The Programme for Workers’ Activities is the training arm of the Bureau for Workers' Activities (ACTRAV) of the ILO. The Programme responds to the training needs of workers' organizations through courses, materials, projects and advisory services.

It is the largest international labour education programme in the world and offers free training opportunities to leaders, senior activists and technical staff of workers' organizations.

The Programme runs:

  • residential training courses in Turin
  • follow-up seminars and training activities that assess the impact of its activities, as well as providing further advanced training
  • online labour education
  • staff training for ACTRAV.

Training courses mainly concern:

  • international labour standards and the use of the ILO supervisory system
  • implementation of the Social Justice Declaration and the Decent Work Agenda
  • employment and development policies and poverty-reduction strategies
  • social protection and occupational safety and health, with a focus on HIV-AIDS
  • social dialogue
  • collective bargaining and organizing
  • gender and women workers' rights
  • training of trainers and training methodology
  • the use of information technology by trade unions.


The Secretary of the Workers' Group of the ILO Governing Body plays a central role in choosing the organizations eligible to send participants to the activities. No participant is enrolled directly in the activities without going through that process.

The Programme has developed a set of computer communication tools known as SoliComm, Solidarity Communications. It uses them for pre-course orientation and post-course follow-up. Moreover, labour organizations can use them for building networks, organizing educational activities, conducting campaigns and more. They encompass e-mail, mailing lists, computer conferencing, websites and an e-library.

Upcoming Courses

Global supply chains and trade union strategies

Code: A159006 When: 29 Feb 2016 - 11 Mar 2016 Venue: Lomé, Togo Language: English - French

ILS mainstreaming gender equality and non-discrimination (linked to A908181/150461)

Code: A979371 When: 29 Feb 2016 - 29 Apr 2016 Venue: Distance Language: English - Spanish

Impact of trade union education programmes: lessons learned and ways forward

Code: A459028 When: 21 Mar 2016 - 23 Mar 2016 Venue: Zagreb, Croatia Language: English


Equality and Discrimination

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Child Labour Booklet

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International Labour Standards Booklet

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Innovation: Decent Work Promotion

The Centre established an in-house financing mechanism in 2012 with the objective of nurturing innovation and research in the training portfolio of the Centre, with an emphasis on internet-support and IT-enhanced learning methods. Over 2012-14, the Fund has supported 19 in-house initiatives with a combined budget of 500,000 Euros. Read More

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