The International Labour Organisation (ILO) and The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for co-operation for establishing a National Coordination Centre for Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprises (SCORE) Training Services in India to provide training to Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to make them competitive and boost productivity of the sector.
The MoU was a part of the second phase which covers three years period from January 2014 to December 2017 wherein national institutes will provide training to MSMEs. The first phase was covered between October 2009 and December 2013.
What is SCORE?
SCORE is a training programme which seeks to empower employers and workers and increase productivity and competitiveness of MSMEs. It is being supported by the Norway Agency for Development Cooperation (NADC) and the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SSEA). Presently it is operational in eight countries including India.
The main objective is to draw a framework for coordination and cooperation between the ILO and the FICCI that will result in phase-wise capacity building of the ‘Centre’ in the national coordination of SCORE training services in India. In line with the objective of SCORE, ILO is entrusted with building capacity of FICCI in three phases to enable the industry body to effectively coordinate and manage SCORE training services and each phase will be approximately for a year or more and will be governed by a technical partnership agreement.
This MoU will bring the industry body and a specialized international agency together and will contribute to holistic development of the SMEs in India from the perspective of skill development, employees’ relation and better business efficiency.