Activist Academy Pilots underway
The first pilot course of the Activist Academy, a new programme launched by the TUC and unionlearn, got underway at Lewisham College in London yesterday.
The Activist Academy was launched at Congress last week and aims to train 1000 reps and activists in organising, recruitment and campaigning skills over the next three years. The Activist Academy is being piloted in three TUC regions and will be rolled out nationally in early 2009.
I called in on the second day of the pilot programme and spoke with the reps and with Rossina Harris, Trade Union Education Course Co-ordinator at Lewisham College who is leading the training. Rossina told me that she’d been impresed by the enthusiasm of the reps on the programme towards both the training and the organising projects that they will take they skills they learn back to.
The next pilot starts in the Yorkshire and the Humber TUC Region next week at East Riding College, Hull.
More information on the Activist Academy and the unions who signed up to support it, can be found here.