Increased and more equitable access to TVET

1.         This output will increase access to formal certificate and diploma TVET for students from remote areas, including girls, by (i) providing training assistance vouchers to TVET trainees; (ii) increasing access for students, particularly girls, from remote areas by financing the construction of student-friendly dormitory facilities; and (iii) broadening access to vocational training by supporting a review of TVET certificate entry qualifications to reduce academic barriers to training, and the development of new entry qualifications, procedures for recognizing prior learning, and special assistance programs.

 

2.         Provide training assistance vouchers. The training assistance voucher program will provide tuition fee assistance and a stipend to cover living costs for students in the seven public and four private TVET institutions. To be eligible to receive the voucher, a student must (i) be enrolled in a certificate or diploma program at one of the seven public TVET institutions or four private TVET institutions in one of the four priority skill areas, (ii) be at least 16 years old, and (iii) have attended elementary school or have recent employment experience. A total of 4,800 vouchers will be offered over the project period. MOE will select the voucher recipients using a transparent process outlined in Appendix 5. At least 25% of the vouchers will be allocated to females and 20% to students from ethnic groups. Female voucher-recipient graduates will be assisted in securing employment through the payment of a wage subsidy to their employer, covering approximately 30% of the graduate's starting salary. The wage subsidy will last for 6 months.

3.         Enhance access for women and ethnic groups. The project will construct or refurbish

2,200 student-friendly dormitory places to improve access for female and ethnic students. The dormitories will be in the seven public TVET institutions and VEDC, with 50% of places reserved for women.