Training Course on Designing and Implementing Unemployment Benefits Linking with Active Labour Market Policies, 7-16 October 2013
Sharing knowledge, experiences and lessons for the development of policies aimed at protecting and supporting the unemployed and underemployed in ASEAN and Mongolia
Bangkok and Ayutthaya, Thailand, 7-16 October 2013
The training course was organized by the ILO in partnership with the International Training Center of the ILO (ITC ILO) and the Chulalongkorn University of Thailand.
The training aimed at guiding policy makers in the design and implementation of integrated unemployment protection programmes and employment support policies. More specifically, the course explored different aspects of the design and implementation of unemployment protection schemes targeting at both informal and formal economy workers. This included international labour standards related to unemployment protection, financial aspects, laws and regulations, options for institutional set-up and importance of social dialogue in developing such measures.
More specifically, the training achieved the following objectives:
- Understand the place of unemployment benefits and employment support in ILO’s strategy to extend social protection;
- Learn about the ILO’s Conventions and Recommendations related to unemployment protection;
- Determine the different parameters that will form an unemployment benefits scheme (contributory and non-contributory);
- Learn tips from other experiences and good practices to facilitate the dialogue among social partners on unemployment benefits;
- Calculate a cost estimate of unemployment protection measures by using ILO tools;
- Envisage linkages between unemployment benefits and employment support services;
- Provide inputs to draft the legal framework regulating the unemployment benefits schemes and amendments to existing laws;
- Establish procedures to run a unemployment protection scheme;
- Define a strategy and targets for the performance of the system;
The report of the training is now available!
ILO/Japan Project: Promoting unemployment insurance and employment services in ASEAN
The training builds on two and half year of research, documentation of experiences, knowlege sharing and technical services facilitated by the ILO/Japan-ASEAN UI Project to ASEAN countries in search of improved unemployment protection for their workers.
Read more about the project.
Module 0: Introduction and getting started: The course and How to use the Good Practices Guide?
Module 1: Introduction and extension of social protection: What role does unemployment protection play in a comprehensive social security system?
Module 2: International standards and ILO’s approach: What are ILO's Conventions and Recommendations on unemployment protection?
Module 3: Developing broad policy options on combined unemployment protection packages: How can a national consensus be reached on broad policy options for the improvement of unemployment protection?
Module 4: Institutional set-up: Who will be responsible for coordinating and implementing the combined unemployment protection package? Learning from the Ayutthaya Employment Services Centre.
Module 5: Legal framework: What are the implications and constituents of unemployment protection laws and regulations?
Module 6: Cost estimation: How much does it cost to have unemployment benefits? Who will pay for it and how can we ensure that the scheme will be sustainable?
Module 7: Implementation schedule and operations: How can effective procedures be established, in order to guarantee effective implementation of the system?
Module 8: Monitoring and evaluation: How can we keep improving the system?
Module 9: Recap, evaluation and conclusion: What have we learned and how can the network of expertise be maintained?
Case study 1: The challenge of providing unemployment insurance and non-contributory income protection in Coresia
Case study 2: The challenge of providing employment insurance linked to active labour market policies in Coresia
Case study 3: The challenge of providing income support and employment guarantee to the youth in Coresia
Case study 4: The challenge of providing basic income security and enhancing skills of rural Coresia
Case study 5: The challenge of improving skills and providing access to better jobs in Coresia
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Monday 7 October
Session M0.1: Opening
Introduction & determining participants' expectations from the course
Session M1.1: Unemployment protection, part of a comprehensive social security system by Valerie Schmitt & Celine Bista, ILO
Session M1.1: Challenges for extending social protection in ASEAN by Valerie Schmitt, ILO
Labour mobility in ASEAN by Dr. Sineenat Sermcheep, Chulalongkorn University
Session M1.4: Who wants to be a protectionnaire?
Tuesday 8 October
Session M2.1: ILO standards for unemployment protection by Céline Peyron-Bista, ILO
Group exercise: Comparative review of national laws with ILO's Conventions
Session M2.2: Review of different UI and EI schemes by Celine Peyron Bista, ILO
Active Labour Market Policies by Loveleen De, ILO
Session M2.3: ASEAN’s experiences
The development of the UI scheme in Thailand by Rangsima Preechachard, Social Security Office, Thailand
The Unemployment Insurance Scheme in Viet Nam, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam
The National Training Fund in Cambodia, Hay Hunleng, National Employment Agency, Cambodia
The wish jar, REACH Vocational Training Programme, "One day on earth" Project, By Paul Zetter, Viet Nam
Wednesday 9 October
Session M3.1: Understanding the labour market and social protection situation by Célline Peyron-Bista, ILO
Session M3.2: Falicitating a national dialogue for the introduction of UI
Introduction by Célline Peyron-Bista, ILO
Facilitating National Dialogue in Philippines by Antonio C. Asper, FFW VP for External Affairs, Philippines
Implementing unemployment benefits integrated with ALMPs In Malaysia by Somasundram Karuppiah, MTUC
Intervention by Mohd Zakri Baharudin, MEF; Adiya Gorchinsuren, CMTU and Erdenebaatar Tsedn-Ayush, MONEF
Session M3.3: Case study Exercise 1: Developing recommendations to improve unemployment protection
Thursday 10 October
Session M4.1: Coordinating existing income security and employment support policies
Introduction by Celine P. Bista and John Carter
Case study Exercise 2: Mapping institutions
Session M4.2: Integrating unemployment benefits and employment services
Introduction of the SWS concept and the case of Cambodia by Thibault van Langenhove
Presentation of the one-stop-shop service in Mongolia by Munkhzorig Bulgankhuu, Ministry of Labour, Mongolia
Session M5.1: Drafting the legal framework & enforcement of the laws
Introduction by John CarterCase study Exercise 3: Preparing a draft law
Friday 11 October
Session M4.3: Visit to the Department of Labour, Social Security Office and Employement Centre of Ayatthaya
Presentation by the Provincial Labour Office
Monday 14 October
Session M6.1: From broad options to scenarios
Introduction by Loveleen De
Case study Exercise 4: Translating options into concrete scenarios
Session M6.2: Basic knowledge of costing and actuarial principles by Charles Crevier, ITC ILO
Exemple of dynamic graph by Charles Crevier, ITC ILO
Session M6.3: Case study Exercise 5 - costing of unemployment protection schemes
Assumptions for unemployment benefits in Coresia, word document
Additional data for UI calculations, excel spreadsheet
Blank RAP for Coresia, excel spreadsheet
Tuesday 15 October
Session M8: Monitoring & Evaluation by Ngo Thi Loan and John Carter, ILO
Wednesday 16 October
Session M9: Recap exercises