NZ Council of Trade Unions (NZCTU) and affiliated unions


Stand up For Youth. Course No: 714

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to empower young people to become productive participants in the workforce, with a better understanding of the employment law framework and its application.

By the end of this two day course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the democratic structure of their union and the NZCTU, including the Stand Up representative structure.
  • outline a range of generic barriers faced by young working people in their jobs and unions – and list some strategies to address these barriers.
  • describe the key steps for effective participation and significant elements of these current employment-related laws pertinent to young working people.
  • describe the rights and obligations, behaviours and processes that enhance the application of good faith relationships at work.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 10 July 2016.


Introductory Course for New Migrant Workers. Course No: 503

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to increase knowledge amongst new migrant workers in relation to immigration, employment legislation and collective agreements. Confidence in the ability to participate in union activities within their workplace and communities will be established.

By the end of this one-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify the different migrant ethnicities and familiarise with their different cultures
  • identify the main issues facing new migrant workers and describe ways to address these in relation to immigration law and employment legislation (eg Employment Relations Act, Health and Safety at Work Act, Wages Protection Act), collective agreements and company policies
  • identify different ways to increase new migrant workers’ union participation within their workplaces and communities
  • understand the motivating factors and barriers that impact new migrant workforce development.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Organising New Migrant Workers. Course No: 504

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to increase participants’ knowledge and skills to organise new migrant workers (those who have been in New Zealand less than five years).

By the end of this one-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • identify the different major migrant ethnicities, their reasons for migrating and their employment histories in New Zealand
  • identify the main issues facing new migrant workers and describe ways to overcome these
  • use communication techniques for the workplace suitable for new migrants
  • develop a basic organising plan for a specific workplace
  • identify potential new migrant delegates or leaders and use task based development techniques within the workplace
  • establish relationships with different migrant organisations and migrant service centres.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Educating to Organise. Course No: 568

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to increase participants’ knowledge around the process of learning, the principles of learning, and the principles of adult education within the union education context. The course also aims to increase participants’ skills and knowledge in relation to facilitating education activities and sessions.

By the end of the three-day course, participants will be able to:

  • identify the differences between course aims, outcomes and assessment techniques
  • describe the process of learning and how workers learn
  • utilise the principles of adult learning within the context of union education
  • use visual aids within education sessions
  • use activity based learning education exercises
  • establish and maintain a positive group dynamic in learning sessions or workshops
  • use appropriate techniques for dealing with difficult participants
  • use role play, case studies and generating ideas activities in their union education
  • plan and facilitate an education session.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Unions at Work: Cross Union Delegates Workshop. Course No: 523

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to increase the participants’ knowledge and confidence in relation to their roles as union delegates within their workplaces and the employment relations process. The course also aims to provide delegates with the appropriate techniques, information and skills to perform these roles and empower other union members.

By the end of this one day course, participants will be able to:

  • explain to others the key aspects of unionism and well organised workplaces
  • define their role as a union delegate within their industry
  • utilise active communication skills when working with other workers and employers
  • identify and use the appropriate processes and options for dealing with workplace issues
  • be confident in using a range of organising techniques within their workplaces
  • undertake a self-initiated task within their workplace to put into practice what they have learnt at the seminar
  • deal more confidently with the disciplinary processes within the workplace.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Building Diversity Structures. Course No: 524

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

The aim of this course is to increase participants’ knowledge around their employment rights in relation to dealing with discrimination, and ways to increase their co-workers’, employers’ and others’ understanding of queer workers’ issues. This course also aims to increase skills involved in dealing with employment relationship problems, setting up a queer workers’ network and educating other workers in relation to LGBTI workers’ issues.

By the end of this one day course, participants will be able to:

  • identify how rights for LGBTI workers have come about
  • explain role of unions and their structures for supporting LGBTI workers
  • complete an analysis of their own union’s LGBTI structures and issues
  • outline at least one problem solving process that can be used to resolve issues
  • describe the elements of strategic campaigning and planning.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Organising In Our Industries. Course No: 526

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

This two day course is aimed at union delegates, other workplace leaders or those holding representative roles (for example, Learning Representatives, Health & Safety Representatives). They may come from a specific industry, a selected range of industries, or a targeted enterprise. Other potential participants may include union officials and union members. The course has been constructed so it can be facilitated flexibility in a modular way – either as a two-day workshop, two one-day workshops or as four sessions up to three hours each.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • analyse the structure of their industry or enterprise and the employment relationships that exist within it
  • analyse workplace issues that affect working conditions, workplace relationships, union organisation and industry development, and identify possible solutions for them
  • apply a range of organising techniques to increase participation of workers within their union
  • describe the benefits and impacts of building worker networks across the industry in relation to employment relationships and union organisation
  • undertake a self-initiated task or union activity using the skills and knowledge they have gained from participating in the programme.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Pacific Peoples at Work: Komiti Pasifika Fono. Course No: 624

Contact: Ross Teppett (04) 385 1334

This two day Fono is aimed at Pacific union delegates, workplace leaders and union members. It is designed to build skills, confidence and greater understanding around how Pacific workers can effectively contribute to creating more productive employment relationships and workplaces in line with the principle objectives of the Employment Relations Act (ERA).

By the end of the Fono, participants will be able to:

  • describe the key elements of the objectives of the Employment Relations Act as these relate to their own workplace, particularly the meaning and operation of good faith
  • outline the broad issues facing Pacific workers in the New Zealand labour market and economy
  • outline strategies for addressing the economic issues facing Pacific workers
  • describe various practical actions that they can take to build more productive employment relationships in their own workplaces.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Building Communication Skills – Course No: 703

Contact: Ross Teppett, 04 385 1334

This is a one day course, the course has been constructed so it can be facilitated flexibly in a modular way – either as a full one day workshop or as two half sessions of up to four hours each. This course is aimed at union delegates, workplace leaders and those holding representative roles.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the key features and principles of effective communication
  • demonstrate a range of key communication skills including note-taking, active listening, public speaking and assertiveness
  • describe how to communicate complex messages or information in a clear way for a range of audiences
  • demonstrate communicating confidently and effectively on a key issue to a simulated audience.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Learning Representatives Education Workshop – Course No: 437

Contact: Ross Teppett, 04 385 1334

This two-day course is designed for employees who are elected to the position of employees’ learning representative. These representatives are trained to assist and encourage co-workers with regard to workplace learning, to advocate on behalf of co-workers on learning and career issues, and to work with employers in identifying learning needs and opportunities.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand the role of the learning representative
  • be able to describe the benefits of workplace learning for employees and employers
  • understand issues surrounding literacy and numeracy at work
  • be able to describe ways to assist co-workers with learning
  • assist in the negotiation of a workplace learning agreement.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Skills of Organising – Course No: 520

Contact: Ross Teppett, 04 385 1334

This is a five day workshop held in two parts (three days, then two days after a six-eight week break). This course is aimed at paid union officials and senior delegates.

The course aims to increase participants’ organising skills and knowledge. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • use key communication techniques within the workplace
  • describe key aspects and techniques of organising within a Union context
  • identify the main issues facing NZ workers from a historical and contemporary perspective
  • identify workplace issues to organise and educate around
  • develop an organising plan focusing on building workplace and industry leadership
  • implement strategies to assist them with planning and prioritising their work
  • develop strategies and resources to assist in the process of educating delegates
  • and members
  • undertake a systematic analysis and review of organising plans.

Approved for a period of three years from 26 July 2018.


Building Pasifika Voice – Course No: 716

Contact: Ross Teppett, 04 385 1334

This two day programme aims to explore how Pasifika working people can play a more productive and active role in the workplace and their union organisations by learning new skills and knowledge to enhance their representation and contribution opportunities. The programme also examines key employment and health and safety laws to build participants’ knowledge and confidence on applying these laws at work to enhance their productive potential. This programme can be facilitated flexibly and is available for use by any union affiliated to the NZCTU.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 25 November 2016.


Working Women and their Unions: Building Strength and Leadership - Introductory Workshop - Course No: 719

Contact: Ross Teppett, 027 591 0034

This one day workshop aims to build the skills, knowledge and understanding of participants in relation to:

  • the status of working women in New Zealand, and internationally;
  • empowering women workers as active and productive participants in the employment relationship, their unions and the community, and;
  • developing plans to improve working life for working women.

Approved for a period of 3 years from 21 June 2017.


Working Women and their Unions: Building Strength and Leadership - Advanced Workshop - Course No: 720

Contact: Ross Teppett, 027 591 0034

This two day workshop aims to build the skills, knowledge and understanding of participants in relation to:

  • the status of working women in New Zealand, and internationally;
  • empowering women workers as active and productive participants in the employment relationship, their unions and the community, and;
  • developing plans to improve working life for working women.

Approved for a period of 3 years from 21 June 2017.


Introduction to the Idea of Fair Pay Agreements: Course No 723

Contact: Ross Teppett, (04) 801 0835

This half-day workshop aims to deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of the concept of fair pay agreements, as envisioned by the Government-appointed Fair Pay Agreement Working Group. This short course looks at how a fair pay agreement approach to bargaining could be beneficial to employers and employees in a sector or industry through the reduction of wage competition and achieving higher productivity.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • outline the summary findings of the government-commissioned Fair Pay Agreement Working Group
  • explain the link between fair pay agreements and the potential for higher workplace productivity
  • explain how fair pay agreements would align with the principles and object of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 23 September 2019.

This course is approved for use by any union affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.


Making Work Better – Fair Pay Agreements: Course No 724

Contact: Ross Teppett, (04) 801 0835

This one-day workshop examines the findings of the Government-appointed Fair Pay Agreement Working Group in relation to the scope and design of a system of sector or occupation wide bargaining, which sets minimum terms and conditions of employment. The course looks at how this bargaining arrangement can be beneficial to both employers and employees in terms of reducing wage competition, as well as raising workplace productivity and the potential flow-on effect this can have to achieving better pay and conditions for employees.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the key steps in the development of collective wage bargaining in New Zealand
  • describe a range of overseas bargaining models and their comparison with the concept of fair pay agreements
  • outline the summary findings of the government-commissioned Fair Pay Agreement Working Group
  • explain the link between fair pay agreements and the potential for higher workplace productivity
  • explain how fair pay agreements would align with the principles and objectives of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 23 September 2019.

This course is approved for use by any union affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.


Leading in Campaigns: Course No 725

Contact: Ross Teppett, (04) 801 0835

This one-day workshop aims to build the skills, knowledge and understanding of participants in relation to campaigning theory and practice. It explores how they can take the lead to maximise member participation, and the deep learning opportunities that can be generated from involvement in campaigns. The course recognises working people face many challenges in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing economy, and in response to this there is a need for skilled workplace leadership to shape and influence outcomes that can create better quality jobs and a more secure future within the framework of the Employment Relations Act 2000.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • describe the reasons why members may wish to take a campaigning approach to addressing workplace issues
  • describe the key skills required for campaign planning and development
  • explain the role of workplace leadership in the running of successful campaigns
  • explain the link between campaigning outcomes and the objectives of the Act.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 23 September 2019.

This course is approved for use by any union affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.


Organising for Healthier and Safer Workplaces: Course No 726

Contact: Ross Teppett, (04) 801 0835

This two-day workshop aims to build the skills, knowledge and understanding of participants to ensure they can contribute to building sustainable processes and practices that create good health and safety systems in the workplace. The course examines the key elements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and associated regulations, to ensure participants can communicate confidently with employers and employees about the proper and effective operation of the law in the workplace. A key feature of the course is understanding the rights and responsibilities of health and safety representatives, and how to go about creating the right conditions for their election, support, learning and development.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • explain the key principles and practices that underpin good health and safety in the workplace
  • outline the key elements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
  • explain the basic rights and responsibilities of elected health and safety representatives
  • explain the process of risk management and the role of workplace participation agreements.

Course approved for a period of 3 years from 23 September 2019.

This course is approved for use by any union affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.

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