The Western Cape Programme comprises of an accredited programme (the TUPQ), the provincial programme which includes provincial schools, PEP training and rollouts, educator’s forum, networking and support work.


SAQA Qualification No: 58337


  • To support and compliment the unions education programmes and capacity needs.
  • To build strong union organisation at shop floor, local, branch and provincial level.


  • Organise strategies to advance trade unionism.
  • Understand and advance the rights of workers.
  • Understand the relationship between the economy, state, political power and the formation of social classes.
  • Understand the history and impact of the trade union movement in South Africa and beyond.


  • The course is offered as a provincial programme with participants enrolling for a learnership in trade unionism or simply for the purposes of obtaining the qualification.
  • The programme is delivered over a period of 12 months. The first six modules were delivered in 2021 and the remaining four will be completed in 2022.


  • Shop stewards, Organisers, Educators and young people who wish to acquire an NQF Level 4 qualification in trade unionism.

Note: The Programme will take the form of blended delivery using online platform and as well as physical contact.

Western Cape Educators Forum

Provides the opportunity for union activists to share experiences across different areas of responsibility in order to build stronger organisations. The meetings are designed to initiate discussion around strategic organisational and education issues intended to further educational support and networking amongst activists across sectors and organisations and to share, support and inform Ditsela Education Programmes and Strategies.

Unions and labour service organisations’ educators meet to discuss, reflect and share experiences and challenges of their education activities in this network. Trade union educators and LSOs are encouraged to send their programmes and materials to Ditsela to facilitate networking and information exchange in the labour movement.


  • To create a platform for sharing ideas and experiences around workers’ education.
  • To reflect on challenges facing the labour movement in order to design and develop appropriate education approaches and content.
  • To capture the work that different labour service organisations and freelance educators are doing to support the building of a workers’ education movement.

Trade union educators, LSO educators, education activists and gender and health and safety coordinators.

Note: The meetings will take the form of blended delivery using online platform and as well as physical contact.