ILO Invites Applications to Training Course on Green Jobs

22 May 2012. Green jobs are decent jobs that contribute to preserving and restoring the quality of the environment. In order to provide governments and social partners with knowledge and tools to assess challenges and opportunities for their promotion, the International Training Centre (ITC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO), in collaboration with the International Labour Office, organizes a blended course entitled Green Jobs: Linking the Environment, Climate Change and the World of Work, from 2-27 July 2012. The deadline for application is 1 June 2012.

The overall objective of this course is to provide a conceptual and strategic framework for the promotion of green jobs at the national level, by focusing on the social and employment dimensions of the green economy. At the end of the course, it is expected that participants have:

  • gained an overall understanding of sustainable development, the green economy and the link between the environment, climate change and the world of work;
  • acquired a sound and constructive knowledge of basic concepts and definitions of green jobs and decent work;
  • assessed the employment potential and opportunities that green policies can generate in selected economic sectors;
  • explored how skills need shift as economies go green and what the connected challenges and policy responses are;
  • formulated common arguments in a multi-stakeholder context in order to promote transition to a greener economy, in line with the ILO Decent Work Agenda and other national development frameworks.

The course is structured around 3 phases:

  • Phase 1: 2 – 13 July (pre-course support, online)

On an individual basis and with the opportunity of interacting with the group and tutors, a series of key concepts regarding climate change, sustainable development, green jobs, decent work, adaptation and mitigation are explored, in order to reach a common base of understanding.

  • Phase 2: 16 – 20 July (residential phase, Turin, Italy) 

The residential part of the course, at the ILO International Training Centre in Turin, is taught by experts from the ILO, ITC-ILO, and other partner organizations in the Green Jobs Initiative.

  • Phase 3: 23 – 27 July (post-course follow up, online) 

Participants start the design of a Green Jobs Action Plan in Turin. This plan can be further developed at distance, supported by the green jobs platform with a view to prepare for its implementation in the participants’/national/institutional respective context. This phase is optional.

The course is addressed to a mixed audience of professionals interested in the social, economic and employment dimension of the green economy. This includes representatives from Ministries of Labour/Employment and social partners from developing and emerging economies, as well as government officials from other line Ministries (e.g. Environment, Planning, Finance, etc.), national and international development agencies, civil society organizations and academia, among others.

The course is conducted entirely in English and total cost amounts to € 2500, including: tuition costs (€ 1900) and subsistence costs (€ 600). The registration form is available at: http://intranetp.itcilo.org/STF/A975148/en

For further information please contact Ms Alice Vozza or Ms Sophie Ouine (greenjobs@itcilo.org) or visit http://greenjobs.itcilo.org.