Project  Purpose and Scope

1.         Project Objectives

1.1       The project seeks to improve both the quality of, and access to, formal TVET in Lao PDR, focusing on certificate and diploma programs. Quality improvements include developing skill standards, improving curricula and training teachers in 4 priority skill areas: (i) construction and building trades, (ii) mechanical and machinery maintenance and repair, (iii) furniture-making, and (iv) basic business.

1.2      Access and equity will be enhanced through the introduction of a voucher assistance training scheme and construction of dormitories.

1.3      A key project focus is on increasing private involvement in TVET and achieving greater alignment between TVET and labor market needs.

1.4      TheexpectedimpactoftheprojectisamorehighlyskilledanddiverseworkforceinLao PDR as the result of the project’s expected outcome, which is an accessible formal vocational training system that is more responsive to labor market needs. The overall main performance target as stated in PAM, is that the number of workers in the labor force with formal TVET qualifications increases by 25% (50%forfemales) from2011to2021.

2.         Project Scope

2.1      The project focuses on certificate and diploma training in four priority skill areas with an identified labor demand: (i) construction and building trades, (ii) mechanical and machinery maintenance and repair, (iii) furniture-making, and (iv) basic business. These priority skill areas were selected based on the findings of the 2010 labor market assessment. This assessment lists and sets out the selection criteria for the four priorities skill areas. The project will support seven public TVET institutions, four private TVET institutions and the Vocational Education Development Center (VEDC).

2.2      These entities will receive arrange of assistance under the project, including teacher training, new curricula, and management training. The seven public and four private TVET institutions will also be eligible to enroll students under the voucher assistance training program, while the seven public TVET institutions and VEDC will also receive equipment and facility upgrades.

2.3       The project scope is therefore, comprehensive and inclusive in terms of institutional coverage, geographical coverage, and cross sectorial coverage. As for the geographical coverage, the project covers institutions across the country. This ensures equitable access to TVET institutions especially in rural areas. A unique feature of the project is the inclusion of private TVET institutions and private firms in the production of outputs.

2.4       Through this comprehensive and inclusive approach the project takes a balanced view by recognizing the important role of the private sector in the development of the TVET sector in Lao PDR.  Thus, the project provides support to private providers of TVET and involves employers through innovative schemes to promote better cooperation between the public and private sectors. This cooperation will help prepare TVET graduates to be well-equipped for employment in the private sector.

2.5       The Technical Assistance (TA) activities under the STVET project are all linked to the relevant proposed outcomes of the TVET Master Plan 2008 – 2015[1], for the overall development of the TVET sector.

2.6       The Master Plan emphasizes on, among others, integration of demand side in skills development  and promotion of TVET, establishment of National Qualification Framework (NQF), development of competency based standards and modular curricula that is linked to those standards, developing the knowledge base and competencies  of TVET teachers, access and equity, cross cutting issues such as poverty reduction program, empowerment of women, governance of TVET, development of labour market information system and active labour market tools, like career guidance and counseling/vocational guidance.

2.7       Against the above project scope, no remedial measures are anticipated at for the time being, and therefore, ongoing activities remain in line with DMF, but not on time track due to the fact that the TA team was mobilized end of 2011 only.