The EU directive on European Works Councils gives EWC members the right to receive training – at the company’s expense – in order to carry out their role representing employees in an international environment.   Many EWC agreements also contain provisions entitling members to receive on-going training on a regular basis.

Training for EWC members is important – both for new members, to help them understand the purpose of the European Works Council, what their role is, and how they can carry it out effectively;  and also for established members, to help them perform their role better, so that both sides can get more out of the process. 


ProVizon provides training to members of European Works Councils

We provide training to new EWC members when they first take up their role, and also to established EWC members.  Training can be provided to individuals, to groups of members (eg from the same country, or new reps from different countries) or to the full EWC.

We can include some or all of the following topics in the training:

  • Legal background – the “recast” EWC directive, national legislation, and EWC agreements
  • Differences between national EWC laws and employee representation in different countries
  • Understanding the purpose of a European Works Council and the role of employee representatives
  • What are “transnational issues”?
  • Topics for discussion and the meaning of “consultation”
  • The Information and consultation process – timing, frequency, provision of information, procedure for consultation, plenary and exceptional meetings, use of expert advisers
  • The role of the select committee and the employee chair
  • Handling confidential information
  • Reporting back to employees and local works councils, raising awareness and interest amongst the wider workforce
  • Link between transnational and national consultation
  • Time off and facilities for employee representatives
  • Changes to the European Works Council – corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, changes to the agreement, renewal, renegotiation and termination of the agreement
  • How to make your European Works Council more effective
  • Implications of Brexit for EWCs and for UK reps
  • Understanding company accounts
  • Cross-cultural training – working effectively with colleagues from other countries

The training is tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of individual EWC members and individual European Works Councils.  Typically, training for new EWC members would be for one to two days, depending on requirements, but shorter or longer sessions can be arranged.  Training for established EWC members could be for anything between half a day and a week, depending on what was required.  For example, training in understanding company accounts takes half a day, improving your effectiveness as a European Works Council takes a full day or longer.

Training sessions are highly interactive so that participants find it interesting and stimulating, and can put into practice what they are learning.

The training can be held either at the company’s premises, or at a neutral location.  If required, simultaneous interpretation can be provided, as well as translation of slide decks and documents, into the languages of participants.


Please contact us if you would like more information about our training programmes for EWC members, if you have any questions, or if you would like us to quote for providing EWC training.