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

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Africa

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Africa

This course focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and will enable participants to develop people-centred policy building blocks underpinned by realistic strategies to inform trade unions' active participation in both regional and national follow-up and review processes on the SDGs. Read More

06 March 2017 - 17 March 2017

English - Portuguese

Praia, Cabo Verde

A1510031

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Enrolment deadline: 06 March 2017

Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible: Políticas sindicales y planes de acción

Objetivos de desarrollo sostenible: Políticas sindicales y planes de acción

Los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) fueron adoptados por las Naciones Unidas como la agenda de desarrollo para el Sistema Internacional. Read More

20 March 2017 - 31 March 2017

Spanish

Santiago de Chile

A2510029

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Enrolment deadline: 20 March 2017

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Asia and the Pacific

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Asia and the Pacific

As a follow-up to the Global Workers' Academy on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this course aims to develop union capacities in Asia and Pacific to shape and influence the full implementation of the agenda. Read More

17 April 2017 - 28 April 2017

English

Bangkok, Thailand

A3510026

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Enrolment deadline: 17 April 2017

Trade union training on global supply chains and trade union strategies: Follow-up of the ILC discussion

Trade union training on global supply chains and trade union strategies: Follow-up of the ILC discussion

The course is intended to develop trade unions' capacities in the areas of freedom of association, organizing and collective-bargaining strategies in MNEs and their supply chains. Read More

08 May 2017 - 19 May 2017

English - French - Spanish

Turin Centre

A9010009

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Enrolment deadline: 08 May 2017

Trade union policy and organizing on labour migration

Trade union policy and organizing on labour migration

This course aims to strengthen trade unions' capacities to defend and promote the rights of migrant workers within the frameworks of the ILO's Fair Migration Agenda 2014 and Fair Recruitment Initiative, and the DWCPs and SDGs processes. Read More

03 July 2017 - 14 July 2017

English - French - Spanish

Turin Centre

A9010010

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Enrolment deadline: 03 July 2017

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy

This course aims to equip union representatives with the relevant knowledge and skills to support their unions' effort in tackling the barriers that impede the entry of workers into the economic and social mainstream. Read More

14 August 2017 - 25 August 2017

English - French

Lomé, Togo

A1510030

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Enrolment deadline: 14 August 2017

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

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

As a follow-up to the Global Workers' Academy on the same topic held in 2016, the course seeks to improve the technical competences of union leaders, educators and organizers in identifying and addressing the underlying causes of informality and the barriers to entry into the economic and social mainstream. Read More

04 September 2017 - 15 September 2017

English

New Delhi, India

A3510027

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Enrolment deadline: 04 September 2017

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Europe

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Europe

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by the UN as the development agenda for the international system. Read More

25 September 2017 - 06 October 2017

English - Russian

Turin Centre

A4010024

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Enrolment deadline: 25 September 2017

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Arab States

Sustainable development goals: Trade union policies and national/regional action plans for Arab States

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by the UN as the development agenda for the international system. Read More

25 September 2017 - 06 October 2017

English - Arabic

Turin Centre

A5010023

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Enrolment deadline: 25 September 2017

Formación sindical sobre Normas Internacionales del Trabajo con especial atención a la libertad sindical y la negociación colectiva

Formación sindical sobre Normas Internacionales del Trabajo con especial atención a la libertad sindical y la negociación colectiva

El curso contribuirá al desarrollo de competencias sindicales en el manejo de las normas internacionales de la OIT. Read More

02 October 2017 - 13 October 2017

Spanish

Sao Paulo, Brazil

A2510028

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Enrolment deadline: 02 October 2017

Global Workers' Academy on the Future of Work: Organizing and Collective Bargaining

Global Workers' Academy on the Future of Work: Organizing and Collective Bargaining

The accelerated pace of change in globalization, technology, demographics and climate change has led to rapid transformations in the world of work and has been accompanied by high levels of uncertainty, fear and insecurity. Read More

09 October 2017 - 20 October 2017

English - French - Spanish

Turin Centre

A9010011

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Enrolment deadline: 09 October 2017

Resources

Equality and Discrimination

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

Child Labour Booklet

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

International Labour Standards Booklet

10 page booklet Click here to get the resource

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Asia and the Pacific

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