About GFTUET Education

At GFTUET, we pride ourselves on providing topical and thought-provoking learning opportunities. Knowledge is power and through learning, we develop understanding that stays with us, enabling us to be empowered to make a difference.

From 30 minute online bitesize sessions to residential training courses at our own hotel and training centre, there is something for everyone.

Our aim is to inspire, educate and support trade union activists across the UK and beyond. You may be a new union member just finding out about how to get more involved in your union, a seasoned activist or a full-time union officer.

How to Apply

If you are part of an affiliated union, please select the course you want to apply for here and complete our online booking form. It is imperative that you do not use autofill to complete this form. 

If you are part of a non-affiliated union, before booking onto a course, please first confirm authorisation from your union/branch that you can do so. All courses will either outline that they are free to attend or will include a non-affiliate price.

Check whether you’re with an affiliated union here.

We’ll confirm your place when possible. We will contact your union to get your application authorised for residential courses.

Attending GFTU Residential Courses

We pride ourselves on welcoming a rich diversity of union members to our courses. We create a safe, tolerant space for everyone to take part and grow irrespective of ethnicity, religion, gender, disability and sexual orientation.

Our training programmes are run by experienced trade union educators who build courses that are lively, challenging and participative.

There will always be someone on hand to support you at all stages of your training programme – leading up to the course, during the course and afterwards (especially around helping you to deliver your action points).

Residential courses are usually held at Quorn Grange Hotel in Leicestershire which is owned by GFTU with all surpluses going back into running more courses and supporting the trade union movement. You can find out more information about the hotel here.

Register for Updates

Our regular Education Bulletin outlines new learning opportunities and provides useful learning resources as well as keeping you up to date on any changes to our courses. To sign up, click here.

Any Questions?

Contact our Education Administrator, Mark Robinson, via markr@gftu.org.uk or by calling 01509410978 for any education related enquiries.