ICI’s Focus

1Workforce Development

ICI promotes improvement in construction workforce development programs through an international exchange of best practices. Drawing on its global workforce development network, the ICI’s International Building Trades Service Corps assists labor and management institutions in developing and emerging countries to create and strengthen their programs. Skilled construction workers in developing countries readily find employment and at better wages and conditions relative to their un-skilled peers.

2Community Impact Projects

Construction skills training programs not only increase productivity and create employment opportunities for young people, but they can also help alleviate poverty in local communities by deploying trainees on community impact projects as an on-job-training experience. Trainees led by construction and development professionals can assist in the construction or rehabilitation of housing, local infrastructure and public places such as parks and community centers. The ICI encourages its partners to utilize trainees on community impact projects as part of the training experience.

3Safety & Health

Construction is rated among the most dangerous occupations with workers in developing countries suffering the most in terms of injuries, ill health and deaths. Creating a safety and health culture on construction worksites and at the industry level makes enormous impact in terms of reducing accidents and fatalities – but this can only happen if construction industry social partners (labor, management and government) unite and agree on common principles and cooperate to achieve change. The ICI, therefore, organizes education, research and awareness programs that influence policy makers in developing countries in addition to promoting the integration of safety and health in the skills training programs of its partners.

4Labor Mgmt Capacity Building

To ensure the sustainability of workforce development programs, it is essential that local bi-lateral (labor-management) training funds are created and maintained by worker and employer contributions. Employers embrace the concept of multi-employer funds since workforce development programs increase productivity, introduce new technologies, and reduce costly injuries and fatalities, among several other benefits that bring greater stability to the industry. The ICI strongly advocates the labor-management workforce development model, which not only transforms the lives of ordinary workers but also reshapes the thinking of local leaders and helps build democratic, labor and management participatory institutions.