By definition a refresher course is a training course in which people improve their knowledge or skills and learn about new developments that are related to the job that they do.
It Is important to recall that the establishment of ARLAC (in 1974) was informed by the need for strengthening the capabilities of labour administration systems in Africa. Upon gaining independence most African countries realized that they lacked the necessary financial and human capacities to organize their own in-service training to effectively prepare the calibre of staff and expertise necessary to tackle inherited growing unemployment, underemployment, lack of skilled manpower, lack of clear and progressive wages and incomes policy, poor industrial relations, inadequate protection from work environments, and absence of comprehensive social security schemes. For a long time, refresher workshops were the flagship training programmes at ARLAC.
Today ARLAC conducts a number of these refresher courses annually to address the training needs of its membership. The courses cover a variety of trending sub regional and regional themes and are designed for the respective levels in the labour administration systems. These workshops a conducted over five days using the most appropriate training methods.
Participation in the Refresher Workshops is usually on an invitational basis and gratis when participants are nominated by their respective Governments or social partners. ARLAC accepts additional country delegates only when the country concerned meets the costs associated with the participation of their additional official and subject to availability of space.
Readers are encouraged to get in touch with ARLAC for the current programme, indicating theme, target group, dates and applicable fees.