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Friday 6 September

Dear member,

The NUJ has a long and proud tradition of providing trade union and professional training as well as signposting members to useful courses, workshops and webinars. All our training is practical and hands-on and puts reps on a sure footing with employment and equality law as well as negotiating pay and dealing with disputes. We constantly update our offering and that is why we are now launching a new four-stage reps' course which embeds health and safety and equality training. This week's NUJ Active also lists training available across the UK this autumn.

Improve your professional skills or become a rep and make the difference in your workplace. The NUJ is here to help.

Training Special

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NUJ reps’ training event

The NUJ is planning a training and skills event to help reps and workplace and freelance activists share good practice, ideas and expertise on dealing with work issues. More details tbc. As a rep, you should have received this survey. Please complete it, so we can find out your training needs and other ways the union can support you.


New reps’ training programme

Putting together a pay claim, dealing with a bullying manager, creating an active chapel and negotiating a robust house agreement are the skills needed for a successful rep. Reps are the bedrock of the union and the NUJ offers full support and training to help them do their role, recruit more members to lighten the load and provide that collective voice for staff, casuals and freelances working in the media, publishing and PR and communications. That is why the NUJ rep’s training has been revamped this autumn with the three-stage programme extended to four to encompass health and safety and equality modules in a package to meet all the needs of a member representing colleagues and negotiating with employers. Find out more on the NUJ website. You can details of this autumn’s reps’ courses and the courses diary up until September 2020.


NUJ Training Scotland

NUJ Training Scotland offers classroom-based courses by tutors who are all industry practitioners with a wealth of experience of journalism, PR, and digital media for print, video and the web. The online learning portal hosts several courses which can be undertaken at a time and place to suit learners. This autumn’s training schedule includes: TV news production; Get your book published; The entrepreneurial freelance; Feature writing & pitching; Scots Law for Journalists, Adobe Photoshop introduction; Scriptwriting… and more. Contact contact for more information.

NUJ Training Wales

NUJ Training Wales provides practical, subsidised courses taught by industry professionals and funded by the Welsh Government. NUJ members benefit from the lowest fees and some training is free. This autumn’s courses include Shoot & edit on iPhones/iPads; mentoring and coaching; first aid; and strategic communications. There are concise, at-a-glance guides on a wide range of topics, including copyright, defamation and privacy.

Special events

Building your confidence: this workshop on Monday 11 November, in London, will help you to feel more confident when dealing with tricky situations at work. Learning the best way to approach a conversation about pay or work can determine whether the outcome is successful. This session will equip you with some of the skills to get that assignment and be paid what you are worth. It will also look at strategies to deal with sexism at work. Find out more and book your place on the Eventbrite website.

Welfare officer training: the trustees of NUJ Extra, the union's charity for members who have fallen on hard times, is providing a free workshop for welfare officers or would-be welfare officers in London on Friday 27 September. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.



Finance for freelances: this free FEU workshop in London on Monday 16 September for NUJ members based in England will discuss the changes in tax for freelance professionals and help improve financial management and cash flow forecasting. Find out more and book your place on the FEU Training website.

First steps in freelancing: this one-day NUJ course on Friday 11 October, in London, for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so, will provide practical advice on the first steps to gaining commissions, planning, money, tax, legal issues, copyright, licensing, marketing and pensions. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Specialise or Diversify? Come to the Freelance Salon Wales in Cardiff on Saturday 12 October and enjoy a day of professional and social networking, plus advice from experienced journalists in print, TV, radio and the web. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

Freelance Forum, Dublin: there is a new format for this autumn’s forum, a one-day course on Monday 21 October, The freelancer's guide to success and profit. Find out more and how to book on the NUJ website. As there will be only half the number of usual places, make sure you book early.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: this one-day NUJ course on Friday 25 October, in London, for those who have recently gone freelance or want to brush up their skills, will provide ideas and practice on how to win new work and negotiate its terms. Find out more and book your place on the NUJ website.

FEU Training

As an NUJ member based in England, you are eligible to take part in the Federation of Entertainment Unions training programme for creative freelances. The project is funded by the government’s union learning fund. It provides free workshops, webinars, on-line courses and advice and guidance documents. Upcoming free workshops in London will help you improve your: presentation skills; communication techniques; and help diversify your portfolio. A Birmingham workshop will help market your work online.


TUC Education  is a one-stop shop for information, guidance and training for reps. It provides courses, webinars and e-notes on a range of subjects, such as tackling the far right, menopause support in the workplace, mental health, equality law and much more. The TUC’s regional offices run a range of free courses and workshops.

TUC Northern is running an Organising through wellbeing programme and two one-day courses in Leeds on Friday 20 September and Sheffield on Friday 18 October on Combatting the Far Right in Yorkshire. Book your place on the TUC website.

Wales TUC Cymru is holding Making your workplace more inclusive for BME workers in Cardiff on Wednesday 16 October.

TUC London, East and South East is holding its annual health and safety briefing on respiratory health on Friday 27 September.

FOI training

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running a training course on how to make an effective FOI request in London on Thursday 17 October. Find out more and how to book your place on the CFOI website.

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