Training Toolkit on Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes

Training Toolkit on Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes

Training Toolkit on Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes

The course is available in English, Français, Español, العربية

This training toolkit is composed of five modules, which tackle specific—yet interrelated—topics pertaining to fair recruitment.

Key Features

Download the Fair Recruitment modules

Watch animated videos explaining the general principles and operational guidelines on Fair Recruitment

Follow our free self-guided course on Fair Recruitment processes

Introduction to the course

In 2014, the ILO launched the Fair Recruitment Initiative to help prevent human trafficking, protect the rights of workers (including migrant workers) from abusive and fraudulent practices during the recruitment and placement process, reduce the cost of labour migration and enhance development gains.

This training toolkit, developed under the framework of the ILO Fair Recruitment Initiative, has been designed in collaboration with the International Training Centre of the ILO. It represents a step forward to achieve the REFRAME Project objectives by producing and disseminating global knowledge and tools to inform policies and build capacities of relevant actors at different national, regional and international levels.

Who attends this course?

The course is designed for: 

  • officials, policy-makers 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 from international agencies and other key actors concerned with these issues.
What will I be able to do?

With this toolkit, you will:

  • Understand why fair recruitment matters
  • Appreciate the relevant international labour standards as well as the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment
  • Become acquainted with the different types of recruitment processes
  • Share good practices of laws, policies, and enforcement mechanisms
What will I learn?


Module 1: Why Fair recruitment matters:

The first module of the toolkit on Establishing Fair Recruitment Processes aims to introduce the main concepts related to fair recruitment and the key features of the international recruitment landscape. In doing so, the module provides the necessary tools to tackle the other modules.


Module 2: The legal and normative framework for fair recruitment

This module introduces the normative framework for fair recruitment, consisting principally of the General Principles and Operational Guidelines for Fair Recruitment, supplements legally binding treaties by unpacking the specific roles and responsibilities of the various actors implicated in the promotion of fair recruitment.


Module 3: Public employment services and private employment agencies in a changing recruitment landscape

The modern recruitment landscape is constantly adapting in order to respond to rapidly changing labour market needs. In recent decades, it has been characterized by a rise in the prominence of private recruitment agencies. Governments, in their regulatory capacity, are required to determine the legal status and conditions for their operation.


Module 4: Monitoring and enforcement of recruitment regulations

The adoption in 1997 of the ILO Private Employment Agencies Convention (No. 181) reflected the acknowledgement of the growing role played by private recruitment agencies in matching workers with available jobs, and their potential to promote labour market efficiency. However, the Convention also recognizes the need for governments to regulate and monitor their activities.

Module 5:  Business and private sector engagement for promoting fair recruitment

In this module you will  understand how employers, businesses and multi-stakeholder initiatives can support the transition to fair recruitment models. In the same line, you will become familiar with concepts and terminology on due diligence.

Want to join?

This free course is available on eCampus, the ITCILO's online learning platform.

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