UNISON Centre – Learning and Workforce Development Officer X2

As the leading public services trade union in the UK and biggest public service union in Europe, we’re committed to improving the working lives of our 1.3 million members. If you share that aim and have experience of supporting effective learner–centred education programmes relevant to an organising trade union, you can make a real contribution to our organisation.
Starting salary
£48,751 per annum incl. London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
22 April 2021
Contract type
Full time
Contract length
1x Permanent 1x Fixed Term maternity cover up to 1 year
ORE/7 & ORE/9T

About this job

Learning and Organising Services currently we have two Learning and Workforce Development Officer Posts that we are seeking enthusiastic and motivated candidates to apply for:

You will support the development and delivery of a range of learning programmes relevant to personal development, skills development and union organising, to help ensure that UNISON members have the skills and confidence they need to participate in adult learning, union activity and community activity. That includes giving relevant professional educational support to union staff and lay members at all levels, from the UNISON Centre to regions and local branches, and working in partnership with employers and educational providers.

With knowledge of adult learning in its various forms, workplace and community, formal and informal, and with a strong understanding of union organising, you’ll have the experience to enable you to develop, deliver and manage learning opportunities for key target groups. You will be well organised with the ability to work in a team and able to take lead responsibility for projects. You will have excellent communications, time management and IT skills.   Most important, you’ll be committed to integrating our aims, values and policies into all areas of our learning and organising work.

Travel across the UK with occasional weekend working and overnight stays will be required.


How to apply

To apply for this opportunity please download and complete the General application form (under “Documents”). See job description and person specification (under “Documents”)

Please note that only the General application form will be accepted.

Please send a copy of the completed application form along with the Recruitment and Disability monitoring form by email to s.thompson2@unison.co.uk quoting the correct reference number:

  • ORE/8 for the Permanent Contract
  • ORE/9T for the Temporary maternity cover up to 1 year

Closing date for receiving applications is Thursday 22 April at 5pm.

It is proposed to hold interviews on Tuesday 25 May and Thursday 27 May via Microsoft Teams

Shortlisted candidates will be advised week commencing 10 May 2021 that they have been successful and invited to attend an interview on either Tuesday 25 or Thursday 27 May 2021.



UNISON is the UK’s leading public services trade union, with over 1.3 million members working in the public sector, private, voluntary and community sectors and in the energy services. We employ approximately 1,200 staff, with around 370 at our national centre in Euston in central London and the remainder in our 12 regions across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

UNISON is a dynamic, progressive union, committed to equality. We encourage men and women of all ages, Black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to work with us.

Disability Confident Committed
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