The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) has one of the fastest rates of urbanization in Asia. To boost economic development and attract foreign investments, a smart and able workforce is essential.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB), with the support of the Australian Government through the ASEAN Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund (AASCTF), is working with the city of Kaysone to develop e-learning and digital tools that will equip future graduates with the practical skills required by the labor market.

Academic institutions can also upgrade their training programs, while the private sector will be able to recruit the right employees.

Through these digital solutions, companies can reduce the time allotted for orienting new hires, leading to business efficiency and economic benefits for the city.

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Digital Tools Help Students Reach the Labor Market in Lao PDR

Lao PDR is currently experiencing one of the fastest rates of urbanization and industrialization in Asia. With a strategy of economic diversification, the government is promoting foreign investments to expand industries and the logistics sector.

And with the Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone in Kaysone, an important urban development center in Lao PDR, national and international companies have an increasing demand for a skilled workforce.

With the support of the ADB and the ASEAN Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund, Kaysone will develop a smart learning platform that includes digital tools for job-matching and e-learning modules, such as gamification.

Sitha Khemmarath, Associate Professor and Vice-President, Savannakhet University (SKU):

Using e-learning, SKU wants to upgrade the skills of students, especially their practical skills so that they are ready and equipped with the skills required by the labor market. We know that the students lack practical skills. This project will help develop on-boarding tools for students.

There are various ways gamification of e-learning can assist the process of engaging potential and new employees. This new approach can give graduates and jobseekers a virtual tour of the office environment, or teach meeting culture, industrial working environment, risk management, etc.

The project intends to develop a simple and user-friendly web-based platform to gain more support and collaboration from private companies and attract young job seekers and graduates.

Phanomkone Daralasmy, Vice-Director, Savan-Seno Special Economic Zone (SSEZ):

Instead of companies having to spend a significant amount of time to train employees on getting to know the work and to adapt, they can be well prepared before they begin working. This cuts down the process. If this project is implemented, using digital tools can eliminate the time allotted for orienting new employees. 

The university and TVET institutions can update their training program and courses to meet the labor market demands. This way, companies will be able to recruit the right employees with the skills needed.

Palita, Student, Savannakhet University (SKU):

I think this project will make looking for a job easier, helping us become more prepared and more confident in ourselves.

Pheutsaphar, Student, Savannakhet University (SKU):

The project will help us get prepared for employment, to know and understand what job requirements are.

The use of digital platforms and e-learning fits well with the ASEAN Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund’s approach to support our client cities to enhance their planning systems, service delivery, and financial management.