Training and capacity building in the area of climate change, decent work and a just transition

Training courses

Through the International Training Centre of the ILO in Turin, the ILO offers a series of training courses in the area of green jobs, climate change and just transition in 2020. Ongoing courses:
The information about ITC-ILO courses provided in the previous years is also available. 

Training tools

In order to assist countries in the measurement of the potential impacts of climate policies on employment, the ILO developed a Training Guidebook: How to Measure and Model Social and Employment Outcomes of Climate and Sustainable Development Policies, 2017. The Training Guidebook is used to build and enhance the capacity of research organizations in countries, to support the work of their governments. This is done through a global network of research institutions that ILO has put it place, known as the Green Jobs Assessment Institutions Network (GAIN). Over 40 institutions across the world participate in the GAIN network and contribute to sharing knowledge and cooperation.

Capacity building

GAIN promotes institutional capacity building. In 2019, a first Regional Training Hub in Africa was started, hosted by the University of Pretoria in South Africa.


Capacity development of staff on environmental and climate change issues

Internal and external communication

An internal platform was established on Sharepoint in 2018 to serve as an internal repository of resources relating to the mainstreaming of a Just Transition to environmental sustainability across the work of the ILO, including guidance materials, project document examples, training and communication products, and knowledge materials.

Inside newsletters are disseminated to ILO staff at HQ and regional and country offices. Various themes relating to environmental sustainability are circulated through Inside newsletter articles, including upcoming events, training opportunities, and updates on the greening of ILO operations.

Staff engagement

Awareness-raising campaigns were launched to encourage actions to green ILO offices. For example, guidelines were prepared in CO-Pretoria to raise staff awareness on environmental sustainability, and ROAP and ROLAC established a working group on Greening the ILO to propose actions for greening the office. At HQ, the ILO Green Week celebrated the centenary of the ILO and the World Environment Day with exhibitions, dialogues with practitioners, innovators, and strategic partners and a presentation of programmes and initiatives of the ILO in the field of environmental sustainability.

Staff capacity building

In an effort to enhance the capacity of ILO staff to mainstream environmental sustainability into the work of the ILO, training courses were developed to support ILO directors, project managers, specialists, and other staff working at HQ and in field offices. In 2018 and 2019, in collaboration with ITC-ILO, the ILO implemented an executive workshop on Shaping ILO Action on Environmental Sustainability including through the greening of programmes, projects and operations and the promotion of strategic partnerships. Twenty ILO senior officials at the D1 and D2 level attended the executive workshop. 

Staff capacity building measures also include the Green Jobs Certificate Programme, which combines a ‘concepts and practices’ foundational course combined with an additional ITC course relating to Just Transition and Green Jobs themes. In addition to the courses listed in Box 6 below, all courses provided by ITCILO on environmental themes, such as those listed in section IV., are open to staff.

Examples of staff training courses on mainstreaming environmental sustainability:
  • Green Jobs Certificate Programme.
  • Mainstreaming environmental sustainability across the ILO’s work: Executive course.
  • Promoting a just transition to environmental sustainability e-learning module.