Fair Work, Leadership, and Equality - Funding Criteria Launch 2023-24

Fair Work, Leadership, and Equality - Funding Criteria Launch 2023-24

June 22, 2023, 14.00 – 15.00

Online, Zoom

Fair Work: Leadership and Equality Programme


The Scottish Government’s Fair Work Directorate has provided funding to the Scottish Trades Union Congress to help develop leadership capacity within the trade union movement in Scotland through education and training. Building leadership capacity within unions is essential through education and training in taking forward the Fair Work agenda.

The funding is made available to unions, through Scottish Union Learning, to develop leadership capacity, with a focus on enhanced development for Union Reps and Stewards, full-time officials, or under-represented activists e.g. amongst workers with protected characteristics.

The funded activity may build upon existing union leadership programmes or contribute to the development of new leadership activities. This programme is also aimed at increasing equality in the workplace through the provision of education and training and the recruitment of Equality Reps.

Application Process and Criteria for 2023-24

The closing date for applications is Friday, 04 August 2023 by 4pm.

A number of changes were made to the programme last year which are still part of the 2023-24 criteria; these changes include a focus on linking in training, education and activities with current campaigns such as the Cost of Living Crisis and the National Care Service. We have also removed the upper limit of £5000 per bid. This was to encourage applicants to focus on the type of training, educational and activity events in the first instance that could support campaigns rather than focusing on the cost and making the activities fit in with that.

If your union is interested in applying for funding from this programme, please get in touch with Denise Christie, or your SUL (Senior) Development Officer in the first instance.

Scottish Union Learning would also like to encourage you to register for the Fair Work information session on Thursday, 22nd June at 14.00hrs. The session will be an opportunity for unions to get more information on the programme including how to apply, dates and deadlines, and a look at changes to the criteria since the 2021-22 funding period.

Please note that at this session, the STUC Policy Officer for Equalities, along with a member of the STUC's LGBT+ Committee, will launch the new Trans Equality Guidance; a tool for reps and members to use to achieve trans inclusive workplaces.

Applicants can download a copy of the 2023 - 24 Fair Work: Leadership and Equality Criteria (Word document, 185kb) here, and can find a copy of the 2023 - 24 Fair Work: Leadership and Equality Application Form (Word document, 150kb) here.

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