Our History

GFTU Educational Trust

Our mission at GFTU Educational Trust is to provide education for the trade union movement and the wider working class.

We are an independent charity, established by the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU) in 1970 to carry on the educational work of the GFTU. Our founding aims were to carry on the educational work of the GFTU, providing access to education economic history and theory, industrial law, and the history and principles of industrial relations.

To this day, we ensure that political economy, labour history, internationalism and the politics of industrial relations form a core part of our broad educational provision.

We continue to work closely with the General Federation of Trade Unions who provide ongoing financial support and resources to continue the work of the Educational Trust. For more information on the GFTU, please visit. www.gftu.org.uk

Today, the GFTU Education Trust maintains a wide variety of educational provision. To invest in the development of individual workers and trade unions members, we work to develop and extend innovative pedagogical approaches to support our collective movement.
We provide a range of face-to-face, online and residential courses as well as, for our core programme, using an innovative blended learning approach which combines the benefits of residential and online education.

You can see the full range of our current provision here: https://gftuet.org.uk/education

View our current learning programme