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Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project :  Lao People's Dem Rep

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Grant Name Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project
Country Lao People's Dem Rep
Grant Number 0211
Project Number 42278- 02
Source of Funding/Amount[Approved]
Asian Development Fund US$23.00  million
Thematic Classification Private Sector Development
Economic growth
Gender Equity
Capacity Development
Sector/Subsector Education / Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Gender Mainstreaming Category Gender equity theme
Project Outcome
Outcome Progress Toward Outcome
An accessible formal vocational training system that is more responsive to labor market needs Establishment of LMIS and EMIS for TVET is underway.
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
1. Improved quality of TVET
2. Increased and more equitable access to TVET
3. Increased private sector involvement in TVET strategy and delivery
4. Strengthened governance and management of the TVET system
5. Effective project management and implementation
The implementation of program is under way.
1. Improved quality of TVET

The implementation of program is under way.
National skills standards for four priority trades including construction, automobile and machinery service and repair, furniture and basic business developed in English and Lao. These documents are uploaded on the project website for public view and use.
Ministerial Decision No. 1324 dated 15 June 2010 on the establishment of Technical working group for four priority trade areas.
Advisory boards for 7 public TVET and 2 private TVET institutions have been set up. The advisory board members are totally 120 including 33 women.
Competency standard s for 23 jobs in the four occupational priority areas have developed and waiting for approval.
Competency based module curricula for 17 jobs have developed in Lao language, 11 out 17 jobs were approved by Ministry of Education and Sports. The remaining 6 jobs are submitted for approval.
675 learning elements for 11 jobs will be developed, 131 learning elements were developed.
Comprehensive competency standard for trainer qualification was developed Q3 2014.
120 head of divisions of technical and vocational instituted were trained on leadership, pedagogy, and technical skills in cooperation with TEMASEK institute.
Social marketing campaign will be developed to change the TVET image, student and parents perception on TVET, inform the society the TVET reform.

2. Increased and equitable access to TVET
Training Assistance Voucher Program (TAVP)
(i) First batch: 800 students applied and 659 were selected according to the selection criteria. The recipients enrolled in four priority trades areas including construction, furniture, mechanic and machinery repair and maintenance, and basic business administration.
(ii) Second batch: 1029 students received TAVP in 2013 and most of the recipients came from provinces, of which 347 are women.
- Workshops at the seven public TVET institutes were upgraded, new equipment and training on the use of new equipment were provided to training instructors.
6 of 11 dormitories are allocated for female students coming from provinces.

3. Increased private sector involvement in TVET strategy and delivery

Private firms and private training providers are engaged to participate in the contracting program which includes specialist skills contracting program and skills contracting program.

(i) Specialist skills contracting program: 6 private institutes were contracting to deliver training in automotive repair, motorbike maintenance, water supply plumbing, construction, electronic, and basic business and administration to 88 teaching staff and 90 students. More than 40 TVET teachers attended skills training program in Thailand to upgrade their technical skills.
(ii) Skills contracting program: procurement training program in 10 areas is underway.

4. Strengthened governance and management of the TVET system
EMIS is established at Department of TVET which links with the seven project institutes.
Labor Management Information System (LMIS) has established at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare. Equipment has installed and training on data collection and analysis is underway.
Long and short term employment contract for TVET teachers including selection criteria and employment conditions and training were developed.
MOES has reviewed and adapted the TVET quality assurance system developed by UNESCO. This system includes self-assessment, standard and quality assurance indicators, and TVET quality assurance capacity development plan.
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  Environment C
  Resettlement C
  Indigenous People B
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects Environmental categorization is C. During project implementation, automotive workshops ensured proper disposal of hazardous waste such as engine oil. During construction of the dormitories, the contractors kept noise and dust within locally acceptable levels, as well as managed fill, excavated material, and solid waste in a manner that did not create a permanent impact. Water supply in the dormitories will meet national drinking water quality standards.
Involuntary Resettlement Involuntary resettlement category is C, as civil works is limited to upgrading TVET institution facilities and constructing new buildings within existing boundaries, which will not require land acquisition or resettlement.
Indigenous People An ethnic group development plan was prepared to ensure integration of ethnic groups' needs and interests in project outputs, and ensure ethnic group access and participation. Key features include (i) ethnic group enrolment in certificate and diploma education in the 4 priority skill areas reaches 20%; (ii) at least 30% of vouchers and dormitory spaces are reserved for ethnic students; (iii) the social marketing campaign is targeted to ethnic communities to encourage TVET and present positive role models, especially in nontraditional skill areas; and (iv) ethnicity sensitivity training is provided to project stakeholders.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation
During Project Design Project preparation involved two stakeholder workshops each with over 100 participants; an Labor Market Assessment (LMA) involving 817 enterprises in eight provinces and a questionnaire survey on skills, facilities and equipment in public and private TVET institutions in Luang Prabang, Champasak, Vientiane Province, Vientiane Capital and Savannakhet. Discussions were held with the Ministry of Education and its relevant departments; the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Mining and Energy; the Lao Women's Union, Lao Youth Union, NGOs, the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, international development partners and private TVET institutions.

In order to gather a range of views and challenges from community/village/student level, fieldwork was undertaken in Luangnamtha, Bokeo and Vientiane. Discussions were held with students in the TVET institutions about their choice of training, affordability and aspirations for employment. Two ethnic secondary schools were visited and discussions held with the headmaster, deputy headmasters and students. Village meetings were held to discuss parent and student perception of TVET.
During Project Implementation Level of consultation and participation envisaged during the project implementation and monitoring is information sharing.
ADB fields review bi-annual review missions.
Responsible ADB Officer Khamtanh Chanthy
Norman LaRocque
Responsible ADB Department Southeast Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Concept Clearance 14 Apr 2010
Fact-finding 19 Apr 2010 to 05 May 2010
Board Approval 09 Jul 2010
Grant No. Approval Signing Effectivity Original Revised Actual

Financing Plan Top Grant Utilization
  TOTAL ( Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 23.00
ADB 23.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Date ADB OTHERS Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
25 Aug 2015 19.911 87%
Cumulative Disbursements
25 Aug 2015 15.423 67%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
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