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Subsidised training alert

NUJ PROFESSIONAL Training has two courses for freelances in July - First Steps in Freelancing on Friday 17 July and Winning and Negotiating Freelance Work on Friday 31 July. These are delivered virtually via Zoom by tutor S.A. Mathieson.

The cost to freelance NUJ members would normally be £40 for First Steps and £50 for Winning and Negotiating. However, feedback received by LFB indicated that many of our members - especially those members who have time on their hands and a need urgent need to upskill, having lost all their work to coronavirus - are so broke that the price tag is an obstacle.

So LFB voted in its June virtual meeting to subsidise these specific courses for its own Branch members from its Branch training fund.

LFB members (temporary or full) will pay only £25.00, which is the same as the price for online training courses currently being delivered by NUJ Scotland and available (with some restrictions) to members in the rest of the UK. NUJ Training Scotland and NUJ Training Wales are both part-funded by the respective nation's more sane government, which keeps costs to participants down.

LFB's training fund will pay the £15 or £25 balance. This subsidy from LFB is capped at a total of £300. At the time of writing, there were still plenty of spaces available on both courses.

To claim your LFB discount when registering for either of these NUJ Professional Training courses, contact Laura Fagan at the NUJ via email:, confirming you are a member of NUJ London Freelance Branch. If you're unsure which Branch you're in, contact the NUJ's Membership Department.

For other online courses from the NUJ, NUJ Training Scotland, NUJ Training Wales, the Centre for Investigative Journalism and FEU Training in partnership with the BBC's Lockdown Learning, see our most recent training update.

LFB's own training courses are expected to resume when the easing of Covid-19 social distancing restrictions allow, with a course on podcasting, to be delivered face-to-face.

  • This article was updated on 25/06/20 to correct a typo in S. A. Mathieson's name, and to apologise.