1 September - 28 November 2014

Start and improve

your green construction business


Training of Trainers' Programme

Welcome to the Training of Trainers' Programme on Start and improve your green construction business (SIYGCB). In this E-campus page you will have access to:

  • the blended Training of Trainers' training programme (distance learning and the face to face);
  • the training material (for the distance learning and the face to face);
  • key ILO resources in green jobs and green construction

The Start and Improve Your Green Construction Business (SIYGCB) programme is a specialised ILO tool that promotes entrepreneurship, sustainable development, enhances competitiveness and promotes decent work among enterprises in the construction sector. The SIYGCB is designed to make emerging contractors more viable, and therefore to contribute to the national economy and the creation of green and decent jobs. The package challenges owners and managers of existing and emerging contracting business to consider greening their contracting businesses, to develop competitive advantages over businesses offering only conventional building materials and technologies. Overall, the SIYGCB emphasizes that a greener economy has potential for generating sustainable employment in the production of green goods and services. 

The SIYGCB training programme is an adaptation of the long-standing global ILO Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) training programme, now offered by public and private training providers in more than 130 countries around the world.  With an estimated outreach of 4.5 million trainees and a network of over 17,000 trainers as well as a range of materials translated into over 40 languages, it is one of the world’s largest programmes in this field.

The SIYGCB’s overall goal is to contribute to sustainable economic growth and the creation of more and better jobs.

The SIYGCB programme’s immediate objectives focus on two levels:

  • Enabling local public and private sector organisations involved in the green economy and business development to effectively and independently implement SIYGCB training and related activities for potential and existing contractors.
  • Enabling potential and existing small contractors through these SIYGCB partner organisations to start viable businesses, to make existing enterprises more profitable, and to generate quality employment for others in the process through exploring opportunities in the green construction sector.

Trainers of Trainer's information

The SIYGCB Training of Trainers' Programme is is an activity organised jointly in a collaborative effort by the ILO Green Jobs Programme, the Green Jobs Zambia Programme, the Sustainable Enterprise Development Facility in South Africa, the ILO DWST for Eastern and Southern Africa and the International Training Centre of the ILO.  

The SIYGCB Training of Trainers' Programme is a blended activity of two interlinked activities:

The distance learning will be held from the 5th of September to the 7th of November. The overall objective of the interactive e-learning phase is to improve the understanding of green jobs key concepts and definitions as part of the contribution of the world of work to sustainable development, through a review of tools, selected literature and on-going practices. 


The face to face will be held from the 10th to the 14th of November in Johannesburg - South Africa. It is a Training of trainer's seminar. The overall objective of the SIYGCB ToT seminar is to: enable future SIYGCB trainers to implement SIYGCB training interventions with potential and existing entrepeneurs, using SIYGCB methods and materials. Specifically the training will enable the trainers to implement the training cycle from marketing, selection and design of the training programmes, facilitating learning and evaluate learning outcomes.

The ToT will cover 5 days of training, providing time and space for participants to fully appreciate the training manuals and the SIYGCB training methodologies and processes. An active and open leaning approach will be handled combining theory with practice. Post attendance to the ToT, participants will be expected to organize and conduct two training of contractor’s workshops. The contractor training cycle will be supervised and a final assessment of trainer competence done followed by certification of competence for the qualifying candidates.


Participants profile

Participants will be drawn from BDS-providers offering a variety of services to the construction sector. Specifically participants will be expected to have 

  • Proven experience with adult education and facilitation principles
  • Practical exposure or experience in the construction sector, preferably in green construction in particular or  in sustainable development issues affecting the construction sector
  • Ability to work with other trainers and stakeholders in the delivery of the training and other support structures
  • Proven practical business experience or knowledge of business management principles
  • Be available to train contractors in the start and Improve Your Green Construction Business

Contracting business in the construction sector that participate in the programme are expected to identify opportunities in the green economy, make their enterprises greener and develop a plan for participating in green construction. Construction enterprises will be assisted to make a link between their business activities and impact on environmental sustainability while at the same time achieving decent work for all within the construction value chain. 

By applying concepts learnt in the SIYGCB, construction enterprises minimise their environmental footprint on the Earth. They can use fewer non-renewable resources in favour of renewable building materials such as sustainably grown wood and recycled materials. They can minimise waste pollution, and maximise the comfort of people inside green or retrofitted buildings.

The organizational support model of this e-learning course is built on four dimensions.

1. Pedagogical-didactical: for all questions related to the exercises, assignments and discussion forums

2. Content: for all questions related to the contents proposed throughout the modules (reading and videos)

3. Technical: for all questions related to IT issues

4. Organizational/administrative: for all practical questions related to the organization and administration of this course

The tutorial and technical support team is composed by staff of the International Training Centre of the ILO and the ILO. Each one of the four dimensions will be followed by at least one dedicated tutor/support staff.


These are the minimum hardware and software requirements:

• Platform: Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, XP or superior; MacOS 9 or MacOS X.

• Hardware: 64 MB of RAM, 1 GB of free disk space.

• Software:

Adobe Flash Player IS needed to view the interactive lessons. (Download for free at


Adobe Acrobat reader is required to view the pdf files. (Download for free at


Microsoft Office (Windows or Apple version) or Open Office

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Última alteração: Sexta, 12 Setembro 2014, 14:11