Trade Union Training Program

This program contains information about Trade Union Training courses offered by Federation. Paid leave is available for union members attending these courses. Dates and details of the course are set out below (see background information for more details).

Course

Date

Venue

Closing date

Beginning Teacher Course

Wednesday June 11

Orange

Wednesday May 28

Beginning Teachers Course

Friday June 13

Cooma

Friday May 30

Beginning Teachers Conference - Corowa

Saturday-Sunday July 26-27

Corowa

Friday July 18

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Monday-Tuesday August 4-5

Surry Hills

Monday June 30

Beginning Teacher Course

Wednesday August 6

Surry Hills

Wednesday July 9

Women’s Fundamentals

Monday-Tuesday August 11-12

Surry Hills

July 18

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Wednesday-Friday August 13-15

Surry Hills

Wednesday July 30

New Teacher Seminar — Gaining and Maintaining Proficient Level with BOSTES

Tuesday August 19

Gilgandra

Friday August 1

Beginning Teacher Course

Tuesday August 26

Surry Hills

Friday July 25

Potential Officers Course

Friday September 12

Surry Hills

Monday August 11

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Tuesday-Wednesday September 16-17

Wagga

Friday August 15

New Activists Conference

Saturday October 11

Surry Hills

Thursday September 18

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Monday-Wednesday October 13-15

Surry Hills

Monday September 15

Women’s Fundamentals

Wednesday-Thursday October 15-16

Tweed Heads

Monday September 15

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Wednesday-Thursday October 22-23

Surry Hills

Friday September 19

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

Monday-Wednesday November 17-19

Surry Hills

Monday November 3

Corrective Services Campaigns Course

Wednesday-Thursday November 5-6

Surry Hills

Friday October 10

Relief Officers Course

Wednesday-Friday December 3-5

Surry Hills

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The application form is available from Federation's website.

Beginning Teachers Course

A one-day course, open to all beginning teachers employed as permanent or temporary or casual teachers in the schools sector by the Department of Education and Communities in the first year of teaching. Participants will gain an understanding of the process in reaching professional competence with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) and completing their probationary year, if appropriate. Teachers will also be given practical assistance in planning and programming/unit development in the primary or secondary school. Service conditions and teachers’ rights are dealt with and the role and operations of Federation explained. The session on survival skills for beginning teachers is most useful. This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Beginning Teachers Conference

These single-day and one-and-a-half-day conferences on Saturday and Sunday morning are open to all new (beginning) teachers employed by the Department of Education and Communities in the schools sector and located within a reasonable travelling distance of the conference. Conferences in 2014 will be held in Bundanoon, Broken Hill, Newcastle, Lightning Ridge and Corowa. The conferences cover:

  • insight into the diversity of the teaching experience
  • network building
  • assistance with teaching diverse learners
  • assistance with planning and
    programming
  • ideas for participating in the school
  • teachers’ conditions and
    entitlements
  • campaigns and issues affecting early career teachers.

These conferences are registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

This is a two-day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school based Federation Representative or Women’s Contact. Members considering nominating for such roles in the future are welcome should space be available.

This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Women’s Fundamentals

This is a two-day course for women only aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of school based Federation Representative or Women’s Contact. Members considering nominating for such roles in the future are welcome should space be available.

This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

TAFE and Corrective Services Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

This course is open to all TAFE and Corrective Services members statewide. Where the number of applications received exceeds available places, priority for placement on the course is given to members who are currently in the role of Fed Rep or Women’s Contact. The course content is basically the same as the Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts course but as it would apply to TAFE.

Communicating and Negotiating Skills for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts

This is a three-day course aimed at developing communication skills for elected Federation Representatives and Women’s Contacts. It emphasises skills relevant to their workplace roles including:

  • public speaking
  • defining issues and negotiating solutions
  • communicating assertively and managing conflict
  • using web based and media technologies for research and
    communication.

Special requirements for participation: successful completion of Fundamentals for Fed Reps and Women’s Contacts or Women’s Fundamentals course.

This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Skills for Federation Councillors and Skills for Aboriginal Councillors

A two-day course which aims to explain the operation of the Federation’s State Council and develop fundamental knowledge and skills for Association Representatives who are elected as Councillors/Proxies. Priority will be given to Councillors elected to the position for the first time. The course covers:

  • public speaking
  • advocacy
  • strategic planning
  • participation in democratic forums
  • effective reporting and liaison
  • effective communication
  • standing orders.

Attendance at the Federation Council meeting immediately prior to the course dates is essential, either as a Federation Councillor, Proxy Councillor or as an authorised Observer.

The Aboriginal Skills for Councillors course is the same course for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members with a priority for those members who are Councillors or Proxies.

This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Association Treasurers Course

A one-day course for Association Treasurers to brief them about their role in the Association and their responsibilities for Association funds. The course also looks at the requirements for auditing and book keeping and the problems Treasurers may be experiencing in this regard.

Association Presidents and Secretaries Course

This is a two day course aimed at developing fundamental knowledge and skills for teachers elected by their colleagues to the honorary positions of President and Secretary of their local Association. The course covers:

  • the roles of the Secretary and President
  • current campaigns
  • media skills, writing and public speaking
  • developing and promoting a campaign
  • union structure and process
  • meeting procedure
  • legal responsibilities of the roles
  • problem solving
  • administrative procedures
  • using the Federation’s website.

This course is registered with the BOSTES for specific hours. Refer to the BOSTES or Federation websites for hours and standards.

Campaign courses

A campaigns course is generally designed to target a specific group of members or to address a specific issue. These courses usually have a maximum of 20 participants and run generally over one or two days.

1. Is paid leave provided?

Yes. Each financial member of the Federation nominated by the union who is a permanent or temporary employee is entitled to a total of 12 days of Special Leave/Trade Union Training in any period of two years. Leave may also include travelling time during working hours, if necessary.

Since 2001 conditions for casual school teachers have changed. Temporary school teachers are entitled to pro rata Special Leave/Trade Union Training. Casual school teachers are not entitled to Special Leave/Trade Union Training.

All Officers within the education portfolio are covered. The TAFE Commission has currently continued the leave available to full-time TAFE teachers, however, leave is not available for part-time TAFE teachers. Part time TAFE teachers should seek further advice from the Federation if they wish to attend a course.

Casual school teachers not entitled to paid leave, who would have been employed on the day/s of the course, may apply to have their pay made up by Federation. Casual teachers should be aware that attendance at a Trade Union Training course may cause a break in service which could result in loss of service benefits.

2. Is casual relief provided?

Yes. Federation pays the cost of relief to cover the classes of teachers attending Trade Union Training courses, provided that the casual teacher engaged is used to cover the classes of the teacher attending the course. The schools sector of the Department of Education and Communities makes no contribution to relief costs. The TAFE Commission provides 50 per cent of relief costs.

The principal should employ casual relief for you and inform the Department in the usual way. Federation reimburses the appropriate sectors of the Department of Education and Communities at a later date. There is no effect on your school’s budget. The relief must be used to cover the classes of the teacher on the course and is not transferable to any other date.

3. Is any financial assistance provided?

Yes. Full details are provided at the course. In summary:

(i) Travel: Members attending Federation courses are able to claim reimbursement towards the cost of travel, however, air travel and accommodation must be arranged through Federation’s Travel Coordinator.

(ii) Meal allowances: Where participants need to stay overnight, meal allowances are paid. The allowance rate is determined by Council each year.

(iii) Accommodation: Accommodation is sometimes on a shared basis and Federation will make booking arrangements wherever possible through the Travel Coordinator.

(iv) Childcare: Childcare is usually available at Teachers Federation House but booking prior to a course is essential. Childcare is only available for non school aged children at weekday courses.

4. Who will be selected to attend?

Trade Union Training aims for a maximum of 20–22 participants for each Federation course. In selecting participants preference is given to current Federation Representatives, Women’s Contacts and Association Officers. Every effort is made to achieve a balance between infants/primary and secondary, city and country members, and to provide access to courses to members in TAFE and other membership groups. Federation also aims to provide 50 per cent of places to women members. We reserve the right to give priority to applicants able to contribute to the union and who’ve shown a commitment to supporting Federation policies and campaigns.

5. How do you apply?

Fill out the application form in this journal and forward it to Federation or submit an application form via Federation’s website www.nswtf.org.au.

Advise your principal that you have applied and indicate that casual relief will be paid for if you are accepted onto the course. Successful applicants will receive an Authority for relief and casual replacement prior to the course via email. Those who do not receive a place on a course will receive an email and their application will be held over to the next suitable course in the current year.

6. Where can I get more information?

The 2014 Trade Union Training program for semester 1 will be available on the Federation’s website at https://www.nswtf.org.au/forms/applications-tut-courses.html.

If you require further information, or have other inquiries, please contact David Wynne, Trade Union Training Officer on 1300 654 369, (02) 9217 2100 or by email to tut@nswtf.org.au. For women-only courses please contact the Women’s Coordinator, Charmaine O’Sheades on the numbers listed above or at nswtfwomcoord@nswtf.org.au.