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Piloting of the ILO “Work Improvement in Small Enterprises” WISE programme in Featured

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Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) is an innovative approach to improving working conditions and productivity in small and medium-sized enterprises around the world. It is a process in which entrepreneurs and managers are empowered and supported to address working conditions issues through the identification, sharing and implementation of local and affordable good practices.

A workshop was conducted in Beirut from 29 to 31 October 2013 to pilot the WISE programme that was recently translated to Arabic and adapted to the needs of the Jordanian and Lebanese economies. It was attended by 27 participants who consisted of representatives from small and medium industrial enterprises across the different sectors in Lebanon, including the food and beverage, packaging, cosmetics, and industrial machinery sectors; as well as representatives from different units of the Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Research Institute and ELCIM.

 The workshop focused on introducing the technical modules of the WISE programme to the participants which include productive machine safety, control of hazardous substances, and lighting. Participants were also exposed to the managerial modules of the programme which include Managing and Motivating Workers, Create a Respectful Work Environment, Creating Family Friendly Measures and Managing Wages and Benefits. Since the goal of the workshop was to review and adapt the material based on feedback received from Jordanian and Lebanese SMEs, after each module was explained a discussion was held with participants to go over the required changes and adaptations.

At the end of the workshop, a wrap-up session was held, whereby the trainers reviewed the expectations with the participants and it was determined that 90% of the expectations were met during the workshop.

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