Admission requirements:

Union nomination, matriculation or school leaving certificate; current employment with, or membership of a trade union, labour organisation, or labour movement; and support from employer and union (confirming time off). Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • you are a trade unionist (in full-time employment and/or voluntary involvement) or are otherwise active in the labour movement;
  • you are committed to employing your new skills in labour-related issues;
  • you are motivated to pass on your acquired knowledge to others;
  • you have at least a School Leaving Certificate (in exceptional circumstances we can also recognise prior learning for those who do not have school leaving certificates);
  • those with a Bachelor’s degree are also encouraged to apply;
  • you have at least three years’ labour-related work experience;
  • you are responsible or will become responsible for labour-related policies in an organisation representing workers or dealing with labour issues;
  • you have a good command of English, are able to express yourself in writing and willing to participate actively in classes; and
  • you have support from your employer to attend the course as per the times set above.

Language Requirements

The course is taught in English and participants must be fluent in English.

Application Process

To complete the application process please submit the following documents (in English):

  • Social Theory Application Form for 2020 *
  • Your CV/Resume
  • A Personal Motivational letter
  • A Letter of Recommendation by your Union/Organisation
  • Copies of your academic certificates

* please see the website for the Social Theory for South African Trade Unionists at: for the relevant application form


For enquiries, please contact Mr. Warren McGregor:

Email: GLU.SouthAfrica(at)

Telephone: 011 717 4479/4443

Facsimile: 011 717 4459

Closing Date: Friday, 25 November 2019

Incomplete applications will NOT be processed

Application Submission:

Please submit application documents via email to GLU.SouthAfrica(at) or via courier to: 

Mr Warren McGregor 
Global Labour University South Africa 
Robert Sobukwe Block, Room 203 
School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand
Private Bag X3 
Johannesburg, WITS 2050