Reps' training: exciting new courses including equality reps training, training in advanced negotiating skills and advanced representation have been added to a busy schedule of free courses this year to help reps in their role. The union also offers: employment law updates; courses in health and safety; organising and recruitment; how to deal with bullying and harassment; and how to become confident in giving speeches. More details, dates and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.
First steps in freelancing: This one-day course on Friday 9 February in London is for those thinking about going freelance or have recently done so and will provide practical advice on getting your first commission, planning, money, tax, legal issues, copyright, licensing, pitching and negotiating. More information and how to book can be found on the NUJ website.
NUJ Training Scotland: whether it is social media, filming for i-devices, feature writing, pitching for work, writing for the web, travel writing, blogging or Adobe Photoshop introduction, there are plenty of training opportunities listed on the Scottish training website, including online courses.
NUJ Training Wales: there are courses on opportunities in television; mentoring and coaching; filming and editing on an iPhone/iPad; data journalsim; and on Tuesday 6 March at ITV Wales, Cardiff, Reporting on Violence Against Women in Wales. The full list of courses and dates can be found on the Welsh training website.
Free workshops: sign on at the Federation of Entertainment Unions' training website and as a member of the NUJ you will be able to take part a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses to help your work as a freelance, including setting your goals for the year ahead, blogging for creative freelances and 5 strategies for success. Find out more from the FEU training website.
Using the FOI Act: this practical course on Wednesday 7 February in London is designed to help campaigners, researchers, journalists and others make effective use of their rights under the Freedom of Information Act and parallel environmental information regulations. Find out more and how to book on the CFOI website.
Social media masterclass: the TUC is holding a free morning workshop in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 31 January to help trade union reps, officers and members to improve communication through social media. For more information and to register, go to the TUC website. A similar workshop on communicating online will take place in Bristol on Thursday 8 February. You can register here.
Mental health awareness, an introduction: TUC Education and TUC South West are offering a free workshop in Plymouth on Friday 2 February for trade union officers and reps interested in developing their understanding of this complex issue. More information on the day and how to register can be found on the TUC website.
Tackling bullying in the workplace: this free TUC briefing for trade union reps, officers and members on Tuesday 6 February in Newcastle upon Tyne will help learners challenge and report inappropriate behaviour while complying with company policies and procedures. Find out more on the TUC website.
Stepping up - women in leadership: this NOCN level 2 course, delivered free by the TUC, is for women who want to develop their leadership positions in the trade union movement or build their CV skills to advance to leadership roles in their organisation or community. It will take place at the TUC’s northern region over five days between February and September. More information and how to apply can be found on the TUC website.
Get trained in journalism by the Bristol Cable Media Lab: this free programme is for aspiring journalists and those who want to use communication, research and journalistic storytelling to create a better world. Find out more on the Bristol Cable website. The deadline for applications is 9.00 Monday 12 February.