India: Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education

Sovereign Project | 47334-002

Summary

The Kerala State Skill Development Project was launched by the Government of Kerala (GOK) in July 2012 to enhance the employability of the state's youth and create opportunities for productive employment. It has two sub-programs to tackle the supply-side problems. The first, the Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP), has been designed by the Departments of Higher Education and General Education, GOK to address the preventive dimension of low employability. The second, the Additional Skill Enhancement Program, has been designed by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Local Self Government, GOK to address the curative dimension by focusing on re-skilling the unemployed youths registered with employment exchanges.

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Project Name Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education
Project Number 47334-002
Country India
Project Status Approved
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3188-IND: Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education
Ordinary capital resources US$ 100.00 million
TA 8760-IND: Capacity Building for the Additional Skill Acquisition Program
Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction US$ 1.50 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Gender equity
Description

The Kerala State Skill Development Project was launched by the Government of Kerala (GOK) in July 2012 to enhance the employability of the state's youth and create opportunities for productive employment. It has two sub-programs to tackle the supply-side problems. The first, the Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP), has been designed by the Departments of Higher Education and General Education, GOK to address the preventive dimension of low employability. The second, the Additional Skill Enhancement Program, has been designed by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Local Self Government, GOK to address the curative dimension by focusing on re-skilling the unemployed youths registered with employment exchanges. The Government of India and GOK have requested Asian Development Bank assistance for strengthening and scaling up ASAP since it aims to tackle the problem of low employability early on by integrating general and vocational education so that students become market-ready even while being enrolled in school and college.

The impact will be increased employment of Kerala''s youth. The outcome is that the graduates of government and government-aided higher secondary schools and arts-science colleges are more employable.This will be achieved by the following outputs: (i) market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic education, (ii) access to quality vocational training enhanced, (iii) increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated, (iv) improved program management and monitoring and evaluation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed support for ASAP reflects the priorities of the India Country Partnership Strategy, 2013- 2017 which seeks to reinforce India's efforts towards inclusive growth and recognizes education (with focus on TVET) as a new sector in ADB's India operations. It is also closely aligned with the midterm review of Strategy 2020 which emphasizes the need for ADB to expand education sector lending from an average of 3% during 2008- 2012 to 6% -10% of annual approvals by focusing on post-basic education and TVET to promote human capital development, and facilitating public-private partnerships to leverage and improve results.
Impact Increased employment of Kerala's youth (aged 15 to 24 years)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased employability of ASAP certificate holders
Progress Toward Outcome As on 31st December 2014 1470 SDEs have been empanelled. Two batches of SDEs are on training now.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic education

Access to quality vocational training enhanced

Increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated

Improved program management and M&E

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

Already achieved the prior results and on track for 2015 target

Currently, ASAP is offering training around 81 courses covering 17 sectors. The level and quality of industry linkage is being ascertained and strengthened.

This is the first year of implementation and the target for 2015 is 15,000 students to be enrolled in vocational courses is likely to be achieved.

Around 20 potential sites for community skills parks (CSPs) identified. Two standard architectural design templates for CSPs prepared.

Since only 6 EOIs have been received as of 29 Dec 2014, the advertisement period has been extended so that more firms can apply. It is expected that the design and supervision consultants will be mobilized by early April 2015. Renovation standards and architectural protocols for Skills Dev. Centers (SDC) prepared. This includes standards for adaptive re-use of existing buildings into SDCs.

O&M to be determined later.

Baseline for enrollment in ASAP already surpassed.

At least 20 private skills training providers engaged by ASAP in 2015 already achieved for 2014.

MOUs signed with 848 higher secondary schools and 106 colleges. Foundation training has been initiated in 50% institutions and the remaining by the end of January 2015. Vocational training will be initiated in the month of March 2015 after their annual examinations.

MOUs signed with 10 sector skills councils (SSCs) and 43 training service providers (TSPs) & industry associations. An MOU was signed between ASAP and NSDC on 11 Dec. 2014.

Workshop between ASAP and all 30 of the SSCs established by NSDC held on 30 January 2015. This formalized ASAP s engagement with more SSCs, and help them in identifying more internship and employment opportunities for their trainees, improving training quality, and strengthening assessment and certification standards.

Experienced program management staff engaged.

ASAP MIS for monitoring implementation and achievement of gender and social inclusion targets already operational.

Empanelment of at least 2,000 SDEs is not yet due.

Geographical Location
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The program is categorized as B in terms of environment.
Involuntary Resettlement The program is being categorized as C in terms of involuntary resettlement. No new land will be acquired, nor will anyone be displaced.
Indigenous Peoples The program is category C for indigenous peoples since the program will support construction of new community skills parks on unencumbered government land and upgrading and remodeling of exisiting government buildings into community skills parks. Indigenous people account for only 1% of Kerala's population and will not be affected in any way by the civil works.
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design The Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) has been designed on the basis of intensive (and ongoing) consultations with all relevant stakeholders students, principals and teachers of higher secondary schools and undergraduate colleges, parents, industry associations, and sector skills councils.
During Project Implementation The ASAP Secretariat will continue with the above outreach efforts during project implementation. A detailed communication strategy and roll-out plan has been prepared.
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services This is a results-based loan. All procurement and consultant recruitment will be undertaken by the implementing agency in line with the country systems.
Procurement This is a results-based loan. All procurement and consultant recruitment will be undertaken by the implementing agency in line with the country systems. Training service providers will be recruited for imparting the vocational training. Procurement will include civil works (upgrading of community skills parks) and purchase of training equipment and teaching materials.
Responsible ADB Officer Shamit Chakravarti
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Human and Social Development Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Department of Higher Education, Gov't of KeralaGKUZHIVELI@GMAIL.COM3rd Floor, Secretariat Annex, Statue,
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
India
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Jun 2014
Fact Finding 09 Jun 2014 to 20 Jun 2014
MRM 08 Aug 2014
Approval 19 Nov 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 26 Feb 2015

Loan 3188-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Nov 2014 27 Nov 2014 11 Dec 2014 30 Jun 2019 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 147.00 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 100.00 19 Nov 2014 20.00 0.00 20%
Counterpart 47.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Nov 2014 20.00 0.00 20%

TA 8760-IND

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 Nov 2014 01 Dec 2014 01 Dec 2014 30 Apr 2017 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
0.00 1,500,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1,500,000.00 19 Nov 2014 113,550.00

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