Previous LWN Training Programmes

Labour Women's Network has a long tradition of providing gold-standard, subsidised training opportunities for our members, and over recent years this has opened up to non-members.

Our training enjoys a very high reputation, with high calibre trainers.  

We have a (very) long list of graduates and alumnae, here are just a few of our graduates that you may recognise from the current Shadow team in Parliament - Angela Rayner MP, Anneliese Dodds MP, Emily Thornberry MP, Thangam Debbonaire MP, Rachel Reeves MP, Preet Kaur Gill MP, Cat Smith MP, Jess Phillips MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Tulip Siddiq MP, Tracy Brabin MP, Alison McGovern MP plus swathes of Councillors, Council Leaders and Cabinet members, Community Leaders, trade unionists, carers, doctors, teachers, scientists, musicians, firefighters, administrators, train drivers...  We take our duty to help advance diversity in public life very seriously.

No two courses are the same as we tailor them to each group so everyone gets 110% out of the course.  Our courses are heavily subsidised by our membership as we recognise finance is often a barrier for women entering political life and we run our own bursary scheme.

Below are a few of the courses we have run over our 32 year history. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have paused any physical training. However, if you would like to know more about our current online training please click here.

LWN Weekend Leadership Schools were designed for women who are in or thinking of taking on leadership roles at any level in the Party, from branch officer to parliamentary candidate and everything in between. The course is very intensive with a high trainer/trainee ratio and plenty of time to think about yourself and your future.

Participants acquired new skills, learned how to build profile and play to their strengths and met some great Labour women.

Leadership Weekend schools have been held in Sheffield, Durham, Swindon and Barnsley.

LWN heavily subsidised the cost of the weekends (this course started from £150 for LWN members) plus we offered five full bursaries via our own Bursary Fund.

Graduate Weekends were similar in set up to the Leadership Weekends but focus on Parliamentary selection specifically, again this course was very intensive with a high trainer/trainee ratio and plenty of time for participants to think about themselves and their future.

Graduate weekends have been held in Birmingham, Newcastle, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Stirling, Durham, Leeds, Derby, Watford, Bristol, Nottingham...

Local Government Leadership Days were for Labour women Councillors who were considering a leadership role within the Group or Cabinet.

They allowed participants to gain new skills and brush up on some they didn’t know they had. They focused on developing a personal political strategy, developing and communicating message and teambuilding and networking.

Our Foundation Days were ideal for women who wanted to think about going into public life, but weren't yet ready for our residential courses.

And, our Women’s Workshops focused on applying for the Panel of Council Candidates, Party Officer Skills and Public Speaking, and were based more locally in CLPs.