The Young Member’s Development weekend is back this summer from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th June 2021. Quorn Grange Hotel will open its doors to young trade unionists for an event full of inspiration, opportunity, education and networking, a real chance for young members across the movement to develop their skills, extend their knowledge and create links with other trade unions.
The weekend is perfect for our young members, from those who are fairly new who want to find out a bit more about the union movement, to those who are more experienced and active in the union and those who want to connect with other young members from different unions and fill in gaps to their knowledge.
This is an annual event and each year we have success stories of members coming along to dip their toe into the relatively unknown and leaving hungry to be actively involved in their union whether in their workplace, region or nationally. In previous years we’ve had members attend the event, which has started them on a journey that has seen them progress into paid trade union officials and prospective MPs. It’s a weekend where members can meet others like them from different unions, share their experiences, realise they aren’t alone in facing the issues they do at work and understand that collectively they are stronger not only to make a difference in their jobs but actually within the trade union movement too.
The event covers everything from introducing trade unions, the history of the movement, employment rights, campaigning in different forms, politics, media and economics as well as looking at what happens internationally!
The weekend has been organised by young people for young people, a few years ago the GFTU recognised that something different was needed to attract young people into the movement, something that didn’t revolve around motions and formal conferences as that can be daunting for any first time attendee! But something that was welcoming, educational and enjoyable. The YMDW is designed to encourage young people to be active in the movement give them the confidence and the tools to do so whilst validating their knowledge and experiences.
This year, the the various workshops will be:
Introductions to trade unionism and the GFTU
Union Learning and the importance of continued education
The Importance of Negotiation
Introduction to Employment Rights and Employment Law
Video reporting ( Campaigning Online)
Politics and trade unionism
Politics and Media
International overview of trade unions
All travel expenses are covered as are the accommodation costs and food. You will need to fill in a GFTU application form to attend which can be found here.
To sign up, please send over a completed application form, signed off by the appropriate union officer to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 1st at 12 noon.