Green construction: Building the future with sustainable jobs

Green construction: Building the future with sustainable jobs
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Green construction: Building the future with sustainable jobs

19 June–7 July 2023
The course is available in English
Introduction to the course

Buildings in general and residential buildings in particular account for a large proportion of both energy use and carbon emissions. As such, green and sustainable building practices are a critical aspect of the climate change response. Greening of building and construction can have a positive impact on employment creation and local economic development, due to the sector's reliance on local value chains, small and medium sized enterprises and the availability of local technologies and building materials. If managed well, greening of building and construction can be part of a wider strategy to create green and decent jobs by promoting low-carbon and climate-resilient growth. This course, drawing on the experience of the ILO and its partners and on case studies, will present the different elements to be considered when developing national/sectoral strategies for employment creation through sustainable and greener building practices. More specifically, the course will provide an in-depth introduction to the overall concept of green building and construction and the business case for it, with specific emphasis on its labour-related and economic dimensions (green skills, private-sector development, working conditions, access to finance, legal and regulatory frameworks...)

Who attends this course?

Government representatives working in the area of building and construction and sustainable development; Employers' and workers' associations at all stages of the building and construction value chain; Private enterprises and business leaders in the sector; Development agencies. Professionals from universities and civil society organizations and members of green building councils are also welcome.

Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide participants with the key elements of a conceptual framework for the promotion of more and better jobs for inclusive green growth in the building construction sector. They will acquire both the tools and the technical knowledge to be able to initiate and implement change processes at institutional and policy level.

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

  • Apply the basic concepts of green building and construction including design, building materials and technologies in conjunction with the social, environmental and economic dimensions of green building and construction
  • Identify key elements of relevant policy and regulatory frameworks such as green building codes, certification, fiscal measures and incentive schemes, labour regulations and the business environment at large
  • Identify and distinguish the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders from government, the private sector, and employers’ and workers’ organizations to shape a conducive environment for the creation of decent jobs in green construction
  • Analyse framework conditions to develop and implement policies and strategies in the area of
    • Technical and vocational education and training / skills for green construction
    • Green entrepreneurship and private sector development along the green building and construction value chain
    • Occupational safety and health in green building construction
    • Green building certification and fiscal incentives
    • Network building and advocacy for green construction
    • Access to finance for green construction
    • Social and employment impacts of green building and construction measures.
Course structure and methodology

The e-learning course will run over a period of 3 weeks. Throughout the entire course duration participants will have access to the ITCILO’s e-campus and self-guided e-learning modules with interactive learning activities and case studies, background reading material and key information on the course.

Each week 2 interactive, live online sessions will be delivered by ITCILO trainers. The online sessions offer the opportunity to learn and exchange with sector experts and professionals from international organizations, research institutions as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations on the various course topics. Recordings of the session will be available on the e-campus.

During the sessions, participants will also have the possibility to further their skills in interactive group learning exercises. The course will close with a final assignment that will enable participants to apply their newly acquired knowledge and put it into action.

Why should I join?

This course will enable participants to understand the labour and economic aspects related to green building and construction in their respective countries and communities.

Participants will thus be prepared to actively shape a key sector of the transition to a greener, job-rich and socially just economy.

The course will allow participants to become leaders on harnessing the emerging opportunities and will enhance their professional profile by acquiring new skills with an increasing demand in the future.

Practical Information

The course will be conducted in English and it will be held fully online.

After successfully completing all required activities, participants obtain an official ITCILO Certificate of Participation in Digital Credentials Format.

The tuition fee for this course is 985 Euros.

How to apply?

If you wish to participate in this course, please fill in the online application form available here: https://oarf2.itcilo.org/DST/A9715157/en

Applications must be received no later than 10 June 2022.

If the participation is sponsored by an institution, the application should be accompanied by a letter from the sponsoring organization.

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