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November, 2019

18NovAll Day22GFTU Shop Stewards Stage 2Application Deadline: 18th October

18Nov10:00 am5:00 pmT.U.M.P Management Communication ModuleApplication Deadline: 25th October 2019

22NovAll Day24Young Member Development Weekend

25NovAll Day29GFTU Health and Safety Stage 2Application Deadline: 25th October

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New Union rep (stage 1) training as part of our ❄Winter Course Programme❄

Course 1 – December 9/10
Course 2 – January 9/10 2020
To book your place now visit our website for an application form to be received 30 days prior to the course https://t.co/QXnBLqdfpU

Grievance and Disciplinary Training as part of our ❄Winter Course Programme❄

Course 1: January 8th
Course 2: February 19th
To book your place now visit our website for an application form to be received 30 days prior to the course https://t.co/QXnBLqdfpU

A huge congratulations to Steve Gillan who has been re-elected as the General Secretary of the Prison Officers' Association @POAUnion 👏


The GFTU offers a radical new approach to the training trade union reps

GFTU Educational Trust

  • courses
  • accreditation
  • grants and scholarships
  • progression
Education Group

Education for Action

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The GFTU Educational Trust has agreed a strategic set of principles that will underpin our delivery of education for the coming years.

Young Members Development Weekend

  • Be a more effective Trade Unionist
  • Learn about the Labour movement
  • Meet people and have fun
Young Members Development Weekend

Friday 22nd November to Sunday 24th November

Services to Unions

The GFTU has developed a comprehensive range of services under the banner of 'Win:Win' to support affiliated Trade Unions.

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We help Unions to save money and be more effective and sustainable, whilst generating income for the GFTU’s Educational Trust.

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The GFTU has teamed up with the Ethical Shop in order to help raise extra funds for its educational trust, a charity that provides a range of educational opportunities and resources.

GFTU publications are available from the Ethical Shop site.

GFTU Publishing

Workable is the joint book publishing initiative of the General Federation of Trade Unions and independent publisher New Internationalist.


Quorn Grange Hotel and Training Centre

The iconic Quorn Grange Hotel is wholly owned by the GFTU Education Trust and offers the perfect setting for all Trade Union members' needs.


About the GFTU

The General Federation of Trade Unions is a friendly democratic organisation responsive to the needs of affiliated Trade Unions.

GFTU Partners

The GFTU's informal and formal partnership arrangements go far and wide at home and overseas.

We strongly support a range of adult education organisations including Ruskin College, Northern College, the WEA and the co-operative movement.

Northern College