Regional: Designing Demand-Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training Frameworks for the Pacific

Sovereign Project | 41047-012

Summary

The TA will increase productivity and incomes, and wider employment choices for women and men, through enhanced skills and reduced skill shortages. It will raise regional and national capacity to support TVET Frameworks in the Pacific that address private sector demands, the needs of the informal economy and gender equity. At a national level, the TA will support the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu.

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Project Name Designing Demand-Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training Frameworks for the Pacific
Project Number 41047-012
Country Regional
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 7458-REG: Designing Demand-Based Technical and Vocational Education and Training Frameworks for the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 745,000.00
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Sector / Subsector Education - Technical and vocational education and training
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description The TA will increase productivity and incomes, and wider employment choices for women and men, through enhanced skills and reduced skill shortages. It will raise regional and national capacity to support TVET Frameworks in the Pacific that address private sector demands, the needs of the informal economy and gender equity. At a national level, the TA will support the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Timor-Leste, and Tuvalu.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed TA has been conceptualized in the context of regional and ADB priorities. The Pacific Plan (2005) emphasizes the importance of strengthening vocational and technical training and its links with the labor market and includes a cross-cutting Strategic Objective on Improved Gender Equality. In 2009 a regional Pacific Education Development Framework was endorsed by Forum Education Ministers. Two of six priorities relate to skills development in TVET and non-formal education and training. In 2009 the Forum Ministers of Education requested Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) to look at strategic ways of supporting TVET so as to add value to national efforts. The proposed TA also conforms to ADB's Long Term Strategic Framework: Strategy 2020 which states that "investments in and access to ...vocational training are necessary for more inclusive growth... ADB will increasingly direct its attention to raising the quality of technical vocational education and training." The proposed TA is also in accord with the Pacific Approach 2010-2014, which refers to "lack of institutional and human capacity development" and "lack of skilled and qualified labor." The document includes education and training as one of four sector priorities and supports more intensive regional cooperation. The proposed TA is also aligned with the Revised Pacific Platform for Action on Advancement of Women and Gender Equality 2005-2015, the 1998 Council of Regional Organisations of the Pacific Gender Strategy, and the 2000 SPC Gender Policy.
Impact Increased productivity and incomes, and wider employment choices for women and men, through enhanced skills and reduced skill shortages
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome

To raise regional and national capacity to support TVET Frameworks in the Pacific that address private

sector demands, the needs of the informal economy and gender equity

Progress Toward Outcome All activities planned for outputs in the original TA have been completed.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

SPC pool of regional experts identified

Strategic framework developed for regional skills development including gender focus

PATVET network expanded and strengthened to disseminate innovations and good practices

Skills development plans developed

TVET personnel trained on policy analysis

Tracer studies and market analyses completed, including from a gender perspective

TVET data collected, analyzed, and disaggregated by gender

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

The following activities have been completed:

(i) First Regional Workshop on Demand Driven Human Resource Development for

the Pacific, Policy and Program Alternatives and Choices was held in August 2010.

(ii) Second Regional Workshop on Youth Employment, Self Employment, and Sustainable Development in the Pacific and Timor-Leste: How can Demand-Driven Training Respond? was held in September 2011.

(iii) In-country workshops on data analysis for demand driven TVET were conducted in Kiribati and Solomon Islands (February 2012), Fiji, Samoa, and Tonga (March 2012), RMI and FSM (April 2012)

(iv) Tracer studies and market analyses were conducted in RMI (July 2011), FSM (November 2011), and Tuvalu (December 2011).

Geographical Location Selected Pacific Developing Member Countries
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services

The TA will finance up to 15 person-months of international consulting services and 18 person-months of national consulting services (see Appendix 3 for terms of reference for consultants). It will also finance eight national workshops on national TVET frameworks, and four market analyses and tracer studies. The TA will finance three regional workshops on the regional TVET framework.

Consultants will be recruited on an individual basis and employed by ADB in accordance with its Guidelines on the Use of Consultants (2007, as amended from time to time.) The proceeds of the TA will be disbursed in line with the Technical Disbursement Handbook. TA activities will be implemented over a 24-month period starting in February 2010. The TA is intended to provide the basis for a thorough needs analysis, and, subject to performance, future TA projects may support further activities within the four countries or extend existing activities to additional countries.

As of the TA' completion date - 31 Aug 2013, all consulting services have been completed which included 4 international consultants, and 5 national consultants to deliver the TA outputs. A total of 2 regional workshops (1 in August 2010 and 1 in September 2011) were held in Nadi, Fiji while a total of 7 in-country workshops were conducted in Kiribati, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Tonga in 2012.

Responsible ADB Officer Sunhwa Lee
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank Sally Pedersenspedersen@adb.org6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City, 1550 Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Nov 2009
Fact Finding 02 Nov 2009 to 13 Nov 2009
MRM -
Approval 18 Dec 2009
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 09 Apr 2007
Last PDS Update 01 Oct 2013

TA 7458-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
18 Dec 2009 - 18 Dec 2009 29 Feb 2012 31 Aug 2013 -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
745,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 745,000.00 18 Dec 2009 681,268.96

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