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Young members in UCU
Welcome to our brand new webpage for young UCU members. This page is designed to be an easily accessible 'one stop shop' for young members who want to get more active in the union and also to provide members at the start of their careers with useful professional support and career development resources.
The best start to your career in education:
UCU provides a range of professional development resources designed for younger members including our Early Careers Guide for New Staff which explains what to expect when you start work, how to get the most out of your career and what to do if things go wrong. We also campaign for better access to training, professional development and support for new staff in colleges and universities using tools such as the UCU Early Careers Charter.
Your union - make a difference with UCU:
It's a really healthy sign that UCU has a growing membership of younger people with membership among this group now growing faster than any other. However we still need more young members to get active. The best way to get involved is through your branch. A local committee will always welcome offers of help. You can also join our Early Careers Network and receive a monthly bulletin with news, events and new resources for members at the start of their career in further or higher education (contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register). We have a range of recruitment and information materials aimed at younger FE and HE staff here.
Early careers training
In 2010 we piloted a series of 'Early Careers' courses aimed at younger and new staff and the response was fantastic with all events well over-subscribed and a clear demand for future training opportunities. So we're now delighted to be able to offer this new package of courses for Spring 2012:
You can register for any of these courses here
Younger people under attack:
It's now clear that the recession and Con-Dem government cuts programme are hitting Britain's young people the hardest. The cuts facing further and higher education will not only devastate the level of provision and diversity of post-16 education but could mean thousands of redundancies in colleges and universities, with younger staff, often in casualised and vulnerable employment, in the front line. UCU is fighting hard to protect jobs and defend education but in order to build the collective strength necessary to do this we need more younger members of staff to join.
We are also encouraging our branches to hold special meetings for younger staff who are concerned about the education cuts and we have a range of resources and information to support this here.
See also: UCU Young Members' Conference