Integrated Labour Inspection Training System (ILITS)

High standards of inspector training are essential for the pivotal role of labour inspection if decent work is to be promoted at the enterprise level, especially with all the challenge arising from a rapidly changing world of work. ILITS provides a new modular approach to such training.

Instructional material | 01 January 2006
The concepts behind it were first developed during an ILO project in Bulgaria in 1999 and gave fresh impetus to the approach, calling for the strengthening of labour inspectorates and for the ILO’s support in that process. It was decided to integrate within the labour inspectorate the functions of enforcement and advice, occupational health, occupational safety and working conditions, so that they would all form part of the responsibilities of each inspector – the principle of “one inspector(ate)-one-enterprise”. Following a similarly successful integration project in Vietnam, the concepts of ILITS were further refined and subsequently incorporated into the present format.

Built upon the train-the-trainer concept, ILITS provides a comprehensive set of documents covering a wide range of policy and operational topics, but it is also flexible, enabling national authorities to develop their own curricula that are best adapted to their own needs. The guidance should be of particular help to those countries that are in the process of modernizing their labour legislation and inspection systems, especially those developing integrated inspection systems. ILITS is also designed so that more modules can be gradually added, enabling the experience gained by some to be of benefit to everyone.

The main elements of the ILITS approach are: A Train-the-Trainer Methodology, A Modular Approach, and Resource Packs for Better Training.