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CWU Health and Safety Degree Course

26 July 2009

Health and safety is a crucial part of trade union work and one of the key pillars of what our movement is all about. CWU Safety Representatives can now study to degree level with the union.

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This move has added a further element to the CWU's excellent health, safety and environment training programme for our safety reps

CWU Safety Representatives can enhance their skills and knowledge that in turn will provide the union with representatives even better equipped to make a change in workers' conditions. The degree course pathway has special features of both a professional and an academic focus, linking theory and practice.

The Union will support a number of students in a programme of part-time, flexible distance learning that may lead to a certificate in higher education, a diploma or a full degree, from London Metropolitan University. These programmes are designed specifically for trade unionists and full support will be provided for students who are returning to learn for the first time.

Applicants should normally have completed the CWU Health and Safety 1, 2 and 3 courses and it will be an advantage if they have also completed the CWU Occupational Health and Safety Further Education certificate. Depending on student preferences the course may last from 1 to 5 years. The programme of study will require students to attend a number of short residential block courses each year supplemented by distance learning with tutor support. This programme of study does not lead to a technical qualification in Health and Safety, and has a strong trade union focus.