Over five days participants will be exposed to the following topics:
On the first day, the main challenges and opportunities for improving productivity and working conditions in SMEs will be analysed. Key concepts related to SMEs, productivity and working conditions will be introduced. Different productivity measurement methods will be compared and participants will be guided through the interpretation of productivity data the macro, meso and micro level.
Day 2 will focus on the bigger picture, looking at macro and meso level policies to enhance productivity in SMEs. The role of industrial policies, SME policies and strategies to promote economic diversification will be presented and analysed. The impact of these policies on inclusion and equality will be looked at and further analysed through case studies.
Day 3 will focus on enterprise-level interventions promoting productivity and working conditions in SMEs. Some common design features of firm-level interventions will be presented. Participants will have the chance to examine case studies of programmes that aim to support businesses in their efforts to improve productivity and working conditions.
On day 4, following a more in-depth analysis of specific case studies to improve firm-level productivity and working conditions, the participants will visit a local firm and discuss with its owners different strategies undertaken and obstacles encountered to enhance productivity and working conditions.
On the last day, the group will study different methods to share the gains of productivity between workers and employers and look at the advantages and disadvantages of certain methodologies. Building on the topics of the previous day, participants will look at aspects of policy coherence, institutional capacities, scale, outreach and sustainability.