Reps’ and professional training
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. Check NUJ Active for new courses & training diary.
Helping you to stay fit and healthy at home and work: this NUJ webinar by Caroline Holmes, sets out ideas and strategies to deal positively with some of the challenges they are facing because of Covid 19. The focus is not just about surviving at work and home, but how to thrive, be productive, and positive throughout this uncertain time. You can watch it on Youtube. Viewer's comment:
"I watched the Caroline Holmes webinar late last night when feeling a bit stressed and uncertain about where we are all headed and it made me feel a lot better, so I’m going to email everyone and recommend they watch it all. Really useful - and lovely that it is so journo-specific in addressing our stresses, sitting in front of our laptops forever, never being done with everything we need to write, get online, tweet, Facebook etc."
SOLAS eCollege, which provides a range of interactive online learning courses, is making them temporarily available free of charge to Irish members.
NUJ Training Scotland is offering more virtual courses which will be delivered through a mixture of on-line material to be completed at your own pace, Zoom interactive sessions at set times and Zoom recorded sessions to be watched at your convenience. An initial list of courses will be launched on Monday 11 May, with further courses to follow: Collaborative leadership; Creative writing – Zoom session; English for journalists; Local trade union history; Writing for the web – Zoom session; Sub-editing online; Media awareness; Health and safety; All you need to know to be a great news writer – Zoom session; Psychological first aid; Filming & editing for i-devices – Zoom session; Defamation – Zoom session. These courses will be available for those living outside Scotland for a fee. For more information or to register interest, contact: email@example.com
The NUJ's courses for would-be and new freelances, First steps in freelancing and Winning and negotiating freelance work will next be taking place in July and October. Go to the events pages for more detaiils.
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.
How to book a place on the NUJ's courses. Select below from professional or trade union training and click on to the course you are interested in. You will be able to book online.
If you need help or more information on Professional training courses email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need help or more information on Trade Union training courses email email@example.com
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.
The NUJ's professional training work is overseen by a professional training committee, Profcom, comprising elected lay members.
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. It'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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about organising a customised training workshop.
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.
With continued funding from the Welsh Government, NUJ Training Wales offers subsidised, practical, hands-on courses in new media and journalism skills.
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:
- 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.