I warmly welcome you to the website of the Institute of Work, Employment and Society, (IWES). IWES is an Institute within the University of Professional Studies, Accra that conducts research and offers consultancy services in the areas of work, employment, and social issues. We are committed to ensuring that workplaces become safer, peaceful and enjoyable for both employers and employees alike. IWES has an education unit that runs both short and certificate programmes for individuals and organisations. Our flagship programme is the Certified Public Manager (CPM) programme with a Professional and Chartered qualification programme run with the University of Virgin Islands, USA, and Gamey and Gamey Group, Ghana. IWES’ research and consultancy services are aimed at influencing society and making life better and fulfilling for people everywhere, especially, minorities, neglected and the marginalised. Our doors are ever open to collaborations and partnerships to address global and national challenges.

I encourage you to explore our website and find out how you could be involved in some of the programmes and services we have to offer. Follow IWES on our Facebook page and on twitter. Please tell us what you like and how we can make things even better for you and people everywhere.

Mary Naana Essiaw (PhD), Director

Institute of Work, Employment and Society (IWES)

IWES was established in 2017 by the management of UPSA as an independent institution to conduct policy-driven research whose findings will help policymakers on the best decisions to make for national development. It is an Institute engaged in policy-driven research and advocacy in the areas of work, employment, and societal issues. IWES undertakes research in the interest of the public to promote the recognition and implementation of the rights of employers and employees within a cooperative industrial relations framework. IWES’ prime philosophy is that work should not hurt anyone and a cordial relationship between employers and employees will enhance productivity. In view of that, IWES runs consultancy services for organisations both local and international. In the face of growing global competition, and above all technological advancement, IWES aims at building the capacity of Institutions for global competitiveness. Aside undertaking research and consultancy services in the areas of work and employment issues, the Institute conducts studies aimed at satisfying the following sustainable developmental goals:

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
Goa; 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goa; 13: Climate Action
IWES also has an educational unit that runs certificate and diploma programmes in varied areas.

Our Vision

To be an excellent institution for the advancement of knowledge through policy-guided research, training, and advocacy aimed at developing human resources everywhere.

Our Mission

To carry out activities that would promote knowledge through research, training, consultancy, and advocacy services focused on the development of human resources, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and the society.

Our Core Values


We always act with integrity in providing reliable, quality, and responsible services to all our clients.
We are open and honest in all our dealings, maintaining the highest integrity always.


We make our work environment fun and enjoyable by supporting, listening, and respecting each other’s view. Whilst working together, we co-operate with each other to achieve mutually beneficial results.


We always strive for excellence and quality in everything we do.
Customer Service
We appreciate our customers and so offer timely, responsive, and quality service, which aim to meet their needs and delight them.


To be recognised as an Institute of research-driven training, development, capacity building and advocacy focused on work, employment, and social issues.

Strategic Objectives

• Commission academic research on work, employment, and social issues
• Provide consultancy services to governments, industries, and individuals
• Publish and disseminate publications
• Contribute to public discourse on work, employment and social issues through the media, community debates and public fora
• Provide advice and other services to industrial participants and governments
• Promote models of work arrangements, which promote economic efficiency while respecting employment rights and standards.
• Work co-operatively with academic and community organisations which share similar objectives.