Trade union official apprenticeship

Develop and deliver union organising activities and campaigns that will recruit and retain union members and activists

As a trade union official, you’ll be responsible for representing union members in their workplaces and to deliver improved terms and conditions, and protect employment rights and the security of employment for members. For many trade unions, the ultimate aim of the trade union official is to help members build self-sustaining unionised workplaces with effective member structures in place. Your job will involve a mixture of direct delivery of a range of member services while also training, supporting and motivating volunteer trade union activists to do the same, all the while ensuring that union activity is in line with overall union policy. During the trade union official apprenticeship you’ll be responsible for implementing your union’s organising strategy covering a number of workplaces, employers or a geographical area. You’ll be confident communicating with a range of people, including union members, trade federations, and national and local governments, and other campaigning organisations such as the press and media.


Duration: 18 months

Relevant school subjects: English and business studies

Entry requirements for the trade union official apprenticeship: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 4 (Higher)—equivalent to a foundation degree and above

Potential salary upon completion: £30,000 per annum

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