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

Sovereign Project | 47334-002 Status: Active

Summary

ADB is helping the Indian state of Kerala provide students of higher secondary schools and arts-science colleges with skills that will improve their chances of getting a job after graduation. The program will provide the state’s youth with opportunities to improve their English fluency and information technology skills, and learn market-relevant, in-demand vocational skills outside regular hours.

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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 Active
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
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy
Impact

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome ASAP hosted a national workshop titled, SEEK or Skill Enterprise Engagement for Empowering Kerala, on 16 17 December 2015. Representatives from 31 industries, 85 TSPs, 23 SSCs, and 24 Kerala-based Business Advisory Committees (BAC) participated. Senior officers from the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, NSDA, NSDC, and Skill Development Missions of some states (Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh) also attended. Strong interest was shown by industry bodies to partner with ASAP in running some CSPs. The SEEK summit has enhanced the visibility of ASAP across India, and in marketing Kerala as a hub for skill workers .
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)

Market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic education - Over achieved. ASAP is currently offering training in 86 job roles covering 20 sectors. This exceeds the DLI target of 50 in 2016. However, the challenge is that in several cases, the quality of course material used by the private training service providers (TSPs) is not up to the mark. Support is being provided by the PwC team to improve the course curriculum and pedagogical techniques. For example, for 4 job roles Data Entry Operator, Field Technician- Computing and Peripherals, Machinist, and CNC Operator - the training manuals and instructional material have been improved in consultation with industry representatives, training providers, and trainees. A similar exercise is now being conducted for 2 more job roles smart phone repair technician and technician for UPS/inverter repair.

Access to quality vocational training enhanced - Owing to the detailed design work, plus the technical and other clearances required from the Steering Committee and the state Public Works Department, tendering of the 15 CSPs has been delayed. The timeline for making them operational is from middle of 2016 to middle of 2017. As of 31 Dec. 2015, the ASAP secretariat has already established 110 SDCs covering all the legislative constituencies across the 14 districts of Kerala. This includes the 30 SDCs that are part of the ADB loan as well as the remaining 80 which have been funded by Government of Kerala.

Increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated - Of the 105,900 students enrolled in ASAP, 57,545 (54%) were female and 55% came from disadvantaged families. MOUs signed with 848 higher secondary schools and 106 colleges. Foundation training has been initiated in 50% institutions. Vocational training initiated in March 2015 after their annual examinations.

Improved program management and M&E - Experienced program management staff engaged. ASAP MIS for monitoring implementation and achievement of gender and social inclusion targets already operational. At least 1,818 skill development executives (SDEs) have been empanelled. Of these, two-thirds are women.

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 Staff

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, Government of Kerala
GKUZHIVELI@GMAIL.COM
3rd 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 -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 29 Mar 2016

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 40.00 0.00 40%
Counterpart 47.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Nov 2014 40.00 0.00 40%

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 292,549.47

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