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Workplace productivity course begins Saturday

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, in collaboration with the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC) and the Cabinet Office, will commence a 13-week certificate programme, beginning this Saturday on 'Strategies for Enhancing Organisational Productivity' at the University of the West Indies Open Campus.

The programme is part of the institute's response to the initiative of Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips as outlined during his 2014-15 Budget presentation.

Phillips said both the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute and the Management Institute for National Development, in collaboration with the Jamaica Productivity Centre, would "spearhead the development and delivery of a national productivity training programme focused on enabling staff to develop productivity-enhancing programmes in the organisations".

Danny Roberts, who heads the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute, said that registration is now under way.

In a release yesterday, he said the emphasis on productivity improvement is set out under the agreement with the International Monetary Fund as one of the enabling factors to achieve economic growth.

He said the course has been designed "to promote understanding and improve awareness of what productivity is, its role and significance in economic and social development, and to equip the participants with the range of practical methods and techniques for productivity improvements".

For all sectors, levels

The course is for both public and private sector personnel and is pitched to incorporate all levels at the workplace - management, supervisors and workers - and should significantly help to improve labour-management relations, and will cost $19,500.

According to Roberts, graduates should see themselves as 'productivity champions' and organisations are encouraged to work very closely with the JPC to have their expertise available for the development of productivity measurements and techniques at the various workplaces.

The institute will collaborate with the finance ministry in the area of technical support for the programme.

Roberts expressed confidence that in the end, this partnership will greatly improve the country's productivity and foster the enabling environment that will achieve growth and meaningfully sustained development.