From the TUC

Welcome Organising Academy Class of 2009

25 Sep 2008, By

With the Year 10 graduation well and truly celebrated last Tuesday, it was time to welcome in the Year 11 Academy Organisers

Back Row left to right:  Neil Singh (CWU)  Richard Edwards (PCS)  Sam Harrison (NASUWT)  Robert Goddard (Wales TUC)  Pavel Krajca (CWU)

Middle Row left to right:  Joanna Sinclair (EIS)  Sarah Connolly (CWU)  Kath Clarke (NASUWT)  Daniel Krzyszczak (TUC Northern Region)

Front Row left to right then centre:  Nell Andrew (NUT)  Lizzie Woods (PCS)  Rachel Hanson (Community)  Ryan Slaughter (Community)  Margaret Wotherspoon (Community)

All 14 of this year’s sponsored trainees attended their induction at Congress House earlier this week and were given the opportunity to find out more about the exciting skills, techniques and strategies they will learn as well as some of the challenges they will come up against….

I also ran a concurrent session for their coaches over the year and for the first time brought them all together for specific sessions on the second day.

All of my colleagues on the National Organising and Recruitment Team were involved in running sessions with both the organisers and their coaches: Tom Mellish, Organising Policy Officer (Health & Safety), Carl Roper, National Consultancy and Training Officer (Organising) and Paul Nowak, National Organiser.

In addition to the Organising Academy induction, there was also a briefing being run by my colleague, Carl Roper for all the tutors involved in the exciting new Activist Academy – pilots starting soon!

We also spent alot of time finalising arrangements for our International Conference – Building Stronger Unions: Organising the Future, 14 October 2008 in Congress House

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As usual, an incredibly busy week for the ORT team!