35197-013: Technical Education Development

Project Data Sheet (PDS): Details


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.

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.

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 Operation/Construction or Implementation Progress

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.

Safeguard Categories

Environment: C
Involuntary Resettlement: C
Indigenous Peoples: B

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

No issues to date.

Status of Covenants

Category Rating
Loan 2197
Sector Satisfactory
Social Satisfactory
Financial Satisfactory
Economic
Others Satisfactory
Safe Satisfactory
Project Financial Statements



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Timetable

Fact-finding
04 May 2005 to 20 May 2005

Management Review Meeting
12 Jul 2005

Approval
21 Nov 2005

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