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12 December 2018

Reps’ training

The NUJ’s three-stage reps' programme will make you fully prepared to take on the role of a union rep.

NUJ reps’ stage 1: this is the first stage of the three-part NUJ reps' training programme. Next dates in the new year are Thursday 28 to Friday 29 March.

NUJ reps’ stage 2: this builds on the knowledge and skills needed to support and represent members at meetings. Next dates are: Thursday 24 to Friday 25 January.

NUJ reps’ stage 3: this is the last stage of the NUJ programme and is for reps who have done Stages 1 and 2; the next dates are Tuesday 5th to Wednesday 6th February.

Health & Safety stage 1: whether or not you are a health and safety rep, the course will help you understand the importance of the H&S rep’s role in a chapel or branch. Next date Thursday 7 March.

NUJ equality reps’ training: this course is for all NUJ reps who want to ensure that equality is promoted within their branches and chapels. It will include a session from Natasha Morris, the NUJ's legal & equality officer, on how to put together an equal pay claim. This course can be done by any rep; you don't have to, or want to be, an equality rep. Next date: Thursday 21 March.

The full list of reps’ training courses for 2019 can be found on the NUJ website.

NUJ Training Scotland

NUJ Training Scotland has a full programme of funded training opportunities for members in the new year:

Brand me: confidence skills for self-employment. Former BBC Radio Scotland producer Mairi Damer shares techniques and tips to help you build confidence and the self-promotion skills required to survive and thrive in the world of self-employment. Tuesday 15 January.

Feature Writing & Pitching: learn the principles and actions behind successful features. This course covers writing with style for professional publications, how to conduct interviews, pitch your ideas and understand your audience. Wednesday 16 January.

GDPR (Dundee): this half-day session will help you get to grips with the new data protection regime and its implications for journalism, including considerations of data sharing, consent, information security, data subject rights and issues relating to photography. Friday 18 January.

Collaborative Leadership: this course was developed to combat poor management practices, including hierarchical management structures, misogynistic attitudes and poor people management. It has a psychologist and an expert in non-violent methods of conflict resolution as tutors and is designed to create nurturing, supportive environments for those working in the creative industries. Wednesday 23 January.                          

The Effective Freelance: this course covers all skills needed to be a successful freelance, including the financial aspects of being self-employed; breaking into new markets; establishing terms; chasing payment; improving returns; specialist journalism; handling money; tax and deductible expenses and copyright. Friday 25 January.

DSLR Filming & Editing: this is a two-day intensive introduction to video content for multiplatform delivery and learners will look at all aspects of moving from stills to video. Friday 25 & Saturday 26 January.  

New Models of Journalism: this one-day session will give you the ideas, resources and practical examples you need to explore new ways of doing journalism, from reader-owned and non-hierarchical models to the latest tools and techniques for developing a two-way relationship with your audience that pays. Thursday 31 January.                 

InDesign introduction:  this will cover the fundamentals of InDesign applied to newspaper and magazine production. Learners will be able to draw up pages for publication, apply their sub-editing skills using QXP and import and manipulate images. Tuesday 5 February.                  

For full course outlines go the Scottish training website or to book a place, please contact

NUJ Training Wales

NUJ Training Wales will continue its work into 2019 and beyond. The new How to get started in Podcasting course has sold out in record time, so look out for more podcasting courses coming soon. Consultant David Banks will be returning to Cardiff to deliver a two-day media law course in partnership with Cardiff Met University. The training team will be touring around Wales for the annual Social Media Roadshow with Emma Meese from the Centre for Community Journalism in February and Richard Speight, project manager and digital literacy tutor, will be delivering practical workshops on digital collaboration and productivity for journalists in March. The new, three-year Wales Union Learning Fund project kicks off in April with a Technology & Journalism conference at Bangor University, followed by providing a programme of learning opportunities covering industry skills, mental health and wellbeing, new business support and equalities. Find out about more events and to get access to a range of resources for journalists and communication workers, go to the Welsh training website.

New equality and diversity e-course

This course developed by the Federation of Entertainment Unions shows how unions play a crucial role in achieving equality of opportunity for all. By the end of this course, you will have a better idea of:

  • What equality means, including the protected characteristics under the Equality Act, 2010.
  • Types of discrimination and what you can do about discrimination.
  • What diversity means, why it is important and positive actions to support diversity.
  • What unconscious bias means.
  • Union activity that facilitates equality and diversity.

Find out more by enrolling on the FEU website. You will need your NUJ membership number.

Professional training

First Steps in Freelancing: this one-day course for those who are thinking about going freelance, or have recently done so, will provide practical advice on: getting your first commission and payment; planning your budget and pension; tax and legal issues; copyright and licensing; and pitching and negotiating. This course is held at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB and dates for 2019 are Friday 22 March and Friday 11 October.

Winning and negotiating freelance work: freelances must win and negotiate their own work, but this doesn't come naturally to many journalists. This one-day course, 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 and will be held at NUJ HQ, Headland House, 72 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NB. The next dates for 2019 are  Friday 5 April and Friday 25 October.

You can find out more details and how to book these courses on the NUJ website.

TUC Education

TUC Education is the one-stop-shop for reps. Its website provides online courses and a range of eNotes covering advice on subjects such as dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace to employment law. The TUC runs a programme of webinars and local events and workshops for reps. Sign up to TUC Education to take part and read NUJ Active for dates in 2019.

TUC Education has a full programme in various locations in England from January, including:

  • Union Reps Stage 1
  • Employment Law Certificate
  • Health and Safety Stage 1
  • Next Steps for Safety Reps
  • Union Learning Reps
  • Social Media and Trade Unions
  • Mental Health Awareness

Coming soon...Menopause Awareness one-day workshop and Menopause in the Workplace three-day course.

Full list of courses and locations.

Freedom of Information requests

Do you want to learn how to use the Freedom of Information Act? Are you already using the Act, but want to know more about how key provisions are being interpreted? This Campaign for Freedom of Information course on Tuesday 29 January in London will show you how to draft clear and effective requests. Find out more and how to book on the CFOI website.

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