The ARLAC Programme

The programme is designed to provide participants with a unique opportunity to explore key issues in labour administration and labour policy development in an environment which encourages close interaction between participants themselves as well as between participants and resource persons.

The interactive learning draws on the professional and cultural experiences of all those taking part in ARLAC’s programme, in an environment free from the day to day pressures of work. The training activities are supported by advisory, information and research services, to further promote the improvement of individual and organisational effectiveness. ARLAC’s programmes are executed at regional, sub-regional and national levels. ARLAC’s capacity building activities are targeted to participants from Governments, Worker’s and Employer’s Organisations and other key stake holders in the Labour and Employment Sector.


Regional Activities

ARLAC’s regional activities concentrate on capacity building seminars for senior labour administrators and is designed to challenge them to confront a range of social and labour issues impinging on national development. Through these policy level seminars, participants are encouraged to adopt constructively critical perspective on  the performance of the labour administration system in their respective countries. These subject matters and interactive process of these activities assist labour administrators to develop their analytical and problem solving skills as part of their overall professional development.

In addition to policy – oriented activities, ARLAC offers a range of regional seminars, workshops and courses directed at increasing the technical competence of labour administrators in various functional areas including labour inspection, work safety and health, international labour standards, industrial relations, information management systems, human resources development, skills development and vocational training, gender, HIV/AIDS and child labour issues, social protection and welfare, employment promotion and employment services. These seminars involve participants in individual assignments designed to strengthen their technical competence as well as their human relations and interpersonal skills.


Sub-Regional Activities

These are programmes designed to address problems and  issues that are peculiar to member countries within the same geographical sub-region. Such programmes also provide opportunity for exchange of experiences by participants. There are four such geographical sub-divisions; North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa.


National Activities

ARLAC’s national activities are designed to meet the needs of labour officials at all levels and are planned in lose co-operation with the country concerned. The emphasis on interactive and task oriented learning is maintained and participants are encouraged to extend their thinking beyond their immediate working environment.


Nineteen countries have ratified the ARLAC agreement and these are:

  • Botswana
  • Egypt
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Sierra Leone
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

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