Labour Women's Network has a long tradition of providing gold-standard, subsidised training opportunities for our members.
Our training enjoys an excellent reputation, with carefully thought-through content, lots of interaction, and highly experienced trainers and facilitators. LWN's Training Team is entirely voluntary, and each member brings her own individual knowledge and experience to our work. You can find out more about who they are by clicking here.
We make every effort to ensure that a diverse range of women are able to participate in our training, and we monitor and publish our diversity figures, which you can see here.
No two courses are the same as we tailor them to each group so everyone gets 100% 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.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we paused any in-the-room training; however, we are starting to deliver this again in November 2021. We have also developed new online training opportunities, which have proved very popular.
Click here to find out about our Candidate Selection Courses, run either in-person or online, and particularly useful for women thinking of standing for selection as Parliamentary candidates.
Click here to find out about our Making Your Mark personal and political development online courses.
Click here to find out about our Understanding Labour's Selection Process, which is a two-hour course run online.
To find our more about how LWN training works please go to our FAQ page here.
We have a (very) long list of graduates and alumnae. Some you may recognise from the current team in Parliament are: Angela Rayner, Anneliese Dodds, Emily Thornberry, Thangam Debbonaire, Rachel Reeves, Preet Kaur Gill, Cat Smith, Jess Phillips, Seema Malhotra, Tulip Siddiq and Alison McGovern as well as Tracy Brabin (the first female Metro Mayor) and all three female Labour Police and Crime Commissioners. We've also trained swathes of Councillors, Council Leaders and Cabinet members from all kinds of backgrounds and occupations, including community leaders, trade unionists, carers, doctors, teachers, scientists, musicians, firefighters, administrators and train drivers. We take our duty to help advance diversity in public life very seriously.
Click here to read a few of our endorsements.
Over the years we have run training and development events in venues around the country including Birmingham, Newcastle, Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Cardiff, Stirling, Durham, Leeds, Derby, Watford, Bristol, Nottingham and more. This will continue to be our policy once we return to in-person training. However, our new online courses have enabled an even wider range of women to participate and we are therefore going to continue to run them alongside in-person events. We are also investigating the best way of putting on some innovative hybrid courses, so watch this space!
At the 2019 General Election, of the record breaking 53% of Labour candidates who were women, 20% were graduates or alumnae of Labour Women’s Network. Watch our #lwntrainingworks video.