SINGAPORE: To provide more avenues for companies to raise productivity, the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) have launched a new productivity training programme.
Called the Mentorship for Accelerating Productivity (MAP) Programme, it was launched on Thursday (Nov 5) at the Singapore Productivity Conference and Exhibition 2015 by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Manpower.
The programme will see companies being mentored under a three-month scheme, and aims to help companies boost productivity and innovation.
"They will be supported by a team of productivity consultants, where selected staff from each company will be groomed to become productivity champions to continually initiate and drive productivity projects," explained Mr Teo. "Companies can then tap on the initial mentorship, sustain their productivity improvements and build a supportive culture in the long run."
Mr Teo said the initiative is one of several to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) tide through the current economic slowdown. He added that SMEs must keep adapting to remain relevant.
The MAP Programme is an extension of the Holistic Industry Productivity Scorecard Calculator, or HIPS calculator, which was recently launched to help companies compute how they perform in productivity terms.
After receiving their productivity performance scorecards, companies can enrol in the MAP Programme, where they will be placed on a customised mentorship programme and supported by a team of productivity consultants.
These consultants or industry advisors will provide guidance towards raising awareness of productivity, identifying enterprise productivity gaps and helping to groom in-house productivity champions.
SBF said smaller firms will benefit the most from the programme.
"Particularly for SMEs, they feel that they don't have the knowledge to do a lot of this productivity improvement," said SBF CEO Ho Meng Kit. "Because they are a small company, they don't have the in-house resources, and I think external help, particularly from people who have the expertise, will be very useful."
The MAP Programme is subsidised by WDA, which has set aside over S$1 million to train up to 300 workers from 60 companies under this scheme.