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This page provides information on training courses for Local Officers

Organising in the Local Association

This course is essential for all members active within their Local Association. The course is particularly effective where existing local secretaries, assistant secretaries and other members of the Local Association team attend the same course together.

The course considers the servicing and organising models of trade unionism, highlighting the differences in approach and examining how we use the organising model within the NASUWT.

Using the active learning approach, course participants examine how to: develop their local association; build a strong and active union in the workplace; recruit new members and activists; organise in teams; tackle the barriers to trade union organisation and how to organise and campaign around workplace issues. 

Organising In The Local Association Courses


‘Administering NASUWT Finances Locally'

Bespoke training is available to support members taking on local officer roles which include administering the finances of the Union locally. The training is delivered by staff colleagues from the Finance Team and the National Treasurer, depending on availability, and can be delivered to individuals or small groups to ensure that all participants are able to receive relevant information to their role. This training covers the financial procedures adopted by the National Executive in July 2014 and takes participants through the practicalities of completing paperwork, submitting claims to the National Union and year end reconciliation.

The training day will start at a time to facilitate participants being able to travel to Hillscourt, the Unions headquarters, lunch will be provided and travel costs reimbursed.  Attendance should not normally require overnight accommodation however the National Treasurer will look at any requests on a case by case basis.

To arrange this training please contact the Finance Team on finance@mail.nasuwt.org.uk or call 0121 453 6150

NB: There is a variety of information on the NASUWT website that will assist local officers even before they have attended this training here.


Equality Officers

The Equality Officer is an important position within the branch structure of the NASUWT. The person occupying this position is an essential part of the local organising team and helps bring an overview of equality issues central to the NASUWT’s bargaining agenda.

This course will equip Equality Officers with the skills to identify the range of problems that members of underrepresented groups face. The course will highlight the legislative background to equality issues whilst also having a focus on organising in workplaces around equality issues

Equality Officers Briefings

These briefings are single day events focusing on issues of particular concern to Equality Officers, highlighting recent legislative changes and issues identified by local activists. The briefings aim to inform the work of the Equality Officer and are essential events for all Equality Officers to attend. The events at Hillscourt Education Centre often include external speakers, experts on issues within the field of equalities.

Equality Officer briefings

Benevolence Casework: For Benevolence Visitors

The course is designed to equip members handling benevolence casework for the first time or who are very new to the job with the relevant knowledge and skills. Local Association members handling benevolence casework and Benevolence Federation workers are eligible to apply.

Benevolence Casework course


This course for Local Association caseworkers provides an update on the law relating to redundancy and enables the spreading of good casework practice. Other issues covered during the day are redundancy avoidance, redundancy procedures and redundancy hearings. This is a good opportunity for those handling redundancy situations to share experiences.

Local Association Officers and caseworkers are eligible to apply.

Redundancy Courses

Casework Briefing

These seminars consider issues of interest to caseworkers and Local Secretaries. Briefings focus on issues such as current developments in employment law and on other relevant issues as identified by local representatives.

Accredited Casework Representatives need to attend these events on a regular basis in order to keep their skills, knowledge and accreditation up to date. 

Casework Briefings

ICT Courses for Local Association Officers

All of these courses are held on a residential basis at Hillscourt Education Centre.

Attendance at the courses is restricted to those holding elected positions at Local Association, Federation or national level.

There is no course fee and travelling expenses are paid. Please note that special conditions are attached to some courses.

Excel (Stage 1)

Excel is the spreadsheet application within Microsoft Office. The course covers spreadsheet design, formatting, basic formulae and functions, printing, graphs, data sorting and absolute addressing. Spreadsheets are a useful tool for Local Association Treasurers but their usefulness extends far beyond simple book-keeping.

Excel Stage 1 courses

Excel (Stage 2)

Excel (Stage 2) builds on what has been learnt in the Stage 1 course, moving onto the more advanced features. It covers the use of functions, particularly the ‘if’ function, conditional formatting, named ranges, vertical lookup tables and spreadsheet design techniques. The database facility within Excel is covered in detail including pivot tables. Applicants must have attended the Excel Stage 1 course.

Excel Stage 2 course

Powerpoint (Stage 1)

PowerPoint is a presentation application. It covers outline view, slide view, slide sorter view, notes view and slide show. It also covers masters, designs and animation effects. Once you have learned to use PowerPoint you will be able to put together full-colour animated electronic presentations, use pictures to enhance your displays or prepare professional quality OHP slides.

Powerpoint Stage 1 course


This is a two-day residential course.

Day 1 Developing Skills in Word

Knowledge of how to use Word (2010) the word processing application within the Microsoft Office Suite, is essential for all NASUWT Local Association Officers.  The course covers character and paragraph formatting including indents, spacing, bullets and numbering.  Page layout, header and footers.  Also access toolbar, tabs, group commands, ribbons and templates.  Some time will be devoted to thorough file maintenance, covering the creation of folders and moving files from one folder to another and folder organisation.

Day 2 Using Word as a Publishing Tool

You will apply knowledge of Word functions to produce marketing materials and publications.  Insert graphics and images, columns and tables.  You will cover design of newsletters, posters, leaflets, postcards and all aspects of layout.  Prepare to print and copy, save as a PDF for email distribution, upload as a webpage etc.

Word course

Using the Internet and Social Networking for Organising

The internet is a valuable tool for Local Associations to involve members and raise awareness of activities.  This is a two-day residential course which will look at how social media sites can be used to benefit trade union organising.  The course will cover how to use Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as using the NASUWT website and social media forums.

Using the Internet and Social Networking for Organising Course