Employer's organisation often hold in depth knowledge of great interest to their members. Or have easy access to such knowledge via outside experts or experts from member-companies. Sharing such knowledge with their members can be done in many ways. Organising training is not just one of such ways, it is a very specific way. Enormously helpful to members though requiring specific skills and competencies on the side of the organisation. Luckily, these skills can be taught and these competencies can be developed and enhanced.
This was the objective of a four-day training programme, on behalf of DECP and ITC/ILO, from June 30th till July 3rd in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Eighteen participants from ten countries in the region (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam) enthusiastically took part in the high speed training programme that dealt with virtually all aspects of setting up training programs as an employers' organisation.
At the end of the programme, the participants of each country presented a list of ten very specific and very concrete activities they firmly intended to start up immediately after return to their organisations on the basis of what they had learned from the trainers and from each other. A commitment they proudly made to themselves, to the group, the trainers and to ITC/ILO and DECP. The training was wonderfully hosted by the Malaysian Employers' Federation, to whom DECP is very grateful. Special thanks also to the expert trainers Jenny Hayes and Louise McNamara of IBEC (the Irish Business and Employers' Confederation). They have done a great job.