Mentorship programme to help get firms in Singapore on the productivity track

Workers at an electronics manufacturing company making circuit boards.
Workers at an electronics manufacturing company making circuit boards.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A new mentorship programme to help boost productivity and innovation in firms in Singapore was launched on Thursday (Nov 5).

This programme, jointly developed by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF) and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA), will get industry advisers to provide guidance on raising awareness of productivity, identifying enterprise productivity gaps and helping to groom in-house productivity champions.

The enhanced Mentorship for Accelerating Productivity (MAP) was launched by Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Manpower, at SBF's Singapore Productivity Conference and Exhibition 2015.

"We would also require a change in mindset, one that is geared towards increasing productivity, where everyone takes pride in being efficient and aims for excellence. We need a culture of lifelong learning and mastery of skills, where employers and employees are committed to developing their expertise, no matter the job," Mr Teo said.

MAP is an enhancement of the previous Empowering Efficiency and Excellence (3E) programme designed for companies to embark on productivity projects to reduce manpower needs, minimise processing errors, boost productivity and enhance customer satisfaction.

WDA has set aside over $1 million to train up to 300 in-house productivity champions from 60 companies under MAP.