The construction industry has enormous potential for creating jobs in both developed and developing countries. Globally, the industry accounts for 7.6 per cent of total employment, which is equivalent to approximately 230 million jobs.This job-intense industry consists mainly of small firms (SMEs), which often face challenges in compiling documents and bidding for tenders, accessing bank credits, and efficiently managing labour, materials, equipment and finance. Clients of infrastructure investment projects, on the other hand, (which are often government entities) also face difficulties in assessing the capacity of SMEs and contracting works, as well as in monitoring the implementation and evaluating the overall quality of the works delivered. This course provides an interactive e-learning opportunity to understand the environment in which SMEs in the construction sector operate and explores how to engage them using transparent and efficient procurement procedures that also create an enabling environment for SME development. By undertaking a review of different approaches, case studies and tools, participants will learn how to engage SMEs to undertake infrastructure works that create more and better jobs, while ensuring the quality of the assets to be constructed. This third edition of the course will focus on procurement and contracting procedures, and will include a community contracting tool.
The course is intended for professionals involved in designing, procuring and implementing infrastructure works. The course specifically targets: - Government officials involved in public investment at the local, provincial and national levels; - Social partners (engineering associations, trade unions, etc.); - ILO and UN staff and development practitioners; - Donor organizations which are working or would like to enhance the labour inputs of investment projects; - Public investment and employment policy advisers; - Research and educational institutions.