All face to face representative training is currently suspended until further notice.

A tailored online delivery of Union Representative Training Part 1 and 2 and Freelancer (Reps 1) Training are available and are extremely popular. Currently all programmes are fully booked until end of July.

A limited summer online programme for all three courses will operate during the month of August with a more expansive Autumn programme available from September.  

If you wish to express an interest in attending any of the online courses, please can you ensure that your organiser/official has authorised your application and submit your email via:


Your full name

Membership number

Contact email address (which you currently use)



This section is about trade union education for reps, branch officers and activists.

Trade Union Education

Trade union education is one of the largest adult education programmes in the UK and BECTU members have the option of attending:


Union education is informed by our values of solidarity, democracy, fairness, justice and respect for difference .


Discussion and debate are the key tools of trade union education, so your contribution and views will be encouraged and respected. Our training methods are firmly grounded in educational theory, they are effective and participatory.


We are building a community of skilled, articulate, critical & confident union representatives and our courses are designed to achieve this.

What next?

Application is straightforward so please go to the section on 'how to apply'  to find out what to do next.

If you can not find a course that fits your needs please contact Martin Roberts about organising a bespoke course for your branch. Use the document at the foot of the page to apply for funding for bespoke courses.

Running your own reps training

Bectu branches and Divisions of Prospect  can get funding from the union’s education team to run their own representative training courses.

Running your own representative training can be useful if you have a specific current issue that the branch needs to deal with, or if several reps in a branch or Division need training or updating on the same skills or issues.

You can use elements from any of our courses or briefings to devise your own bespoke training session. The education team can advise on course content and how to plan training that will work well for the number of people attending and the time you have available.

Branch and Division training must be supported and authorised by the full-time negotiating or organising officer(s) for the relevant branch or Divison, so speak to your negotiating team before you put in an application.

To keep costs down and ensure that the union is able to offer funding for branch/Division training across the whole union, we ask branches to use employers' premises (if appropriate) and other facilities wherever possible and to identify training locations that will minimise expenditure on travel and accommodation.

You should submit an application for funding to the education team at least one calendar month before the proposed course start date. If you  have any questions about the form or the application process please email the education team.

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