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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
Implementation Progress
Outputs Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities and Issues)
Improved quality of TVET
Increased and more equitable access to TVET
Increased private sector involvement in TVET strategy and delivery
Strengthened governance and management of the TVET system
Effective project management and implementation
Output 1: Improved Quality of TVET

Most of the activities under this output are not yet due. PIU-TVET has carried out preparation for the review of ongoing initiatives for skills standard development, which is the first pillar of competency-based training design. The manual on approach, methodology, and process in competency-based standard setting was prepared in November 2011, and will be presented in a workshop in December 2011. The workshop will be the kick-start of the development of competency standards for priority jobs in the 4 skills areas: (i) construction and building trades; (ii) mechanical and machinery maintenance and repair; (iii) furniture-making and (iv) basic business.

Output 2: Increased and more equitable access to TVET

Civil works activities have been initiated for the construction of dormitories and workshops at various project sites. One contract for the NCB package for Luang Prabang Technical and Vocational School has been awarded to the lowest substantially responsive bidder. Bid evaluation reports have been submitted for various NCB packages for construction of dormitories and workshops in Champasak, Savannakhet, Vientiane, KM3 Technical School, and Dongkhamxang provinces have been submitted for ADB review. Mobilization of contractors is planned in April 2012.

The training assistance voucher program has been conceptualized. A committee with representatives from the National Training Council, MOES, and other stakeholders has been nominated to oversee the operations of the voucher program through Ministerial Decree No. 29 dated 6 January 2011. A brainstorming session will be held in December 2011. The concept is expected to be institutionalized in April 2012.

Output 3: Increased private sector involvement in TVET strategy and delivery

Workshops for the revision of certificate curricula and teaching materials were conducted in quarter 1 of 2011. Advisory boards at the 7 public project TVET institutions have been set up. Establishment of trade working groups (TWG) for each priority skills areas to facilitate partnership between TVET institutions and the private sector has been completed in January 2011, and certified through promulgation of Ministerial Decision No. 1324 dated 15 June 2010. The draft conceptual framework of contracting procedures, and selection criteria of the direct contracting scheme with the private sector companies and private TVET institutions will be prepared by end of first quarter of 2012.

Output 4: Strengthened governance and management of the TVET system

The PIU LMIS at MOLSW is operational with professional national staff and equipment supplied by the Project. Preliminary initial data collection will start early 2012 prior to the arrival of both the national and international LMIS consultants. These preliminary data will help MOES and MOLSW analyze basic labor market information which will be the backbone of the new LMIS being established.

Output 5: Effective Project management and implementation
A project steering committee, co-chaired by the Vice Minister, MOES and the Vice Minister, MOLSW has been established through Ministerial Decree No. 1323 dated 15 June 2010. The Project Directorate is in place, with a Project Director, a Deputy Project Director, and 7 administrative members. Project implementation units at the MOES (PIU-TVET) and MOLSW (PIU-LMIS) have both been established through Ministerial Decree No. 1324 dated 15 June 2010. Contract staff have been appointed at PIU-TVET and PIU-LMIS.

A project steering committee, co-chaired by Vice Minister, MOES and Vice Minister, MOLSW, has been established. The PSC meeting will be organized in January 2012. Following mobilization of project implementation consultant team in September 2011, inception workshop was conducted in October 2011. Inception report was submitted to ADB on 2 November 2011. Knowledge sharing workshops of the inception report were conducted in project institutions in November 2011.
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  Resettlement C
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Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects During operation, the automotive workshop will ensure proper disposal of hazardous waste such as engine oil. During construction of the dormitories, the contractor will keep noise and dust within locally acceptable levels, as well as manage fill, excavated material, and solid waste in a manner that does not create a permanent impact. Water supply in the dormitories will meet national drinking water quality standards.
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.
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
14 Sep 2014 16.874 73%
Cumulative Disbursements
14 Sep 2014 13.362 58%
Top Status of Covenants
Category Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safe
Rating Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory
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