Recognizing the need for improved productivity, quality and better working condition in the garment sector, the comprehensive and coordinated SIRAYE programme on Advancing Decent Work and Inclusive Industrialization launched its productivity and quality intervention led by the Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Programme on June 2019.
The SCORE programme implemented the pilot intervention from June – September 2019 in four garment-manufacturing enterprises (two domestic and two Foreign Direct Investment) in Addis Ababa. The intervention combined practical classroom training with in-factory advisory visit focusing on productivity improvement, quality management, lean production and flow efficiency workstation design and line balancing.
The training was an eye opener for me - take the 5s concept for example. It clearly outlines what to do, why things happen, how to avoid defect and how this ultimately reduces stress to the worker in relation to productivity."A welfare manager at one of the pilot factory highlighted.
When they first announced the SCORE training, I was not enthusiastic. I thought ‘ok, this is going to be one of the training from these people (expats)’. But when I found out the trainers were Ethiopian and the training was going to be given in Amharic, I was excited."A factory worker explains.
The feedback obtained during the pilot phase confirmed that the SCORE interventions were instrumental in improving labour productivity, increasing production, reducing product defects and rejection and reduction in worker absenteeism and improvement in workplace cooperation between management and workers.
Having no established system to increase productivity and efficiency was a major problem in our factory. Everything you do becomes a waste if it is not systematized. The SCORE intervention gave me hope that things can change. Establishing PICC committee (productivity improvement consultative committee) was also instrumental in identifying our problem, coming up with collective solutions."An industrial engineer in one of the factory emphasized.
Factories need to sustain its staff though better compensation because we are always looking for something better and this is a competitive sector."A factory worker explained.