Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 20 Feb 2006
PDS Updated as of 21 Oct 2013

Project Name Technical Education Development
Country Sri Lanka
Project/Program Number 35197-013
Status Closed
Geographical Location Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kandy, Kurunegala, Maradana, and Rathnapura
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Education
Subsector Technical Education and Vocational Skills Training
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Financing

Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
Loan2197Asian Development Fund20,000
Counterpart 6,700
TOTAL US$ 26,700

Safeguard Categories

For more information about the safeguard categories, please see http://www.adb.org/site/safeguards/safeguard-categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

No issues to date.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation

During project preparation, consultations were held with different stakeholders at the policy-making level, representatives of organizations providing vocational training, local communities, private sector, staff of the ongoing Skills Development Project, MSDVTE officials, and students. Discussions were held with stakeholders at the regional level to identify courses, taking into consideration labor market demands. Industrial specialists were consulted for information on training needs and employment opportunities. At a national workshop the draft project feasibility study was presented to key stakeholders and their comments and concerns were addressed.

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Description

The Project?s impact will be the development of more mid-level and highly skilled human resources who will contribute to economic growth and social development. The Project supports the Government?s poverty reduction strategy and economic goals by improving the country?s skill-based competitiveness. The Project?s envisioned outcome is improved access and strengthened capacity of the TEVT system in technical and technological education to meet labor market needs.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government is addressing unemployment and the changing labor market through a combination of short- and medium-term strategies. In the short-term, the Government is exploring the possibility of expanding local and foreign employment in the skilled and semi-skilled job categories while, over the medium-term, the Government accords high priority to manufacturing-based growth with increased foreign investments. This strategy requires the availability of highly trained labor, including technicians and technologists, which are presently in short supply. The Sri Lankan labor market is facing a supply-demand gap for skilled labor at the technologist and technician level. Locally, the supply of technicians and mid-level professionals is already falling short of demand while, in the foreign labor market, Sri Lanka has been continuously unable to fill a significant portion of job orders for middle-level and skilled worker categories. Despite the large supply-demand gap, unemployment, especially for the educated youth, is a serious concern in Sri Lanka. The large number of school-leavers lack employment-related skills necessary to obtain employment in available jobs or engage in self-employment. These unemployed youths could be productively employed in industry if they are trained in relevant technical and vocational skills. The Project supports Sri Lanka's development strategy and is included in ADB's Country Strategy and Program. The Project supports the Government?s poverty reduction strategy and economic goals by improving the country?s skill-based competitiveness.

Development Impact

To develop more mid-level and highly skilled human resources to contribute to economic growth and social development.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Improved access and strengthened capacity of the TEVT system in technical and technological education to address labor market needs.
Progress Towards Outcome
12 technician diploma programs in different subject areas were developed for NVQ levels 5 & 6 and are being implemented in the Colleges of Technology. Foundation courses for above diploma programs were implemented and practiced. 12 competency standards are developed and validated. In UNIVOTEC six degree programmes in different subject areas are being conducted. The first batch of UNIVOTEC graduates in B.Ed. Tec passed out in 2011. Two batches were taken for B. Tec and B. Ed. Tec degree programmes for 2010/ 2011.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Capacity of selected public sector technical education and vocational training (TEVT) institutions strengthened to offer technician diploma programs Capacity of selected public sector technical education and vocational training (TEVT) institutions strengthened to offer technician diploma programs (cont.) Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training (MVTT) and relevant insitutions under its purview strengthened to support a market-responsive TEVT system MVTT and relevant insitutions under its purview strengthened to support a market-responsive TEVT system (cont.) University focusing in technical education and technology established and operating University focusing in technical education and technology established and operating (cont.)
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
The subcommittee appointed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) has prepared a recommendation regarding the proposed structure of CoTs and procedures have been developed. All the activities completed Composition of the Advisory Council for each CoT was approved by the Project Steering Committee in April 2006. Advisory Councils in 8 CoTs have been established and have met. Workshops were conducted and CoTs staff were trained to prepare strategic management plans and strategic management plan was prepared for each CoT. The staff development plan has been prepared and approved by the ADB. Competency standards and curricula outline for 11 diploma programs were prepared and validated. 7 Sector Councils were established. All the activities completed All the activities completed The manual is prepared. Foundation courses are implemented. Three technician programs, supported by JICA in CoT-Maradana have been implemented in 2007 and 8 diplomas were implemented. All the activities completed. Guidelines for operation and maintenance plans are developed. All the activities completed. All the activities completed. The staff development plan has been prepared and further refined with advice from the project consultants. Selection of trainers for CoTs staff and the Univotec will be done. All the activities completed All the activities completed OBB concept paper and framework was developed. EMIS framework was developed and TOR is prepared. The bidding document is prepared Research studies are done. Competency standards and curricula were developed. 30 skills standards were developed, validated and endorsed. Standards have been prepared for 11 areas and validated and 3 were endorsed Review procedures started. Procedures for accreditation and QMS are developed. Established. Auditors are identified. The Univotec Act was approved by the Parliamnet in June 2008. Two consultants were appointed by the Ministry to oversee the drafing of the proposed Univotec's bylaws and is complete. Prepared 3-year course program has been developed by NITESL. Curricula outlines and modules are developed. completed. Contracts were awarded.
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing 2006 Feb 20
Consulting Services
The selection and engagement of all project-financed consulting services will be in accordance with quality- and cost-based selection using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants. A team of consultants to provide services in a range of specializations with estimated international inputs of 114 person-months and domestic inputs of 210 person-months is planned. These services will be provided by a consulting firm and will be selected according to ADB guidelines.
Procurement
Procurement of ADB-fianced good, related services and civil works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement reflecting ADB's anticorruption policy and mandatory use of ADB's standard bidding documents.
Procurement and Consulting Notices
http://www.adb.org/projects/35197-013/business-opportunities

Timetable

Concept Clearance
Fact-finding 04 May 2005 to 20 May 2005
Management Review Meeting 12 Jul 2005
Approval 21 Nov 2005
Last Review Mission

Milestones

Approval No. Approval Signing Effectivity Closing
Original Revised Actual
Loan 2197 21 Nov 2005 19 Jan 2006 19 Apr 2006 31 Aug 2011 16 Oct 2012

Utilization

Date Approval Number ADB (US$ thousand) Others (US$ thousand) Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards
21 Oct 2014 Loan 2197 19,935 0 99.00%
Cumulative Disbursements
21 Oct 2014 Loan 2197 20,142 0 100.00%

Status of Covenants

Covenants are categorized under the following categories—audited accounts, safeguards, social, sector, financial, economic, and others. Covenant compliance is rated by category by applying the following criteria: (i) Satisfactory—all covenants in the category are being complied with, with a maximum of one exception allowed, (ii) Partly Satisfactory—a maximum of two covenants in the category are not being complied with, (iii) Unsatisfactory—three or more covenants in the category are not being complied with. As per the 2011 Public Communications Policy, covenant compliance ratings for Project Financial Statements apply only to projects whose invitation for negotiation falls after 2 April 2012.

Approval No. Category
Sector Social Financial Economic Others Safeguards Project Financial Statements
Loan 2197 Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Nelun C. Gunasekera (ngunasekera@adb.org)
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies Ministry of Skills Dev't, Voc'l, & Tech'l Educatn
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Links

Project Website http://www.adb.org/projects/35197-013/main
List of Project Documents http://www.adb.org/projects/35197-013/documents