Education & Training

Trade Union Education and Lifelong Learning

Trade Unions have a long and proud history of worker education. From the founding of Ruskin College in Oxford in 1899 to provide third level education for working class people, to the establishment of the Workers Educational Association in 1903, Trade Unions have been involved in the struggle to provide 'second chance' educational opportunities for people for many generations.

We provide courses for all union reps free of charge. Our courses are provided by accredited trade union tutors with many years experience in the trade union movement. Courses are accredited with the Open College Network. To see the latest programme of courses, click here



Lifelong Learning

Congress manages the Union Learning Fund in NOrthern Ireland. The Union Learning Fund supports 11 union led work based learning projects. ULF projects support a wide range of lifelong learning opportunities for all workers such as engligh and maths, IT skills, languages and more. For more information about the Union Learning Fund and the work it supports, have a look at our case study booklet.

Click here to view Union Learning Works - Case Studies from Northern Ireland