GIS - 06 December, 2013: The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council (NPCC) launched the Growth Opportunities for SME, an SME Productivity Improvement Programme, during a one-day workshop which was held yesterday at the Cyber Tower 1, Cybercity in Ebène on the theme: Productivity for SMEs.
The Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Xavier-Luc Duval, and the Managing Director of the Institute of Productivity and President of the World Confederation of Productivity Science, Mr. John Heap, were present at the opening of the workshop.
The programme aims to improve the productivity of SMEs through in-plant training and training of a productivity champion of the enterprise. The objective is to empower SMEs to continuously improve their internal systems and processes so that they are more competitive on the market. As announced in the 2014 budget speech, the NPCC has been entrusted the task to train 500 SMEs on productivity.
The one-day workshop served as platform for the SMEs to learn how to establish or review their critical success factors and key performance indicators as well as networking. At the workshop Mr John Heap, the resource person, explained best practices to achieve higher productivity namely through respect for employees, efficient and effective systems including value addition based on the needs of the customers and sound financial management.
Growth Opportunities for SME Scheme
The programme targets companies with an annual turnover below Rs 50 million so as to enhance productivity of SMEs through empowerment of productivity champions on planning and implementation of process improvement projects.
The programme will be implemented in three phases. The first phase which is analysis consists of overall audit of the SME followed by in-plant training will includes an overview of productivity and quality concepts relevant to the enterprises. A half-day training will focus on issues related to non-value adding activities, team work, effective time management and quality work within enterprises. It will be customised on the needs of the enterprises and after the training sessions participants will be required to identify at least one key improvement area in their enterprise, which will be implemented with NPCC in Phase 2.
Under the second phase which is training, the enterprises benefitting from phase 1 of the project will be required to sign a contract with NPCC to show the commitment of senior management/owner to implement the project. A productivity champion will be identified by each SME and all the productivity champions will be trained in batches of 30 at the NPCC. They will be responsible to lead the project at the level of the SME.
Phase three is the implementation aspect during which the NPCC will assist SMEs to implement a project identified by the Productivity Champion. Results of the implementation will be presented at top management level of SME and NPCC will invite the SMEs from phase 2 to participate in the Productivity Award 2015. They will also be motivated to register to the NPCC Productivity Club as part of Phase 3 of the project. As a member the SME will benefit from further training and support by NPCC.
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