GFTU Training Courses

 

The General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) is an idependant federation of specialist unions. In 1971 the GFTU Education Trust was set up. This finances additional educational activities for trade unionists in the fields of Industrial Relations, Law, Health and Safety and other topics of interest.

Please find a full list of the courses on offer during 2012-13 further down the page.

All residential and one-day seminar courses are FREE to delegates of Napo. For residential courses, accommodation, travel, meals and all course fees are paid for by the Trust. For one-day seminars, travel costs ONLY will be provided by the GFTU.

Weekend residential courses start at 6.30pm on Friday evening and finish at 1pm on Sunday.

Midweek 5-day residential courses start at 12 noon on Monday and finish at 4.30pm on Friday.

Midweek 2-day residential courses start at 11.00am on the first day and finish at 4.00pm on the second day.

1-day seminars start at 10.30 amd and finish between 4.30 and 5.00pm.

To apply for a course you should complete a course nomination form, available online (http://www.gftu.org/content/3/1/13/), from the GTU offices (0207 520 8340) or a printable versions is attached below. The form should be counter-signed and returned to the GFTU by your General Secretary (via Napo Head Office).

Remeber to inform your local ULR or a member of the ULF Project Team if you attend any of these courses.

 

244328618 GFTU EDUCATIONAL TRUST nom form pdf

 

2012-13 GFTU EDUCATION TRUST PROGRAMME

 

 

Introduction to PowerPoint presentations - Ref: 19/13

 

This course is for all reps and members who want to develop their IT skills and become more confident preparing presentations.  Please note that this is not a presentation skills course.  it covers: Constructing PowerPoint presentations; Editing and formatting presentations and making use of animations and transitions on slides; Incorporating the use of multimedia material; Presenting your presentation to others

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 17th to 19th May 2013

Closing Date: 19th April 2013

Location: Northern College, South Yorkshire

 

 

 

Employment Law - Ref: 20/13

 

This course is for all reps and stewards who want to build up their knowledge of UK employment law.  It covers: The latest developments in case law; Any changes in legislation; Key current legal issues; An overview of current employment law; How the law is made

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 23rd to 24th May 2013

Closing Date: 26th April 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Using new media to campaign against the cuts - Ref: 21/13

 

This course is for all reps and members who are involved in campaigns both in and out of the workplace who want to learn how to use different media effectively to get their point across.  It covers: What makes an effective campaign; Using the most effective media to sell the message; Developing a campaign message; Identifying targets and allies; Campaign strategy

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 31st May to 2nd June 2013

Closing Date: 3rd May 2013

Location: Northern College, South Yorkshire

 

 

 

Self-management and personal effectiveness - Ref: 22/13

 

This course is for trade union members and reps who want to maximise their personal effectiveness.  It will also help participants to develop strategies to deal with pressures at work.  This is part 2 of our 3 part self-development programme.  It covers: Strategies to retain control over work; Developing tools to handle stress and pressure; Further developing self-esteem and self-image; Developing positive strategies to take control of your life and work; Action planning to raise personal performance levels

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 7th to 9th June 2013

Closing Date: 10th May 2013

Location: Warwickshire

 

 

 

Risk assessment - Ref: 23/13

 

This course is for experienced health and safety reps who have previously ate4nded the GFTU basics of health and safety course (or TUC or union equivalent).  It covers: The trade union approach to risk assessment; Understanding key regulations; How the law should be applied in practical work situations

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

Date: 10th to 14th June 2013

Closing Date: 10th May 2013

Location: Northern College, South Yorkshire

 

 

 

Introduction to politics - Ref: 24/13

 

This course is for all trade union members who are also members of the Labour Party and would like to become more active members or for those who have been involved with the Party for some time and would like to brush up on their skills.  Participants will gain the skills and knowledge to enable them to become effective Labour Party activists.  It covers: Labour Party history; Labour party organisation; Trade unions and the Labour Party; British government; Getting involved and the role of the "trade union liaison officer" (TULO).  Please note this course has been provided by General Ferderation of Trade Unions and not GFTU Educational Trust.

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 14th to 16th June 2013

Closing Date: 17th May 2013

Location: RMT Training Centre, Doncaster

 

 

 

Negotiating and influencing skills in the workplace - Ref: 25/13

 

This course is for all reps and follows on from the introductory course and the how to represent members course.  it is also suitable for experienced reps who want to brush up on their skills.  it covers: Negotiating skills; Theories behind negotiating styles; Practical skills and techniques; How to negotiate effectively; Learning to influence others; Gaining consensus

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 21st to 23rd June 2013

Closing Date: 24th May 2013

Location: Cheshire

 

 

 

Assertiveness and public speaking for women - Ref: 26/13

 

This course is for all women trade union reps and members who want to become more assertive at home or in the workplace and also develop their own presentation skills.  It covers: Basic assertiveness techniques; Building confidence; Developing presentation skills; Speaking in public

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 5th to 7th July 2013

Closing Date: 7th June 2013

Location: Shropshire

 

 

 

Understanding the TUPE regulations - Ref: 27/13

 

This course is for paid union officers, reps and stewards who are involved in handling transfer of undertakings issues in the workplace.  All participants should have a knowledge of workplace legislation to enable them to get the best out of the course.  It covers: Dealing with members' problems; Handling collective disputes; Understanding the law around TUPE; Understanding the rights of trade union representatives in TUPE negotiations

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 5th to 7th July 2013

Closing Date: 7th June 2013

Location: Shropshire

 

 

 

Participating effectively in meetings - Ref: 28/13

 

This is a new course which is for all members and union reps who have to participate in meetings but don't always get the best from them.  It covers: How meetings are run; Understading the rules of debate; Cutting through jargon; Drafting motions/propositions

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 9th July 2013

Closing Date: 14th June 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

International solidarity - Ref: 29/13

 

This is a brand new course that is for all trade unionists who are interested in International issues and solidarity between organisations.  In addition to the course there will be invited speakers from International organisations.  It covers: Global federations' The work of NGO's; Topical international campaigns; Getting involved in global campaigns

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 12th to 14th July 2013

Closing Date: 14th June 2013

Location: RMT training centre, Doncaster

 

 

 

Mental health issues in the workplace - Ref: 30/13

 

This new course is for reps who may represent members on sickness absence, grievances and disciplinary cases and also for equality reps who want to update their skills.  It is also for members who want to improve their own understanding of mental health issues in the workplace.  It covers: Raising awareness of mental health issues; How people with mental health issues are discriminated against; Disability discrimination law; The role of unions in supporting members with mental health problems

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

Date: 13th to 15th September 2013

Closing Date: 16th August 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Learning to mediate - Ref: 31/13

 

This course is for experienced reps and stewards who are involved in members' cases and workplace disputes.  it covers: What is mediation?; Benefits of workplace mediation; The 5 step mediation model; Developing the skills and behaviour required by mediators; Understanding the strategic and organisational implications of introducing a workplace mediation scheme

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 13th to 15th September 2013

Closing Date: 16th August 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Building active leadership - Ref: 32/13

 

This course is for reps and stewards who want to be able to lead from the front and bring members along with them.  It is also suitable for members who may be taking on new workplace roles or who are community activists.  It covers:  Identifying key skills for good leadership; Effective speaking, listening and communication skills; Reviewing personal effectiveness; Advocacy skills; Building consensus

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 27th to 29th September 2013

Closing Date: 30th August 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Trade unions and communities - Ref: 33/13

 

This course is for all activists who are interested in building links between their trade unions and the wider community.  it builds on the current themes of community trade unionism used by a number of trade unions today.  It covers: What is meant by community and trade unionism?; How to get involved with campaigns; Discussion forums with invited speakers; Your local union and the community; Common links between organisations

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 27th to 29th September 2013

Closing Date: 30th August 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Dealing with bullying, harassment and stress - Ref: 34/13

 

This course is primarily for reps and stewards who may have to deal with these problems in the workplace.  It is also suitable for members who may be experiencing these problems.  It covers: The causes of stress; The definitions of bullying and harassment; What the law says; Developing a systematic trade union approach to these issues; Using practical skills to deal with members' problems

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 2nd to 3rd October 2013

Closing Date: 6th September 2013

Location: Darlington, Co. Durham

 

 

 

Pensions trustees - Ref: 36/13

 

This course is an advanced course and is aimed solely at union members who are pension trustees already or who are involved at a senior level in negotiating pensions.  This course will be taught by leading pensions experts.  it covers: pension law; The role and duties of the trustees; Trustees responsibilities; How to effectively negotiate pensions issues

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 18th to 20th October 2013

Closing Date: 20th September 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

International trade union rights - Ref: 37/13

 

This course is for all activists who are interested in global trade unionism and workers' rights across the globe.  It covers: Trade union rights are human rights; Global union campaigns; Freedom of association; The role of ILO and the global federations; Mapping the worst abusers of trade union rights

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 18th to 20th October 2013

Closing Date: 20th September 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Managing successful projects - Ref: 38/13

 

This course is aimed at any trade union activist or member who may be involved in project management.  This would include paid officials, union learner reps, project managers and staff and those involved in workplace projects.  It covers: 5-steps to successful project management; Project management principles; Using Gantt chartsw for project organisation and governance; Effective project management

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 23rd October 2013

Closing Date: 27th September 2013

Location: London

 

 

 

Introduction to website design - Ref: 39/13

 

This course is for trade union members and reps who want to get to grips with developing and designing their own web-sites.  Basic experience of computer skills is essential e.g. keyboard and mouse use.  it covers: Looking at good design features and how they influence a website; Constructing a number of interlinked web pages making use of material from other sources; Editting and formatting of such pages making appropriate use of background colours and fonts; Incorporating accessibility features within the pages

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 25th to 27th October 2013

Closing Date: 27th September 2013

Location: Northern College, South Yorkshire

 

 

 

Getting started - introductory course for reps - Ref: 40/13

 

This course is for recently elected reps and stewards or for those who have not had any training.  It is also suitable for reps who have not had training for a significant amount of time as a refresher.  It covers: The role of the rep/steward; Facilities for reps and stewards; Interviewing members; Dealing with members' problems; Gaining the practical skills to do the job as a rep/steward

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 29th to 30th October 2013

Closing Date: 27th September 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Disability awareness - Ref: 41/13

 

This is a newly developed course that is aimed at all equality reps, shop stewards, reps and disability activists who want an update of all legal developments on disability issues and also an overview of issues facing members in the workplace today.  it covers: The law relating to disability in the workplace; Developing case law; What constitutes reasonable adjustments; How to take up issues for members

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

Date: 1st to 3rd November 2013

Closing Date: 4th October 2013

Location: Leeds

 

 

 

Negotiating and influencing skills in the workplace - Ref: 42/13

 

This course is for all reps and follows on from the introductory course and the how to represent members course.  it is also suitable for experienced reps who want to brush up on their skills.  it covers: Negotiating skills; Theories behind negotiating styles; Practical skills and techniques; How to negotiate effectively; Learning to influence others; Gaining consensus

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 5th to 6th November 2013

Closing Date: 4th October 2013

Location: Torquay

 

 

 

Tackling workplace hazards - Ref: 43/13

 

This is the third GFTU health and safety course and is open to all reps who have attended GFTU stages 1 and 2, or TUC equivalent.  It covers: How to deal with everyday health and safety problems in the workplace; Specific problems e.g. noise, slips, trips and falls etc.; Workplace stress

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

Date: 4th to 8th November 2013

Closing Date: 4th October 2013

Location: Northern College, South Yorkshire

 

 

 

The advanced course - Ref: 44/13

 

This is the GFTU's longest running course and is clased as our flagship event.  The course will be taught by a mix of barristers and solicitors, as well as experienced industrial relations tutors.  The course is for paid officers of unions as well as highly experienced lay representatives.  it covers:  The annual employment law review; Notable tribunal cases; The effects of Employment Tribunal changes and how they are detrimental tomembers; Topical employment law issues; Advanced industrial relations matters

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 8th to 10th November 2013

Closing Date: 11th October 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Emotional intelligence - Ref: 45/13

 

This course is for those trade union reps or workplace managers who wnat to improve their own interpersonal skills.  This is part 3 of our self-development programme.  it covers: Handling inter-personal relationships; Understanding other people's behaviour; Developing empathy; Adapting your own behaviour to achieve better relations at work

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 15th to 17th November 2013

Closing Date: 18th October 2013

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

 

 

 

Handling cases - Ref: 46/13

 

This course is for recently elected reps and stewards or for those who have not had any training.  It is also suitable for reps who have not had training for a significant amount of time as a refresher.  It covers: Understanding the law around disciplinary and grievances; Dealing with members' problems; Handling grievances and disciplinary cases; Understanding the rights of trade union representatives

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 21st to 22nd November 2013

Closing Date: 25th October 2013

Location: Cardiff

 

 

 

Understanding company accounts - Ref: 47/13

 

This course is for paid officials and experienced reps who are/or will be involved in negotiating pay and conditions either locally or nationally.  It covers: How to understand a company balance sheet; How to cost pay claims; Determining the company's ability to pay; Developing strategies for negotiation based on financial information

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC4, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UC10, UO1, UO2, UO3, UO5, UR1, UR2, UR3, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR9, UR10, UR11

 

Date: 22nd to 24th November 2013

Closing Date: 25th October 2013

Location: Leicestershire

 

 

 

Time management and handling stress - Ref: 48/13

 

This course is suitable for paid officials, reps and members who need to try and put structure into their working life to be more efficient and less stressed.  It covers: Establishing and setting priorities; Controlling distractions; Using technology to reduce time wastage; Handling workplace stress

 

Contributes to NOS Units: UC1, UC2, UC3, UC5, UC6, UC7, UC8, UC9, UO1, UO2, UO3, US1, US2, US3, US4, UR1, UR2, UR4, UR5, UR6, UR7, UR8, UR10

 

Date: 28th November 2013

Closing Date: 25th October 2013

Location: Leicestershire