24 September 2018 - 05 October 2018

Learning Forum on innovation in public investment and employment programmes

24 September 2018 - 05 October 2018

Learning Forum on innovation in public investment and employment programmes

Learning Forum on innovation in public investment and employment programmes

Course Information

24 September 2018 - 05 October 2018


Turin Centre

Code: A9011255

Enrolment deadline: 21 September 2018

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The forum will focus on a set of policy and operational measures that can enhance the effectiveness and impact of public investment in infrastructure and public employment programmes in the context of a long-term development framework.

Target audience

Target audience

The forum is aimed at people who are concerned with or work in the fields of public investment, employment strategies, active labour market policies, social protection, public employment programmes and rural development. It is intended for a mixed audience of development actors, including senior government officials, representatives of social partners, programme managers and staff of research and education institutions. A gender-balanced participation is sought.

Rationale and objectives

Rationale and objectives

Unemployment, underemployment and workers poverty persist in many countries around the world despite decades of rapid economic growth. This phenomenon, dubbed "jobless growth", mainly affects women and young people. In addition, the financial and economic crisis of this decade exacerbated this phenomenon. This crisis has led to greater recognition of the need for shared growth through effective, targeted, coherent and gender-sensitive policies, strategies and programs, aimed at promoting employment and growth and decent work.

Public investment programs and public spending on infrastructure are widely used to stimulate demand during a recession, but also to create and maintain employment. Large-scale programs have already been put in place in several countries and have demonstrated their ability to influence job creation.

In recent years, innovative public employment schemes have emerged demonstrating the existence of effective ways to create long-term sustainable jobs, especially targeting the poorest and most vulnerable. Public employment programs are increasingly integrated into national employment and social protection policies, reflecting the growing importance that countries attach to public investment programs for job creation and sustainable development.

At the end of the Learning Forum, you can expect to:

  1.  Acquire better understanding of the potentials for sustainable job creation through innovative public investment programmes; and knowledge on the role of employment-intensive investment in ILO approach for job creation and for peace and resilience building in countries affected by fragility conditions; 
  2.  Get familiarized with several tools for effective public programme design and implementation at sector levels;
  3. Articulate several approaches for monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment of public investment and employment programmes;
  4. Acquire knowledge of innovations and best practices in employment-intensive public employment programmes for sustainable decent work creation; including 
    • Getting exposure to contracting methodologies and capacity building approaches for SMEs development in national construction industry;
    • Learning from several countries’ experiences and best practices for local resource-based approaches for community works and services;
    • Acquire insights into best practices on green works through climate change adaptation and response to natural disasters.

Content and programme

Content and programme

What are the policy options and programmes that governments could effectively harness to promote job creation? What options exist for effective use of public spending to stimulate job creation without undermining other development objectives? What innovative job creation programmes can governments design and implement that also contribute to other social and economic priorities? What good practices and lessons could be learned from the experiences of countries that used employment-intensive public investment programmes for promoting decent work?

There are no single or any easy answers to these questions. Results from active government programmes depend on country context, the design of interventions and national capacities to implement such interventions. However, evidences show that well designed and implemented public investment programmes, particularly in infrastructure, could significantly contribute to job creation and sustainable development. 

Drawing from ILO’s vast experience in the field, spanning over 40 years, the Learning Forum will serve as a global platform for promoting exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices on innovative approaches for employment-intensive public investment programmes. The Forum will focus on both policy and operational measures for enhancing the effectiveness of public investment in infrastructure and public employment programmes to support sustainable job creation and long-term development. 

Plenary sessions in the morning

Every morning, the Forum offers two sessions of 90 minutes each in plenary on a strategic and cross-cutting topic in the field of job creation through public investment and employment programmes.

  • What Employment Intensive Investments Programmes are not?
  • Employment-Intensive approaches - Setting the context; 
  • Fiscal Space & Affordability: Making the case for PIEPs using Employment Impact Assessments
  • Reaching the vulnerable and other target groups; 
  • Appropriate institutional setting; 
  • Labour practices and conditions of work in Employment-Intensive approaches; 
  • Green works, natural disasters, climate change adaptation; 
  • Quality of works and services and asset management; 
  • Mainstreaming gender equity in public works; 
  • Effective (project cycle) design in different sectors and situations.

Elective sessions (optional modules)

Participants will be able to choose from several optional elective courses. These optional courses deal in depth with specific topics

  1. Innovations in Public Employment Programmes; 
  2. Employment Intensive Investment (EII) approaches in the provision and maintenance of assets in different sectors; 
  3. Contracting – Public and Private Sector Capacities for efficient management and good governance of investment and employment programmes; 
  4. Local Resource-Based approaches preventing vulnerability and fragility, facilitating recovery and building resilience.

Additional subjects may be added as we get close to the workshop.

The optional modules will alternate the lectures and interactive learning methodologies.

Exchange by the participants:

1. Sharing of practical experiences: Two specific niches will be reserved for the presentation of innovative practices by the participants themselves. All participants will be invited to share an innovative practice or original solution to a particular problem.

2. Policy design exercice: designing for innovation 

Participants will engage in the design of a public employment and investment policy based on case studies. This exercise will help participants to understand the different elements of an integrated policy and stimulate them through applying the contents of the Learning Forum sessions and modules.

Training materials

Participants will have access to all course materials (speaker presentations, case studies and further reading, etc.) in electronic format and on our virtual campus.

Training methodology

Training methodology

The training methodology for the Learning Forum will be highly participatory. It is designed to ensure a ‘learning-by-doing’ process that encourages the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices among participants.

The training methodology will combine lectures by experts and practitioners from the ILO and ITCILO with participatory individual exercises and group work.

The state-of-the-art interactive facilitation methods will be used in combination with digital learning technologies to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and best practices. An interactive web-platform, the e-Campus, will be used to enhance the learning experience to easily access the course materials for each session.

An evaluation questionnaire will be made available at the end of the event to acquire information on participants’ satisfaction and suggestions on how to improve the Forum’s learning modules and methodology.

A knowledge acquisition test will be administered to assess the new knowledge participants acquired during the Learning Forum. 


Language requirements

Language requirements

The Learning Forum is offered in English and French, with simultaneous interpretation provided in both languages. 

Participation costs

Participation costs

The Learning Forum is fee-paying. The total cost is 3 680 euro and it is composed of:

  • the tuition cost of 2 320 euro covering the cost of programme development and management, secretarial and administrative support costs, the use of training facilities and teaching equipment, office supplies and training materials. Also included is emergency medical insurance;
  • The participant’s accommodation and subsistence cost of 1 360 euro covering lodging and subsistence at the ITCILO campus.

 For information regarding payment, cancellation and refunds, please consult: http://www.itcilo.org/en/training-offer/how-to-apply

How to apply

How to apply

The following process will allow you to effectively plan your course registration and preparation to come to Turin. It will also allow you to efficiently manage your application.


Candidates wishing to participate in the course are invited to send us:

1. An online registration form duly completed: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A9011255/en;

2. An official letter of financial support issued by their organization (or donor) specifying that the organization (or donor)  will cover the following:

  • The total cost of participation in the course; the balance of the participation fee (if they receive a grant from the Center) OR the amount that the organization or donor can consider;
  • Travel expenses between the country of origin and the Training Centre.

Only candidates who will produce both documents (online form and cover letter) will be considered. Please attach the cover letter to the registration form or send it to employmentpolicy@itcilo.org


A limited number of partial scholarships is available. The selection of candidates to benefit from these scholarships will be made according to the following criteria:

1. Proven professional experience in the technical fields relevant to the training; and justification on how the activity will strengthen the candidates' professional skills and how they will use them in their organization;

2. Participation cost - capacity to cover (partially or fully) the costs and the air ticket.


Please note that the Turin Training Centre can only confirm your candidature to the training you are interested in after receipt of the tow documents mentioned above: registration form, letter of sponsorship and confirmation of ticket financing.

When the application is accepted, it is the responsibility of the participants to obtain a Schengen visa. Visa applications must be submitted at least four weeks before the beginning of the activity, accompanied by a letter of support from the Turin Centre. Like travel expenses, the costs related to obtaining the visa are the responsibility of the participant.

Attention: Please do not proceed to the purchase of your plane ticket before receiving the official selection notice from the Turin Centre.

Tuition cost: 2320

Subsistence cost: 1360

Total cost: 3680


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