Our Work

What we do

The mandate of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) as a regional institution is to strengthen labour administration systems in member countries, employers’ and workers’ organisations throughout Africa. Guided by its new Training Policy, ARLAC now extends its services to interested stakeholders including line ministries, social partners and those from the open market.

How we do it

ARLAC delivers its mandate through conducting training and training related activities; promoting technical cooperation between member countries; undertaking research, consultancy and advisory services.

Our impact

ARLAC conducts monitoring and evaluation (M&E) exercises of its programmes through pre and post course assessments. The evaluations demonstrate that the ARLAC programme makes a significant impact on both the individual trainee and the organisation they work for. ARLAC alumni can be found at all level with government, employers and workers organizations.

What we need to apply

  • Personal Information: Name, date of birth, permanent and mailing address, email address, phone number, residency and citizenship information, parent/sponsor information.
  • Educational Information: Previous education: O’ & A’ level, High school/College or University you attended, including dates attended, Diploma or other certificates you have attained.
  • Desired programme: As part of the application process, you will need to specify the programme you intend to pursue.
  • Transcripts: If you have received professional courses, college or university level credit, an official transcript from the institution must be sent to the Admissions Office directly to ARLAC in an original sealed envelope (P.O Box 6097, Harare, Zimbabwe) or sent directly to us electronically (email: training@arlac.co.zw) in order to be considered official.
  • English Language Proficiency: All programmes are taught and assessed in the medium of English (with the exception of some language-specific teaching). Therefore, all applicants must possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency.

Direct Admission Procedures

ARLAC welcomes prospective Trainees from achieving excellence in Labour Administration disciplines.Prospective Trainees for all courses must normally demonstrate a broad general education in labour related fields. Individual course entry requirements may be higher than these, the detail is provided in the course profiles. Prospective Trainees are admitted through any of the following three ways:

  • Prospective Trainees Nominated by Member Countries: Member countries and their respective social partners are invited to nominate trainees to make up the ARLAC membership quota.
  • Prospective Trainees from the Open Market: ARLAC welcomes prospective trainees from outside its membership but are interested in ARLAC Courses.
  • Prospective Trainees Who Are Returning to Education: ARLAC considers prospective Trainees returning to education after employment or other experience in labour related task with their governments, and/or social partners. These Trainees are assessed against the standard entry criteria of the course to which their organization have recommended them.

 

Other Admission Procedures:

  1. Prospective Trainees Seeking Deferred Entry: These trainees are assessed against the same entry requirements and considered equally to other prospective Trainees up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is normally granted for one intake only, at the discretion of admissions staff.
  2. Prospective Trainees Wishing to Reapply: Trainees who are unsuccessful may reapply in a subsequent intake. They are considered against the standard course entry criteria for that intake of entry. The new application should demonstrate an improvement from the previous application.

How to apply

Please click HERE for a direct link to the Application Form. ARLAC also provides the Application Form via email upon request. The form solicits for information such as background, experience, qualifications, motivation and references.All applications must be submitted two weeks before resumption of a given in-take and is considered equally against the stated selection criteria and in the context of the number of available places.Prospective Trainees are advised to apply as early as possible.Where a closing date applies it is published in ARLAC’s recruitment literature or another relevant course information as well as on ARLAC’s website.Applicants normally receive a response within five to ten working days of the receipt of a completed application.  This response may be:

  • A decision on the application.
  • Information regarding the next stage in the admissions process; or
  • An explanation of the admissions process and the likely time-scale of what will happen next.

All prospective Trainees who are offered a place to study at ARLAC receive an offer letter detailing the terms and conditions of the offer. This include details of any individual requirements that need to be fulfilled before an applicant can be admitted to ARLAC.

Offer letters is sent out either by post or as an email attachment.

Tuition Fee

The prospective trainees must provide evidence that they have sufficient funds to pay tuition fees and living expenses during their period of study, and they must give details of their funding arrangements at the point of application. This is with the exception of those nominated by ARLAC member countries in line with their respective training quotas.

Financial Assistance

ARLAC does not sponsor trainees from outside its membership. Prospective trainees are encouraged to source for funding before making an application.

International Student Assistance

The government of the Republic of Zimbabwe requires students visa for those who are expected to stay for more than six months. However, by the nature of ARLACs training system, trainees are expected to stay in Zimbabwe for between one – two weeks which only require a visitor’s visa for trainees from country that require visa to enter Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe uses online visa application only (www.evisa.gov.zw). In order to comply with the the government of the Republic of Zimbabwe legislation and immigration regulations, trainees are encouraged to:

  1. Make an early application for admission;
  2. Responding fully and in good time to accept the offer;
  3. Responding fully to requests for any further information, such as passport details.

ARLAC notify the immigration authorities, where relevant, of any non-arrival, or late arrival, of an applicant and of any subsequent changes to a student’s registration status.   ARLAC reserves the right to refuse admission should an applicant be found not to be in a position to meet all the Republic of Zimbabwe visa requirements for the anticipated full duration of study.

ALUMNI

The time spent training at ARLAC leaves an indelible mark in the lives of trainees. New relationships that stand the test of time, life changing experiences, lectures, tutorials and exams! Graduation is a particularly special occasion, as it is the goal every student work towards, however it is not the end of ARLAC experience because one remains a part of ARLAC alumni.

ARLAC’s goal is to keep in touch with all our alumni and friends through the establishment of online networking sites. ARLAC is interested  to know what the former trainees are doing, and share in their successes. The opinions of alumni are important to ARLAC.

ARLAC can help alumni to maintain the close friendships that they made while at the Centre as well as forge new relationships.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if I fail the exam or course?

If you fail an exam or course, you may get a chance to re-sit your exams but at your own extra cost. If you fail again, you would typically have to retake the entire year or drop out.  In the event that you have to retake the entire course, you will be expected to meet the costs of doing so.

Will I get homework to do?

Yes, absolutely. You’ll be assigned coursework and projects, but unlike high school, no one will be there to hold your hand or tell you off if you fail to submit your homework in time.

What are ARLAC residential rooms like?

ARLAC offers en-suite bedrooms with coffee making facilities. The rooms are fitted with satellite television and have open unlimited access to the internet.

How do I apply for a Zimbabwean visa?

Information to help you apply for a visa is available on the Zimbabwe Immigration Department website – www.zimimmigration.gov.zw the online application form can be accessed and submitted at www.evisa.gov.zw

WHAT IS THE GENERAL PHONE NUMBER AND MAILING ADDRESS FOR THE CENTRE?

Landline: 00 263 24 2210191-8 Mobile/WhatsApp: 00 263 712 616835 Email: arlac@arlac.co.zw

MY QUESTION ISN’T ANSWERED HERE, WHAT CAN I DO?

Please contact the ARLAC Secretariat on arlac@arlac.co.zw who will be able to answer any of your general questions about studying and living at ARLAC.

HOW WILL I LEARN AND BE ASSESSED?

Our courses are designed to provide you with the required skills to excel in your studies. This could comprise of a combination of lectures, workshops, tutorials and projects. Most of our pathways are assessed through examinations and coursework.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET A DECISION ON MY APPLICATION?

If you have applied for a course, we aim to have a decision to you within 2–3 weeks provided you have sent all your supporting documents. You will receive an email message once the status of your application has changed if you have applied online.

DOES ARLAC RENT FACILITIES FOR NON-ARLAC EVENTS?

Does ARLAC rent facilities for non-ARLAC events?