TUC South West launches a training programme for aspiring leaders

This year TUC South West have developed a unique training opportunity for a group of approximately 15 trade union members (or activists, reps or officers), aged between 19 – 30 years to participate in their Future Leaders Programme.

TUC Future Leaders

The course will bring union-sponsored participants together to learn about and develop skills that will help them to lead on a project of their choosing that will bring positive changes to the world of work.

Ines Lage from TUC South West said:

From digital skills, project managing to communicating across various platforms, participants will have the chance to build their own voice in an issue affecting workers in modern Britain, as well as raise their profile within the trade union movement.”

The course will be spread across six months: between June – November 2019, made up of 6 classroom days, in three sets of 2 days with an overnight stay, plus a visit to Germany with Ver.di.”

Classroom dates

  • Thursday 13th and Friday 14th June– Taunton (overnight on Thursday)
  • Friday 5th and Saturday 6th July – Exeter (overnight on Friday)
  • November – two days to be arranged with the group. This will be held in Bristol. 

The visit to Germany takes place between Monday 9th - Friday 13th September, with the itinerary being coordinated with the German union Ver.di, who represent over 2 million workers in thousands of workplaces across the country.  

Here, the group will build international solidarity with like-minded unionists, and have the opportunity to learn about alternative models of trade unionism, engagement and organising as well as form comparisons with employment laws that add much greater depth to the learning programme.

To apply you need to be a member of a trade union affiliated to the TUC and complete an application form which is available from the TUC website. (INSERT LINK)

Please ensure that you confirm sponsorship from your union and/or sponsoring branch prior to sending in your application as we will need the details before we can confirm applicants' success. 

Ines is keen to encourage union’s to identify potential future leaders in their workplaces and branches saying;

Perhaps you’ve spotted someone who is keen to get stuck in, already has, or you can see has huge potential to make a positive change – if so, please share this page with them. Or better yet, why not nominate them. We will send them a special invitation to apply as nominated by you.”

To nominate someone for the programme email: [email protected] with your/their:

  • full name,
  • trade union and position (if applicable)
  • email address or postal address

Deadline for completed applications is: 12 noon, Friday 17th May 2019 with announcement of the successful candidates to be made the following week.

For further information or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with TUC South West [email protected] or check out the website.