Conference summarising the training project 'Enhancing the competitiveness of the wood industry companies'
On 11th December 2007 in Mercure hotel in Poznań the conference summarising the training project titled "Enhancing the competitiveness of the wood industry companies"took place
The participants of the conference were: entrepreneurs who run business in wood and furniture industries, representatives of local government units, entrepreneurs' and employers' organisations, development organisations, subcontractors involved in project realisation
Under media patronage of
Gazeta Drzewna Polski Holz-Zentralblatt
The aim of the conference was to present results of project, paying special attention to presentation of examples of good practices, concerning management system in micro, small and medium enterprises as well as cooperation with big companies. "The guide of good practices, management systems in Micro Small Medium Enterprise of wood industry" was presented. It contained particular kind of information and didactic materials, which presented knowledge and practical aspects in scope of management of micro, small and medium companies of wood and furniture industry. It has considerable meaning as the effect of the project, because of the fact that it presents management methods which are desirable in Polish conditions and worth recommendation. It was to emerge from its participants the leaders of good practices
There were 122 participants of the conference, and the programme encompassed:
a paper entitled: „Wood market in Poland - trends and challenges", given by Asst. Prof. Ewa Ratajczak, DSc Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs,
a presentation by Jolanta Jackowiak, Manager of the Project, Vice-President of the Board of F5 Konsulting Sp z o.o. concerning project results entitled "Enhancing the competitiveness of the wood industry companies",
information given by Artur Olszewski, Deputy Director of European Funds Department F5 Konsulting Sp z o.o. about possibilities of supporting the development of the wood and furniture companies from European funds resources in 2007-2013,
- lecture by Beata Matczak, Coordinator of the Project, Consultant of European Funds F5 Department Konsulting Sp z o.o., presenting the guide of good practises,
- Diploma for Leaders of good practices handed by Artur Marczewski, PhD, Vice- President of Polish Agency for Enterprise Development. A speech concerning support for human resources development,
- presentation by Mariusz Lipkowski, the owner of consultation and training group FALCO entitled: "Improvement of management skills concerning human resources in wood and furniture industry- advantages"
Also press conference took place, during which representatives of conference organisers were responding to journalists questions
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Training project entitled "Enhancing the competitiveness of the wood industry companies" was realised in 2005-2007 by order of Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, co-financed by the European Union within European Social Fund, implemented in the frame of Sectoral Operational Programme Human Resource Development - Action 2.3. „Development of human resources in modern economy", scheme b) Promotion of system solutions in the scope of adaptive capability development and the knowledge based economy".
The consortium's goal concerning trainings for wood sector was to be done by:
- F5 Konsulting Sp. z o.o. (Consortium Leader),
- Wood Technology Institute,
- Foundation for the Development of Local Democracy,
with participation of priced lecturers, knowing specificity of wood sector and also micro small and medium enterprises
PARTICIPANTS OF THE PROJECT
Participants of the project were wood and furniture companies from Poland:
- main target group encompassed micro, small and medium companies,
- target group of beneficiaries were enlarged by the companies cooperating directly with wood and furniture sector (pulp and paper industry, forestry, trade and service companies etc.).
The participants structure::
54% - small and medium companies,
41% - micro companies,
5% - large companies.
The most interesting for entrepreneurs were training subjects connected with Quality Management System, sales techniques, basic knowledge about negotiations, introduction of rules of team cooperation and communication, analysis of the changes in company's legal environment, widely understood communication in the company, and also cost account, management and organisation of working time. In addition employers from wood sector were willing to invest in deepening knowledge and enhancing qualifications of new employees in scope of cutting trees and production of wood raw material, servicing frame sawing machines, internal combustion saw or motor-driven trucks, and also classification of lumber and wood drying.
The advantage of used training system for entrepreneurs from wood sector was the fact that in large extent trainings were "closed" (means that they were carried out for special orders from particular companies, also in company's headquarters). Thanks to that solution, many workers had been trained within disciplines that were identified as necessary for development of particular company.
The Programme included 3 components:
- Component I - trainings aiming to improvement widely understood company management system
- 442 trainings (48,30%)
- Component II - trainings acquainting management of micro, small, and medium enterprises with requirements and expectations of corporations as far as it concerns cooperation with potential subcontractors
- 187 trainings (20,44%)
- Component III -Vocational training concerning wood and its processing techniques
- 286 trainings (31,26%)
From June 2006 to November 2007 the consortium trained about 13 thd. participants from over 750 wood and furniture Polish companies, during almost 1600 training days
THE GUIDE OF GOOD PRACTISES
Important effect of project realisation was issuing "The guide of good practises" in scope of management systems in micro, small and medium enterprises sector of wood industry. Starting point of its realisation was the benchmarking idea, which relied on creative "following" good patterns and adaptation of solutions already checked in practice.
The aim of realisation was diffusion of knowledge about "good practises" thanks to which the increase of competitiveness, for the whole wood sector and particular producers on domestic and international market, will be possible.
Leaders of Good Practices were emerged within the project, (those were companies which showed that systems they apply are effective and worth following)
The Leaders of Good Practises:
- Fabryka Mebli - Dariusz Mikołajczyk
- Przedsiębiorstwo PHU Kania
- Suwalskie PPH WITAL Kolenkiewicz, Uździło Sp. j.
- Tartak i Zakład Stolarski Janina i Wacław Witkowscy Sp. j.
- Usługowo-Produkcyjny Zakład Stolarski CHATA Wakuła Tadeusz
- DREWPOL Sp. z o. o.
- Warsztat Stolarski Gról Łucjan
- Zakład Stolarstwa Ogólnego KON-STOL S.c.
- Zakład Stolarski Włodzimierz i Jerzy Głubisz S.c.
- Zakład Tartaczno-Stolarski Maria Wełna
OTHER RESULTS OF THE PROJECT:
- increasing employees qualifications, what is the basis for enhancing the competitiveness
- possibility of direct cooperation between small, medium and big companies
- participation in trainings of workers: who were not very willing to take part in, and whose access to knowledge was limited
- trainings also took place in the country-sides
CRUCIAL SUCCESS FACTORS:
- identifying training needs of the beneficiary
- cooperation with institutions and units who act in wood and furniture sector
- activities concentrated on achieving defined goals
- orientation on beneficiary
- positive cooperation with Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
- effective project organisation and management processes
- building atmosphere promoting creativeness and innovativeness
- adjusting organisational structure and procedures to targets and specificity of the project
- detailed operational schedule of activities
- ongoing quality control
- risk and changes management
- building project image
- dynamic promotional activities, aimed on recruitment - directed sales
- training programmes adjusted to beneficiaries needs