THE Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has launched a Certificate in Labour Studies (CILS) course that is aimed at equipping trade unionists with knowledge and expertise to improve performance and productivity at the workplace.
The six-month programme is being offered by the ZCTU in collaboration with FNV Mondiaal of Netherlands.
Speaking at the launch in Harare last week, ZCTU secretary-general Japhet Moyo said: “The Labour Centre has been struggling to get it accredited to the tertiary education institute before starting. However, the general council has decided to register the Education and Training Curriculum directly with the Ministry of Higher Education.”
He said the course was designed to suit working people, with block lecture periods that allow students to study on a part-time basis and covered fundamental functions of trade unions.
The course targets trade union activists, leaders and officers and will cover the political economy, labour market, occupational safety, health and the environment, gender, labour legislation, trade union communication and media studies.
“At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to articulate core workers’ issues and will be accepted to undertake further studies such as the Diploma in Labour Studies,” Moyo said.
Nineteen students from various affiliates of the ZCTU, including the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations, are taking part in the pioneer programme.
The ZCTU also runs the Certificate in Paralegal Studies in conjunction with the Fredrick Ebert Stiftung.