Turin Learning Approach
The Centre's main methodological reference is summarised in the Turin Learning Approach and is based on the principles of relevance, quality and impact.
The Turin Learning Approach was designed in order to support effective learning processes both at the International Training Centre of the ILO and for learning activities delivered in the field by Centre’s staff. The approach guides every phase of all activities through three crucial concepts:
• quality and
Responding to global trends, utilizing new opportunities and adjusting to rapidly evolving environments that affect organizational and individual contexts increasingly requires learning in diverse circumstances and through a variety of modalities. These standards endorse common practices across the ITC-ILO activities that differentiate the Centre for other learning and training institutes.
Relevance means ensuring that the Centre's learning activities are customer-oriented and meet the individual and organizational development agendas. They enable participants to adapt their existing and newly acquired competencies to complex contexts. Many open courses have cross-cutting focuses, and specialized courses are carefully designed in partnership with reputable national, regional and international institutions. Flexible design of learner-centred approaches ensures that activities achieve their objectives.
Several factors of the Turin Learning Approach guarantee high quality learning programmes. The Blended Learning Approach extends the learning experience and allows participants to explore lessons within their own working realities through distance connections with experts, facilitators and peers. The Centre has an extensive repository of learning resources acquired over 40 years in the field of learning and trainings. The staff and facilitators are leaders in the field and the Centre itself provides a state of the art learning environment that is fully equipped with the most modern technologies, such as simultaneous interpretation. Furthermore, all off-campus venues are adapted to create an environment that supports learning.
Participatory and experiential learning methods are a focus of the Centre and a source of pride. A vast array of contemporary and traditional methodologies and technologies are creatively applied to enhance the impact of learning and encourage peer to peer knowledge sharing. The staff themselves are constantly provided with skills development opportunities to maintain a high level of facilitation expertise.
All of the above contributes to the impact of learning activities, which is fundamentally focused on making a difference. A diversity of techniques are applied according to multicultural and gender considerations in order to embed competencies, establish networks and manage all learning activities according to the best available knowledge.
The ITC-ILO is involved in international initiatives at both the policy and practice level. This ensures that participants receive high quality relevant opportunities with a sustainable impact. The long record of monitoring and evaluation demonstrates a very high level of satisfaction overall.