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Welcome to BCGEU's education events page. Below you'll find education events in your area and around BC. 

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  • Area 12 Online Stewards Fundamentals Training

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 09:00 AM through July 22, 2020
    The comfort of your own home in Your City, BC, Canada

    ARE YOU A NEW STEWARD?

    We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. As time has passed on with social distancing still in effect, it has been decided that we will start doing some training sessions using Microsoft Teams.

    In order to participate, you will need access to a laptop or tablet and have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser. We will also need your current home email address.

    As in the past, you will still be eligible for a leave of absence that needs approval from your supervisor. This means that you would be paid your regular wage, if you are scheduled to work that day, and the Union will reimburse your employer.

    We will be putting together packages and mailing them to your home address (or your address of choice) in order for you to have material to follow along with.

     If this is something you are interested in, please let use the link to register. At this time, the session will be limited to 8 people and participants will be able to attend on a first come, first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email area12@bcgeu.ca.

  • Area 11 - Steward Fundamentals

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 09:00 AM through July 23, 2020
    The comfort of your own home in Prince George, BC, Canada

    Are you a new Steward?

    We hope everyone is healthy and staying safe. As time has passed on with social distancing still in effect, it has been decided that we will start doing some training sessions using Microsoft Teams. 

    In order to participate, you will need access to a laptop or tablet and have either Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your internet browser. We will also need your current home email address.

    As in the past, you will still be eligible for a leave of absence that needs approval from your supervisor. This means that you would be paid your regular wage, if you are scheduled to work that day, and the Union will reimburse your employer.

    We will be putting together packages and mailing them to your home address (or your address of choice) in order for you to have material to follow along with.

    If this is something you are interested in, please let use the link to register. At this time, the session will be limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. We will be happy to schedule another session if there are more registrants than spaces.

  • Area 03 STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

    Wednesday, September 09, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

    STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected and returning stewards will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

  • Area 05 STEP UP!

    Wednesday, September 09, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    Kamloops Area Office in Kamloops, BC, Canada

    STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected and returning stewards will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

    Paid leaves from work, accommodation and travel, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. 

  • Area 03 Steward Fundamentals 2-Day Course

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 09:00 AM through September 30, 2020
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    · A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

    · Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

    · Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.

  • Area 06 - STEP UP!!

    Tuesday, October 06, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    STEP UP!, our new introductory, one-day course for members and stewards, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to get started with the BCGEU. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for tackling challenges back at work. You will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to connect with your co-workers.

     A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

     Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

     Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.

  • Area 06 - Steward Fundamentals

    Wednesday, October 07, 2020 at 09:00 AM through October 08, 2020
    BCGEU in Williams Lake, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focusses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident and effective in their role and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

     A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

     Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

     Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.

  • Area 05 Steward Fundamentals Two-Day Course

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 09:00 PM through October 22, 2020
    Kamloops Area Office in Kamloops, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals, our new introductory 2-day course, focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through interactive group activities, role-plays, and skills development, stewards are introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident and effective in their role and skillful in their interactions with members and the Employer.

    Paid leaves from work, accommodation and travel, if required, will be paid for by the Union. Lunch will be provided for the days you are in class. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions. 

  • Area 03 STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 09:00 AM
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    STEP UP: An intro to the BCGEU for newly elected and returning stewards

    STEP UP, our new introductory, one-day course, will introduce you to the BCGEU, explore our common values, union culture, and our diverse community of members. Through stories of solidarity and courage, you will gain the strength and support you need to begin your journey as a new or returning steward. Along the way, you will learn about your fundamental union rights and useful union tools and strategies for getting started in your role. Newly elected and returning stewards will leave feeling more informed, confident and ready to support a member through a Step 1 grievance. This course is the first step on our new learning pathway for stewards.

  • Area 03 Steward Fundamentals 2-Day Course

    Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 09:00 AM through October 29, 2020
    BCGEU Lower Mainland Area Office in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Steward Fundamentals is a two-day foundation-level course for all stewards. It focuses on the essential skills every steward needs to know. Through discussion and interactive group activities, you will be introduced to the key roles and responsibilities of a steward as advocate, educator, organizer and communicator. Stewards will leave feeling more confident, effective in their role, and skillful in their interactions with members and the employer. 

    This course is for elected stewards and local officers who have not previously taken the Basic Steward Training in the past five years. We recommend that stewards and local officers take the one-day STEP UP course before taking Steward Fundamentals.

    · A union-paid leave-of-absence is provided for this course.

    · Travel, meals and accommodation, if required, are also provided.

    · Reasonable child and/or other dependent care expenses may be reimbursed.