Monday, September 5, 2011

International Labour Organization Guide on Education and Training

The International Labour Organization has produced an online education and training guide that is intended to support improved capacity of governments in collaboration with social partners and civil society to design, implement and evaluate legislation that effectively supports equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. See here. The ILO is the international organization responsible for drawing up and overseeing international labour standards. It is the only ‘tripartite’ United Nations agency that brings together representatives of governments, employers and workers to jointly shape policies and programmes promoting Decent Work for all.

The ILO has worked for many years in promoting the equal training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities through international standards, knowledge development, advocacy and technical advisory services. The ILO’s work in this field has been given greater priority with the entry into force of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The CRPD is driving a worldwide law reform programme and State Parties to the Convention are required to review its policy in the disability field. There is also clearly a need to promote the rights of persons with disabilities in respect of education and acquiring the skills to enter employment. Therefore, the ILO’s online resource is timely in providing excellent guidance in achieving an inclusive and accessible labour market.

The PDF version of the guide is available here.