LaRRI offers a wide-range of worker education programmes, catering to the interests of various agents in the labour market. The Labour Study Certificate is our organisation’s core worker education activity and has been opened to all who are interested to apply. More details on the Labour Study Certificate and LaRRI’s other education programmes are detailed below
Description: LaRRI Certificate in Labour Study is a course which give an ideological orientation to the participants. It combines knowledge acquisition, analytical skills, strengthen the capacity of workers and their trade unionists. It is one of LaRRI’s flagship programmes. It serves to prepare workers and trade unionists for leadership positions at various levels and consists of 8 modules; English, Computer, Trade union theories and history, Namibia’s political economy, trade union organization and management, affirmative action and Gender, Labor law and collective bargaining and Globalisation.
This module covers the history of the international labour movement, trade union typology, the history of trade unions in Namibia and the emergence of trade unions in Southern Africa.
This module takes a longitudinal approach in addressing the concept of the ‘political economy’, by exploring Namibia’s pre-colonial, colonial and post-independence economy. Emphasis is placed on learning about social and economic structures, the formation of social classes, labour migration, the land question from a historical perspective, as well as, the changing family and gender relations in Namibia.
This module will teach students about human resource development in unions; union administration; financial administration and budgeting; planning and review of activities; translating vision and mission statements into strategic plans; project management and trade union investments.
This module enables students to analyse gender relations in Namibia with particular emphasis on gender laws, gender at work and gender within the trade unions. The affirmative action section provides students with a historical overview of the concept along with relevant international examples. It further enables students to examine affirmative action in the Namibian context, particularly with regards to the implementation of the Affirmative Action (Employment) Act.
This module focuses on Namibia’s legal system and the country’s labour law principles. Students will have the opportunity to gain greater understanding on labour relations and collective bargaining, using various case studies for relatability. Students will also be encouraged to compare the Labour Act of 1992 with the revised Act of 2004. The module will also focus on dispute resolution, basic conditions of employment and the social security system.
This module encourages students to examine globalisation from a historical perspective. Students will learn about the ideologies underpinning globalisation and roles played by transnational corporations and international financial institutions, such as, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). Students will also learn about diverging perspectives and responses to globalisation. Other aspects covered include, Export Processing Zones (EPZs), Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs), gender in globalisation, international trade, the New Economic Plan for African Development (NEPAD).
Students will participate in 5-day classes on English for academic purposes to equip them with the skills and methods necessary to write academically.
Students will be able to attain hardware and software knowledge for computer usage and will learn how to effectively complete their projects and assignments using Microsoft Office. This includes learning how to create PowerPoint presentations, using Microsoft Word to produce their assignments, email communication, social networking for professional purposes inter alia.
The course is structured this way; students are required to spend about 128 hours mandatory prior reading, 279 hours of contact classes, self-study and research, 18 hours for basic computer skills, optional/availed 108 hours for supplementary examination and another 108 hours for assignment.
Classes run from Monday to Friday from 8h30 – 13h00 and Monday of the week after class, the students sit for the module exam. The afternoons is used for additional reading, to revise the work and to prepare assignments.
The participants are required to attend at least 80% of all classes and have to plan their other work accordingly. They will have to come to Windhoek to attend classes and will also have to prepare assignments during that time. A written examination will take place at the end of each module.
Teachers and tutors for the course are drawn from the LaRRI staff, from the University of Namibia, the labour movement, the Ministry of Education and from NGOs. They are contracted to carry out the teaching and to mark the exams and the assignments.
This is a one-year programme consisting of classes that run from Monday to Friday, 8h30 – 13h00. It is organized in a block fashion, whereby students attend classes every second month in order to accommodate for their work engagements and livelihood responsibilities. Upon completion of each module, all students will be required to take a written-exam the following week. Students will also be required to write one assignment per module. The afternoon is reserved for additional reading, revision and for students to work on their assignments.
Students are expected to commit to:
279 hours of contact classes
128 hours of mandatory independent reading
18 hours for basic computer training
108 hours for supplementary examination
108 hours for graded assignments
All students are required to attend at least 80% of all classes. Students are expected to attend classes in Windhoek and personally submit their assignments. Each participant will receive a mark from tutors for their participation, assignments and examinations during the course.
The final mark will be calculated as follows:
Announcements for course applications begin between September and October every year.
The Labour Study Certificate at LaRRI is accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) and is listed on the Namibia Qualification Framework as a Level 4 Certificate.
Application fee: N$ 50
Registration: N$ 1 800
Tuition: N$ 10 933
Participants are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation while attending classes in Windhoek.
This is a basic shop steward training intended for trade unionists. Through this programme they have the opportunity to gain strategic knowledge on how to navigate the labour industry and how to protect the interests of their respective constituencies. The programme aims to boost their confidence and morale as they execute their professional duties.
The training covers topics related to:
Trade Union constitutions
Workers’ rights at the workplace
Basic conditions of employment
Shop stewards’ functions
Disputes and reconciliation and how trade unions ought to handle disciplinary matters
Disputes of interest
Description: Curriculum design of the DLES was partly sponsored by LaRRI. Students from the Labour Study Certificate feed into the program for continuation.
The Labour Resource and Research Institute (LaRRI) in conjunction with Zimbabwe Labour Center (ZLC) Workers’ College embarked on a deliberate engagement to empower trade unions and federations in Southern Africa and Africa as a whole. In their pursuit to achieve this goal, the partner institutions designed a Labour Diploma Program which is run in a block fashion. Whilst some modules are delivered in a centralized manner whereby students from different countries congregate in one country for classes, some other modules are decentralized and delivered in different countries.
Through the training and re-training programme, LaRRI seeks to act as a catalyst, facilitating trainings to the retrenched or unemployed working class who possess measurable experience. With the assistance of LaRRI’s external partners, participants are assessed and awarded with certificates relevant to their occupational area.
This short course intends to address HIV/AIDS at the workplace which has been noted by the government as a key issue of national concern in all factions of society.
Under this programme, some of the issues to be covered include:
The significance of having support mechanisms for the infected and affected integrated into the workplace
Strategies of prevention and care of the workforce
The Leadership, Governance and Finance for Non-Financial Managers programme highlights the ways in which trade unionists at leadership positions can be influential to the progress and accomplishment of specific goals. The programme delves into basic financial knowledge in the management of trade unions. The unique feature of this programme is that it delivers the aforementioned training to Managers with a focus on trade unionist ethos and ideals in leadership.