National training programme

All our courses are free, travel and other expenses are paid, and (if needed) accommodation is provided. Courses are tutored by experienced union officials and we provide all the materials, support, and encouragement you could need. We are committed to ensuring all training is as inclusive as possible. If you have any accessibility needs, please contact us on and we will work together with you to accommodate them. 

We have divided the programme into sections for you to find the right course easily. To find out more, choose the course type you are interested in from the list below. To book you will need your Membership Number and password. If you do not know these please email

To keep everyone safe all members are required to complete a lateral flow test, carried out within the last 24 hours before the course. We ask that you email the course administrator to confirm your test results. Please click here to view the NEU training risk assessment.

    • Workplace reps training

      Our workplace reps are our key local leaders.  They are the first point of contact for our members and can be involved in recruiting and mobilising members, listening to members’ concerns, and winning for our members in the workplace.

      But we don’t expect our reps to do this alone.  We have developed an award-winning programme to enable reps to progressively build their skills and confidence.  The programme is delivered in our regions and Wales so will close to where you live or work.  Reps have a legal entitlement to attend training on full pay and we will support reps where they encounter any difficulties in getting time off.

      All Reps begin with the three-day Reps Foundation course, which will give you the skills and knowledge to be immediately effective in your workplace.

      After you have completed your Reps Foundation, you can then access the Reps Advanced course as well as a range of one-day courses.

      All rep training is free, is a legal entitlement, and is delivered by your NEU Region or NEU Cymru.

      Our Workplace Reps are on the front line representing and organising our members. 

      See all Workplace reps training

    • Health and safety reps training

      Our workplace health & safety reps play a vital role in defending our members rights to work in safe and healthy workplaces. Our Health & Safety Reps programme is delivered over four days (either in two two-day blocks or 4 separate days) and will give you the skills and knowledge to make a real difference for our members in the workplace.

      See all Health and safety reps training

    • Representing members training

      Representing our members in the workplace is a core function of local lay officers.  We provide a comprehensive training programme which will enable you to effectively represent members and win.

      Our programme begins with a two-day course – Representing Members in the Workplace.  This will give you an overview of casework principles and systems as well as covering grievance and disciplinary procedures.  Following that course, several one-day courses are provided covering absence management, redundancy, and equality issues.

      In addition, as part of the Workplace Reps programme, we offer courses in Employment Law and Negotiation so don’t forget to look at these courses under the Workplace Reps tab

      See all Representing members training

    • District and Branch officers' training

      NEU local officers (lay members elected to roles by their district or branch) are the backbone of the Union – recruiting, retaining, organising, supporting, and representing our members.

      We provide a comprehensive programme of training to equip you with the skills, confidence, and expertise to carry out your role effectively.

      For some of our courses, you have a legal right to paid time off to attend.  Many other courses are delivered at the weekend.

      See all District and Branch officers' training

    • Equalities training

      The NEU champions equality and diversity. It works to build inclusive workplaces where all members feel safe, welcome and their differences are celebrated whether they are women, disabled, Black or LGBT+.

      Equality has been brought into even sharper focus with Covid highlighting disparities for disabled and Black people, as well as debates around trans equality, women's safety and the systemic racism highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement. 

      Equalities training is offered to equip officers, reps and activists with the knowledge and organising skills and to help lead members in building more inclusive workplaces.

      See our Equalities training page

    • Activist training

      We provide a wide range of general courses for existing and aspiring local activists – supporting our members to get more involved in their Union locally and nationally and helping them take on elected roles and win for our members.

      See all Activist training

    • Regional/Wales training

      Our Regional and Wales Offices deliver a comprehensive range of training courses for local members, reps, and officers.  To find out what courses are on offer in your region or in Wales, click on the relevant link below:

      East Midlands 



      North West 


      South East 

      South West 

      West Midlands 


      Yorkshire and the Humber