Organiser Pathway Level 3 - Organising for Change

Organiser Pathway Level 3 - Organising for Change

Suitable for: This course is for organisers with some experience (2 – 3 years) who have completed levels one and two (or equivalent) of the Pathway.

Purpose: The Organising for Change course is to ensure that organisers apply critical thinking on complex issues and confidently develop leadership and organisation in difficult situations. It requires organisers to think at system level and to identify the impact of ideas and assumptions in maintaining inequity. This course explores Work Health and Safety and Equity legislation and introduces the elements in effective campaign planning.

Learning outcomes: At the end of Organising for Change participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate storytelling as a means to educate, engage and activate;
  • Analyse power, discrimination and inequality in terms of behaviour, systems and ideas with different tools of analysis;
  • Identify underlying, systems based problems in reference to WHS;
  • Discuss the purpose and power of WHS representatives;
  • Research and assess a workplace in terms of WHS structures and in terms of diversity;
  • Assess WHS issues in terms of risks, hazards and control mechanisms;
  • Establish union WHS structures;
  • Identify processes to engage members and potential members in resolving WHS issues;
  • Identify strategies to work effectively with groups in organising committees;
  • Reframe the economy and unions and conduct an induction based on this understanding;
  • Use a renaming process as an educational tool to challenge the existing status quo;
  • Identify the elements in effective campaigns and the importance of strategy or a plan to win;
  • Conduct an attitudinal analysis and demonstrate effective skills in shifting attitudes;
  • Identify the role of social media in communication, networking and mobilising;
  • Develop leader’s capacity to build unity in the face of division;
  • Plan for diversity.

Structure: This course is structured as 3 + 3 days with a two-staged organising project. There are components of Online learning to reinforce the elements taught face to face.

Coaching and Mentoring: The transfer of skills and knowledge from this course requires that participants are supported in completing a workplace based campaigning plan ensuring they are using the most appropriate methods in these campaign plans, the implementation of this plan will provide an important opportunity for ongoing supported development. Participants should be challenged to incorporate WHS as a key component of their organising plans and to develop WHS representatives. These organisers should be asked to consider questions of diversity in their workplaces and supported in developing inclusive strategies.