Focus on your facilitation skills at Train the Trainer 1

Monday, May 27th, 5:00 p.m. to Thursday, May 30th, 1:30 p.m.

Are you ready to learn new facilitation skills with other participants who have demonstrated a commitment to using labour education as part of their work as activists?

OPSEU’s Train the Trainer 1: Focus on Facilitation Skills introduces participants to the theory and practice of activist education used at OPSEU. Its focus is effective facilitation and co-facilitation, with an emphasis on the delivery of OPSEU courses.

Participants will expand their methods and skills to:

  • introduce a variety of activities

  • build community and equity among participants

  • take up small group work

  • lead large group discussions

  • address common conflicts and tensions

  • develop action emerging from union education

How do members apply?

  1. Complete the application form and send it to the Training and Development Unit either by e-mail ( or fax to 416-443-0180.

Applications are due on Monday, February 25, 2013, by 3:00 p.m.

  1. On your questionnaire, you must demonstrate support from a Board Member in your region.

  1. The day after the application deadline, the list of applicants from your region will be sent to your Regional Vice President (RVP) to review with the other two board members. Each RVP will choose one participant from their region, with one or two back-up names should the first person be unavailable or additional seats become available. The RVPs will send their decisions to the Training and Development Unit. RVPs  make their decisions based on the selection criteria below.

  1. The Training and Development Unit will compile this list and send it to the President’s Office for final approval.

  1. Each approved applicant receives a formal invitation to attend from the President’s Office.

We have made it easier to send your application by e-mail!  You can type your information into the application form, save it, and send it by e-mail to  If you do not receive e-mail confirmation within 2 working days that it has been received, OR by the end of the day on the deadline date, please call the Training and Development Unit at 1-800-268-7376 ext. 8299.

If you are faxing your application: Please call or e-mail after faxing to ensure that it has been received: or 1-800-268-7376 ext. 8299.

Applicant Selection Criteria

  • A demonstrated commitment to union meetings and education that mobilizes and builds solidarity between members

  • A recommendation for this training from an Executive Board Member within the same region.

As far as possible, we encourage participation in Train the Trainer programs from OPSEU members who:

  • Can demonstrate interest and involvement in union education and facilitation, or similar work in their community

  • Can identify how they will apply the training (not just in OPSEU regional education, but also in work with locals, sectors, committees, and community),

  • Play leadership roles (i.e. stewards, OPSEU committees – all these roles require process skills in bringing people together, running meetings, etc.)

By applying the above criteria, OPSEU hopes to identify and select the best possible participants for this program – activists who can help strengthen local, sectoral and regional education.

Each Train the Trainer program tries to ensure fair representation by region, sector and equity-seeking groups such as women, Aboriginal workers, racialized workers, workers with disabilities, LGBTTIQQ2S workers, young workers and francophone workers.

Member Training and Development Index

Regional Education Schedule of Courses

Regional Education Course Descriptions

Train the Trainer Fall 2007 Archive

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