Sri Lanka: Technical Education Development Project

Evaluation Document | 29 December 2014

In its effort to respond to the changing labor market, the Government of Sri Lanka needed highly trained labor, such as technicians and mid-level professionals. However, despite the huge supply–demand gap, unemployment, particularly among educated youth, was high. The technical education and vocational training (TEVT) was underdeveloped. TEVT  could not produce enough qualified, skilled workers for either the domestic or foreign job markets. 

The Technical Education Development Project was the fourth project in Sri Lanka in TEVT subsector funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) since 1983. The project’s goal was to strengthen the institutional capacities of six technical colleges in six of the nine provinces, a teacher training institution, and relevant government ministries, thereby enabling
TEVT to meet labor market demand for higher-level technicians and technologists. In parallel, development partners were supporting three technical colleges in the remaining three provinces.

This report validates the completion report’s assessment of the project. IED overall assessment: Less than successful.