In 2000, 433 people participated in the courses conducted by the Workers Programme, almost all of whom were trade union officials. The largest proportion of participants came from Africa (35%) followed by Latin America (25%). About 22 per cent came from the Asia Pacific area, four per cent from Europe and three per cent from the Arab states. The Programmes inter-regional courses (which bring together people from many different regions) made up a further 10 per cent of the participants. Thirty-seven per cent of the participants were women, up from 20 per cent in the early 1990s.
The Workers Group of the ILOs Governing Body plays a central role in choosing the organisations eligible to send participants to the Programmes activities. Eligible organisations are asked to nominate three candidates for Programme courses, one of whom must be a women. The participants are then chosen by the Programme.
The Programme also operates a database connected to the Centres network which includes information concerning participants. This ensures quick and easy access to participants data, which is especially important for follow-up activities. The database has been used to provide ACTRAV and national/international labour organisations with information about the Programmes participants.