat hastily scheduled, preventing several Reps from attending. For 2024 we will return to the process of scheduling the training days on the calendar well in advance.

Pat DeveryProfessional Engagement Coordinator