The NUJ is committed to providing members with the advice and skills they need to pursue a successful career in the media, or act as an effective union rep.
The NUJ runs a wide range of skills-development programmes. Along with careers advice, we run courses from feature writing to web design to multi-platform courses using all the latest digital technologies.
By working closely with members, prominent industry bodies, universities and colleges, we can provide a wide array of courses that are topical and tailored to the needs of journalists today.
The NUJ’s professional training work is overseen by a professional training committee, Profcom, comprising elected lay members.
The NUJ is committed to providing high-quality training for its reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation on behalf of members.
The NUJ offers a range of practical trade union training courses – all free to members.
All representatives, experienced and new, are encouraged to get trained, enabling the union to increase its effectiveness within the industry for the benefit of all members.
Customised training workshops
The NUJ can organise bespoke training for groups of members, chapels or branches when there is no specific course available to meet their needs.
Each workshop focuses on the topics most relevant to the individual branch, such as introducing new members to the workings of the NUJ and exploring the advantages of being a member.
Contact email@example.com to inquire about organising a customised training workshop.
NUJ Training Scotland
The Scottish office has developed its own programme to enable chapel officers to handle grievance and disciplinary hearings. NUJ Training Scotland offers training and retraining in technical, language and union activities.
For the full range of courses offered in Scotland, both online and through organised training events, contact the Scottish office for more information.
NUJ Training Wales
With continued funding from the Welsh Government, NUJ Training Wales offers subsidised, practical, hands-on courses in new media and journalism skills.
General Federation of Trade Unions
We are also affiliated to the General Federation of Trade Unions, and members can attend their trade union and professional courses. You can download its latest schedule of training courses from its website.
The Trade Union Congress has a complete list of all TUC education courses for reps and officers. You can search the TUC's course directory.
Federation of Entertainment Unions
The FEU runs a range of courses which are available to NUJ members. List of courses on the FEU website.
Training in Ireland
The People's College for Continuing Education and Training in Ireland is a voluntary body set up in 1948 to provide workers' education. It continues to offer general adult education - languages, social political studies, literature, art appreciation and cultural activities – as well as personal development and communication skills for trade unionists, their families and the general public.
The college is part of the European Workers’ Education movement which emphasises education for democracy. This involves creating a space where workers can study, reflect on, and react to their continually changing society as well as develop their intellectual, social and creative potential. An integral part of the system is the participation of the students in the decision-making process and organisational structures of the college.
The People's College organises courses in the following areas:
- arts, music creativity
- social studies
- environment/nature studies
- personal development social skills
Search the range of courses offered by People's College.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) supports the development of trade unions on the island of Ireland by providing a range of union education programmes for full-time and part-time workplace representatives. You can search for courses and trainers on their website.
Union learning representatives
During the past decade and longer, learning reps – known as union learning advisers – have helped thousands of union members throughout the UK to improve their lives through providing and supporting skills development and lifelong learning.
Unionlearn is the TUC's education and skills organisation which brings together unions and employers to help drive forward learning in the workplace and improve the nation's skills. You can order free materials, search the publications area and download copies and get free, expert advice on your learning and career options.