Letter to editor

Training programs in labour and price statistics

10 January 2009 at 01:57 | 810 views

Dear Colleague:

I have received mail from a colleague "Woodson, Lajuan - BLS"
<Woodson.Lajuan@bls.gov> to share with the Sierra Leone Public Contacts that the
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announces the schedule for upcoming
international training programs in labor and price statistics in 2009.

The first program, Economic Indicators, begins on April 13. A copy of the
catalog for 2009 can be viewed at http://www.bls.gov/itc/intprograms.pdf.

Applications and Registrations are being accepted now for these seminars:

Economic Indicators
Employment & Unemployment Statistics
Labor Market Information Systems
Projecting Tomorrow?s Workforce Needs
Measuring Productivity
Analyzing Labor Statistics
Survey Methods
Wages, Earnings, and Benefits
Constructing Price Indexes
Advanced Topics on Price Indexes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is one of the largest labor statistics
organizations in the world and has conducted exceptional international training
since 1945. BLS seminars bring together statisticians, economists, analysts,
and other data users from around the world who wish to build their skills and
expertise in collecting and analyzing economic and labor statistics. The
comprehensive seminars examine survey design, sampling, data collection,
aggregation, estimation, analysis, and dissemination. Each seminar includes
lecture, discussion, and workshops.

Training of Trainers, a 3-day program held following most seminars, is designed
to promote the sustainability of training by providing participants with the
necessary skills to train their colleagues.

In additional to scheduled seminars, customized programs may be arranged upon
request on topics related to labor statistics, for individual participants or
small groups. The content of each customized program is individually designed
to meet the needs of the participant(s). Such programs may range in duration
from a few days to several weeks. The cost of each program depends upon the
program duration and number of participants.

Customized programs can also be conducted abroad. The duration of customized
programs held overseas is generally one to two weeks. Please contact me
directly to obtain an estimate of costs for customized programs conducted

The language of instruction for both seminars and customized programs is
English, and a reading knowledge of English is desirable. If necessary,
simultaneous interpretation services may be arranged for an additional cost,
which will vary depending on the language required..

Tuition, housing, and other issues are discussed in detail on our web site at
www.bls.gov/itc. Participants typically are sponsored by their own governments,
the United Nations and its affiliated agencies, the World Bank, regional
organizations, or non-profit organizations. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
regrets that it cannot provide financial support or petition sponsors on behalf
of applicants. A training application may be found on the our web site (
www.bls.gov/itc). The financial sponsor must complete the BLS Training Payment
Agreement, which is also found on the web site.

For additional information about the seminars or customized programs, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your assistance and support.

Brian E. Graf, Chief.

Division of International Technical Cooperation

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Phone: (202) 691-5666
Room 2190
Fax: (202) 691-7900
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
E-mail: itcinfo@bls.gov
Washington, DC 20212-0001