Lifelong Learning

The POA aims to provide learning opportunities for members. The POA ensures that its work in engaging staff in life-long learning is exemplary. The POA works in partnership with various employers and appropriate organisations who can support the POA in engaging staff and families in accessing learning across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales or areas where POA members work.

The POA provides information to members via the website, Gatelodge, POA circulars as and when deemed necessary. The POA identifies funding streams that may be available and deemed appropriate to ensure staff have access to continued learning provision. The POA provides initial training and continued support and ongoing development training for Branch Officials and members. The POA works towards developing a range of professional qualifications to enable members to develop their skills.

Branch Official Training

Regular training courses for Branch Officials

TUC Courses

Visit the TUC to see TUC Education training courses

GFTU's Education Programme

Here you'll find GFTU's current and upcoming courses

Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.