NUJ training

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 has suspended office-based reps' training in light of the Covid-19 situation and has launched a range of online courses related to the present crisis, the reps' training programme, health and safety and professional development workshops via Zoom.

Email [email protected] for any queries concerning training. Bespoke workshops are available for chapels and branches on request.

Professional training

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. The courses can also help you launch yourself as a freelance, enhance your negotiating skills and help you manage your finances.

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.

First Steps in Freelancing, 15 October 2021

15 October 2021

First Steps in Freelancing, 15 October 2021

This one-day course, for those who are thinking about going freelance or have recently done so, will provide you with practical advice on your first s...

Professional training
 Winning and negotiating freelance work, 29 October 2021

29 October 2021

Winning and negotiating freelance work, 29 October 2021

This one-day course is for those who have recently gone freelance or want to brush up their skills, will provide ideas and practice on how to win new ...

Professional training

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Trade union training

The NUJ is committed to providing free, high-quality training for its reps, a crucial factor in building effective union representation on behalf of members. The union offers a range of practical trade union training courses – all free to members.

The union's four-stage programme shows how to put together a pay claim, deal with a bullying manager, create an active chapel, negotiate a robust house agreement and all the skills needed to be a successful rep.

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.

The NUJ Trade Union Training Programme has been re-written to take into account the way we are now living and working during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

All trade union training dates at a glance

Greening our workplaces: green skills' for trade unionists

9 – 23 September 2021

Greening our workplaces: green skills' for trade unionists

This three-day course focuses on the practical skills needed to develop union-led sustainability initiatives in the workplace.

Trade union training
Reps' Training Stage 3, 28 September 2021

28 September 2021

Reps' Training Stage 3, 28 September 2021

Putting together a pay claim, dealing with a bullying manager, creating an active chapel and negotiating a robust house agreement are among the skills...

Trade union training
NUJ organising & recruitment training, 29 September 2021

29 September 2021

NUJ organising & recruitment training, 29 September 2021

This course is for reps who want to develop membership engagement and activity in their branch or chapel. It is an opportunity to share ideas and good...

Trade union training

Your handy guide to NUJ reps' training

Unions have a long and proud tradition of delivering education and training and today the NUJ plays a major role providing reps with the information and tools they need to recruit and organise in the media industry, provide members with advice, represent them when problems arise and negotiate with employers.

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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 protected] to inquire about organising a customised training workshop.

NUJ Training Scotland

NUJ Training Scotland offers a full range of professional courses and skills training. They offer in-class practical training courses for individuals, both NUJ members and non-members, throughout the year and these can be offered at different locations.

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.

TUC Education

The Trade Union Congress has a complete list of all TUC Education courses for reps and officers. You can search the TUC Education course directory.

Federation of Entertainment Unions

The FEU runs a range of free workshops, webinars and online courses which are available to NUJ members. List of courses and free workshops 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:

  • languages
  • 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 the ICTU Training website.