This training course aims to enhance the skills of policy makers and practitioners in assessing and designing policies to improve productivity and working conditions in SMEs. The course aims to inspire policy makers and practitioners to adopt a systemic approach to SME productivity that encompasses an effective combination of macro- and meso-level policies, the creation of a conducive business environment and the strengthening of SME support institutions, together with intervention at the enterprise level. Special attention will be given to strategies that promote productivity at the corporate level and ways to scale-up corporate-level productivity programmes.
The training course is specifically designed for policy makers and practitioners involved in the design and implementation of policies and related interventions affecting the productivity and working conditions of SMEs, such as decision makers and managers representing governments, workers' and employers' organizations, productivity organizations and SME agencies.
Around the globe SMEs are the main providers of employment but show significantly lower levels of productivity than large enterprises. In SMEs low productivity often coexists with poor working conditions, low market share, a low skilled workforce and ineffective management practices.
This training course enhances the skills of policy makers and practitioners to assess and design policies to improve productivity and working conditions in SMEs.
Participants of this training course will be able to:
- interpret productivity data and trends at the macro, meso and micro level using different types of productivity measurement methods;
- analyze the relationship between productivity, growth, and employment;
- identify some of the linkages between productivity and working conditions in SMEs;
- gain an improved understanding of the role of universalist policy measures and SME policies in enhancing SME productivity and working conditions;
- familiarize themselves with different strategies to improve productivity and working conditions at the firm-level
- analyse policy options and generate policy recommendations to improve SME productivity and working conditions.
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.
The course will be delivered by ILO and OECD specialists with the assistance of trainers from the International Training Centre of the ILO. The course will also incorporate relevant experiences from other national and international agencies.
The course will be conducted in English only, therefore a good knowledge/fluency is required.
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