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

Transition from the informal to the formal economy: trade union strategies and follow-up to ILO Recommendation 204

Code: A159036 When: 01 Aug 2016 - 05 Aug 2016 Venue: Kisumu, Kenya Language: Portuguese - English

Strengthening Trade Union strategies to deal with impact of trade and investment agreements on decent work and sustainable development

Code: A359012 When: 22 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2016 Venue: Bangkok, Thailand Language: English

Training on Unions and Decent Work Country Programmes

Code: A359014 When: 29 Aug 2016 - 02 Sep 2016 Venue: Beijing, China Language: English


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