GFTU Education Programme 2023 - 2024

Our education programme is delivered by GFTU Educational Trust

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Trade Union and Working Class History

Venue: Online

Dates: These will take place on the third Tuesday of every month to 20th August 2024, 7pm-8.30pm.

Each will last for 90 minutes and will focus on helping attendees understand the subject matter in an accessible and participative manner. 

  • 16 April 2024 - Who was Tom Mann, Phil Katz (printer, designer and author, Yours for the Revolution: the evolution of Tom Mann's political thought).
  • 21 May 2024 - The Great Dock Strike, Phil Katz (printer, designer, author and labour movement activist).

Price: Free for affiliates & non-affiliates.

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Young Members' Development Weekend 

Venue: GFTU Quorn Grange 

Residential Course: 10th - 12th May 2024

Price: Free for affiliates. £325 for non-affiliates.  

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Full of inspiration, opportunity, education and networking, this is a real chance for young members across the movement to develop their skills, gain knowledge and create links with other trade unions

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 19th April 2024.

Train the Trainer

Venue: GFTU Quorn Grange 

Residential Course: 13th - 15th May 2024

Online Follow-on Sessions: TBC                             

Price: For affiliates: £150. For non-affiliates: £285.         

This course is aimed at any activist or officer who delivers training for union activists. The aims of this introductory course are to equip participants to be able to run training sessions and to explore ways in which they can make sessions lively and interactive.

The broad outline of the course is:

- how adults learn and learning styles

- making group work

- variety of learning methods

- using a scheme of work

- assessment and evaluation

- dealing with difficult situations

At least one follow on session will be held online to support participants in planning and delivering their own session.

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 29th April 2024.

Roots of Racism

Venue: GFTU Quorn Grange 

Residential Course: 6th & 7th June 2024                         

Price: Free for affiliates. £100 for non-affiliates.

The course will be led by the prominent trade unionist Roger McKenzie.

We will be looking at understanding the context of racism and where it comes from, the rise and mainstreaming of the far right, as well as challenging racism in the workplace and the community.

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Please note:  The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2024.

Workplace Reps Stage 2 (5 days)

Venue: GFTU Quorn Grange

Residential Course: 24th – 26th June 2024 (Follow-on sessions: 15th July & 5th August)

Price: Free for affiliates. For non-affiliates: £475

Building on the Stage 1 course, this course is suitable for new activists wanting to develop their skills and is also suitable as a refresher for more senior activists. The course is split into a 3-day residential course followed by two further days delivered online.

We will develop representation skills as well as looking at how activists can campaign and deal with issues collectively. We will also cover rights at work, the importance of the employment contract and how to ensure the union stays on the front foot with employers.

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 10th June 2024. 

The Cost of Living Crisis (and how to get out of it)

Venue: Online

Date: 5th July 2024 (9am-12noon)

Price: Free for affiliates. For non-affiliates: £25

This course is supported by leading progressive economists and will explore the economic issues that affect trade unions.

The course will be based on the arguments put forward in the GFTU pamphletThe True Causes of Inflationand the accompanying bookThe Cost of Living Crisis (and how to get out of it”.

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 28th June 2024. 

Lessons in Organising 

Venue: GFTU Quorn Grange

Residential Course: 5th – 7th August 2024

Price: For affiliates: £200. For non-affiliates: £425

Several unions recently have won industrial action ballots despite the punitive thresholds imposed on them by legislation. What lessons can we learn from these successes so we can continue to win for members?

Drawing heavily on the success of the NEU in securing a huge mandate for action from their members across schools in England and Wales, we will be answering this question.

This course takes its name from the book written by our new General Secretary and others.

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 22nd July 2024. 

GFTU Summer School

Residential Course: GFTU Quorn Grange

Dates: 19th - 22nd August 2024

Price: £200 for affiliates. £425 for non-affiliates. 

This is our annual opportunity to take stock and think about the future of the Movement and where we go next. As we look to build on recent organising and campaigning successes, the course will help participants to think strategically and embrace new ideas.

Our Summer School provides the space and stimulus for a bolder, bigger and better union Movement. This course is aimed at experienced and newer trade union activists who want an opportunity to think outside the box with key leaders from across the movement. 

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Please note: The deadline for applications is 5th August 2024.

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**The deadline for booking a place on a training course is usually 30 days prior to the event, unless otherwise stated. If we have insufficient uptake, it may be postponed or cancelled. Attendance and arrangements will be confirmed in advance.**

For any queries please contact our Education Administrator, Mark Robinson, on 01509410978 or markr@gftu.org.uk.