he Productivity Council (PC) has continued to work actively to foster structured and accelerated productivity growth across the Process Industry through its various work groups, despite disruptions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Below is an update on the progress of the various Work Groups:
1. The Pilot Project Work Group (WG) continues to pursue the development of Craft-based Productivity Standards to motivate site teams by setting productivity targets for craft workers. The training team at the PC has trained more than 300 participants over the last year. With overwhelming interest from both Plant Owners and Process Construction and Maintenance (PCM) Contractors, the WG is preparing to restart the respective programmes for Activity Analysis, Best Practices on Productivity Improvement Index, and Workface Planning. In addition, sharing/awareness sessions will also be organised for other Plant Owners to understand the various productivity management programmes offered by the PC.
2. The Mechanisation Work Group has identified and collated 59 tools in the database. The information in the database will be periodically updated, with plans to further introduce new tools for the industry. The utility of the various tools has been extended to a wider audience through various interactions and mechanisation awareness sessions with Plant Owners, where the database has been introduced to their in-house contractors. Additionally, the WG has worked with Enterprise Singapore on the funding arrangements for selected tools.
3. The Productivity Certification Framework (PCF) was launched at the 2019 Productivity Improvement forum by Senior Minister of State, Dr. Koh Poh Koon. The PC benchmarking team subsequently conducted the Pilot Certification exercise with the Big Six contractors, where the Certification Work Group worked towards refining the Certification Framework and implementing improvement opportunities with the feedback received. To enhance the value and the credibility of the Certification process, the WG is exploring potential engagement of third-party audits in the Certification process. Looking beyond the Productivity Council, the WG will also be raising awareness of the PCF with other Plant Owners and contractors to seek their support for the Certification programme after its official launch.
4. Following the introduction of Phase-2 R1 Criteria in July 2020, the Workers’ Capability Work Group has been actively involved in the development of the Phase-3 R1 criteria proposal to ensure that the industry is well-supported by a skilled and productive workforce.
5. To ensure the sustainability of the productivity improvement practices adopted from Construction Industry Institute (CII) and various strategic initiatives by the Productivity Council, the Centre of Excellence (COE) Work Group has been working towards refining the proposed operating model for the Centre to meet the aim of providing innovations and implementation of industry initiatives. The WG has also been developing a business and funding model for the Centre of Excellence, to implement and follow through within the PCMMC’s workstreams. Keeping in mind challenges the industry is expected to face in the future, the WG will also be developing proposals for Productivity Innovation Projects (PIPs), in collaboration with higher education research centres to allow industry stakeholders to co-create futuristic and innovative solutions for productivity improvement in the industry.
6. As part of efforts to maintain Singapore’s global competitiveness, the newly formed Projects Work Group (previously known as the Construction Work Group) will focus on productivity improvement opportunities for construction projects. The WG will strive to provide recommendations suited for local implementation by sieving out relevant and useful best practices from International Project Analysis, Inc (IPA) and CII, and learning from overseas project implementation principles.