E-Learning on Fair Recruitment Processes for Practitioners

E-learning on fair recruitment processes for practitioners

E-Learning on Fair Recruitment Processes for Practitioners

12 September–21 October 2022
The course is available in English, Français
Key features

An action-oriented, highly participative approach will be used, with particular attention devoted to sharing international experiences with a view to their adaptation and practical application. Particular attention will be paid to the presentation of “good practices” through case studies reflecting experiences already gained locally and internationally.


An innovative e-learning experience combining self-paced modules, webinars and discussions, case studies, forum debates, role-play exercises and group work using up-to-date learning methods and technologies.


Learning begins at own pace, continues through high-quality, engaging “real time” sessions and ends with an individual assignment


Practitioners from different parts of the world and different background will join the e-learning to share with participants their concrete experience and actions on how establishing fair recruitment practices 

Introduction to the course

In today's globalized economy, workers are increasingly looking for job opportunities beyond their home country in search of decent work and better livelihoods. In addition, millions of workers migrate internally in search of employment. Public and private employment agencies, when appropriately regulated, play an important role in the efficient and equitable functioning of labour markets by matching available jobs with suitably qualified workers. The new reality that the COVID-19 pandemic is creating for countries is having an enormous impact on workers' mobility across borders, particularly due to the imposition of strict limitations on international travel. In addition, the unprecedented reduction in economic activity is critically impacting all workers, including migrant workers, putting them in economic peril, and endangering their health and psychosocial wellbeing. Nevertheless, countries and businesses are and will continue recruiting workers nationally and internationally, in particular into those sectors considered essential. Recruitment practices are adapting quickly to respect COVID-19 prevention measures. This includes shifting to online modalities , looking to recruit nationally (e.g. unemployed migrant workers already in the labour market in the country of destination, or national workers), and preparing for safe and fair recruitment practices once travel restrictions are lifted. Social dialogue is essential to discuss and agree the measures to be taken. However, concerns have been raised about the growing role of unscrupulous employment agencies, informal labour intermediaries and other operators acting outside the legal and regulatory framework that prey especially on low-skilled workers and those desperately searching for work. Reported abuses involve one or more of the following: deception about the nature and conditions of work; retention of passports; illegal wage deductions; debt bondage linked to the repayment of recruitment fees; and threats if workers want to leave their employers, coupled with fears of subsequent expulsion from a country. A combination of these abuses can eventually result in human trafficking and forced labour, which are often linked to other serious infringements of fundamental rights in the workplace. Despite the existence of international labour standards relating to recruitment, national laws and their enforcement often fall short of protecting the rights of workers. For migrant workers, these may be coupled with threats if workers wish to leave their employers, and fears of subsequent expulsion from a country. In response to those challenges, The Fair Recruitment Initiative (FRI) was launched in 2014 as part of the ILO Director General's call for a Fair Migration Agenda. Since its launch in 2014, the FRI has been critical to ILO's work in the area of national and international recruitment of workers and has added renewed impetus and visibility to this important topic.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for officials, policymakers and practitioners of public institutions and ministries dealing with migration, trafficking and/or forced labour; representatives of workers' and employers' organizations; representatives of public and private employment agencies; staff of NGOs and civil society organizations; experts and civil servants working for international agencies; representatives of the recruitment industry, as well as businesses; other key actors engaged in these issues.

Prove your skills with a Diploma

This course is part of one Diploma programme:

Why this course?

This course, based on the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative Strategy, is a direct answer to the acknowledged need to reinforce the capacities of the ILO constituents and other key actors, in particular, within the cotext of exacerbated challenges created by COVID 19 pandemic.  Thus, the ILO will play its role in providing capacity building and technical assistance to its constituents in promoting fair recruitment and ensuring that recruitment and placement services respect workers’ fundamental principles and rights, including those of migrant workers. The course is direct implementation of Pillar 1 and more specifically Target 1.4 “Training and capacity building is effectively delivered in cooperation with ITC-ILO, and materials developed, adapted and updated to address their emerging needs”.

What will I be able to do?

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Appreciate the relevant international labour standards as well as the General principles and operational guidelines for fair recruitment and definition of recruitment fees and related costs;
  • Understand the economic determinants of informal/formal recruitment and measurement of recruitment costs, in and the impact that COVID 19 pandemic is having on these;
  • Analyse alternative options to private employment agencies, including via public employment agencies, workers’ cooperatives and directly through accredited employers, with tripartite and bipartite supervision;
  • Share good practices of laws, policies and enforcement mechanisms, including a compilation of regulatory and enforcement models that have demonstrated a measurable impact in reducing human trafficking and irregular migration;
  • Understand the needs to protect the rights of workers, including migrant workers, from abusive and fraudulent practices during the recruitment and placement process;
What topics does this course cover?
  • International binding and non-binding instruments promoting Fair recruitment (including the General principles and operational guidelines)
  • Policies and enforcement to promote fair recruitment
  • Legislation to regulate recruitment, including licensing and monitoring mechanisms, complaints mechanism and effective access to remedies
  • Recruitment regulation in practice
  • Monitoring and Enforcement of Recruitment Regulations and access to justice
  • Trade Union and NGO actions in support of Fair Recruitment
  • The different recruitment processes including recruitment through private and public agencies and bilateral labour agreements
  • Fair Recruitment at the sector level
  • Experiences on ensuring compliance, including certification and social auditing 
  • The impact of fair recruitment on the global supply chain
  • Recruitment fees and other related costs
  • Fair Business practices and the actions taken by employers
  • Impact of COVID-19 pandemic on recruitment processes
  • The role of the media in promoting fair recruitment processes
  • Promoting fair and ethical recruitment in a digital world
What will I be required to do during the course?

Course learning materials and tuition will be offered online in English and Spanish. The following requirements are therefore essential to participate in this course:

  • the ability to use and access a computer with internet
  • working knowledge of written English or Spanish
  • the availability to dedicate per week between 5-10 hours to the course
How is the course structured?

The course consists of a number of online modules offered through the e-campus online platform to be completed over a period of six weeks from 23 August to 01 October 2021, for an estimated total of 60 learning hours. The course is broken down into three phases:

  • Flexible learning: (asynchronous) self-guided online learning on e-campus, forum of discussion facilitated by experts and assessment throughout the different phases of the course.
  • “Real time” learning (synchronous): Live interactive sessions and engaging video presentations by highly experienced trainers, blended with individual and collaborative group exercises, peer-to-peer assessment and online technical forums on e-campus.
  • End of course assignment: Individual assignment applying ILO Guidelines to the participants’ organization.
  • Participants who successfully complete all assessments and the final assignment will receive a Certificate of Achievement. The passing grade is 60/100

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