Sri Lanka: Technical Education Development

Sovereign Project | 35197-013 Status: Closed

Summary

The Project?s impact will be the development of more mid-level and highly skilled human resources who will contribute to economic growth and social development. The Project supports the Government?s poverty reduction strategy and economic goals by improving the country?s skill-based competitiveness. The Project?s envisioned outcome is improved access and strengthened capacity of the TEVT system in technical and technological education to meet labor market needs.

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Project Name Technical Education Development
Project Number 35197-013
Country Sri Lanka
Project Status Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 2197-SRI: Technical Education Development
Asian Development Fund US$ 20.00 million
Strategic Agendas Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Sector / Subsector

Education - Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The Project?s impact will be the development of more mid-level and highly skilled human resources who will contribute to economic growth and social development. The Project supports the Government?s poverty reduction strategy and economic goals by improving the country?s skill-based competitiveness. The Project?s envisioned outcome is improved access and strengthened capacity of the TEVT system in technical and technological education to meet labor market needs.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government is addressing unemployment and the changing labor market through a combination of short- and medium-term strategies. In the short-term, the Government is exploring the possibility of expanding local and foreign employment in the skilled and semi-skilled job categories while, over the medium-term, the Government accords high priority to manufacturing-based growth with increased foreign investments. This strategy requires the availability of highly trained labor, including technicians and technologists, which are presently in short supply.

The Sri Lankan labor market is facing a supply-demand gap for skilled labor at the technologist and technician level. Locally, the supply of technicians and mid-level professionals is already falling short of demand while, in the foreign labor market, Sri Lanka has been continuously unable to fill a significant portion of job orders for middle-level and skilled worker categories.

Despite the large supply-demand gap, unemployment, especially for the educated youth, is a serious concern in Sri Lanka. The large number of school-leavers lack employment-related skills necessary to obtain employment in available jobs or engage in self-employment. These unemployed youths could be productively employed in industry if they are trained in relevant technical and vocational skills.

The Project supports Sri Lanka's development strategy and is included in ADB's Country Strategy and Program. The Project supports the Government?s poverty reduction strategy and economic goals by improving the country?s skill-based competitiveness.

Impact To develop more mid-level and highly skilled human resources to contribute to economic growth and social development.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome Improved access and strengthened capacity of the TEVT system in technical and technological education to address labor market needs.
Progress Toward Outcome

12 technician diploma programs in different subject areas were developed for NVQ levels 5 & 6 and are being implemented in the Colleges of Technology. Foundation courses for above diploma programs were implemented and practiced. 12 competency standards are developed and validated.

In UNIVOTEC six degree programmes in different subject areas are being conducted. The first batch of UNIVOTEC graduates in B.Ed. Tec passed out in 2011. Two batches were taken for B. Tec and B. Ed. Tec degree programmes for 2010/ 2011.

Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Capacity of selected public sector technical education and vocational training (TEVT) institutions strengthened to offer technician diploma programs

Capacity of selected public sector technical education and vocational training (TEVT) institutions strengthened to offer technician diploma programs (cont.)

Ministry of Vocational and Technical Training (MVTT) and relevant insitutions under its purview strengthened to support a market-responsive TEVT system

MVTT and relevant insitutions under its purview strengthened to support a market-responsive TEVT system (cont.)

University focusing in technical education and technology established and operating

University focusing in technical education and technology established and operating (cont.)

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

The subcommittee appointed by the Project Steering Committee (PSC) has prepared a recommendation regarding the proposed structure of CoTs and procedures have been developed.

All the activities completed

Composition of the Advisory Council for each CoT was approved by the Project Steering Committee in April 2006. Advisory Councils in 8 CoTs have been established and have met.

Workshops were conducted and CoTs staff were trained to prepare strategic management plans and strategic management plan was prepared for each CoT.

The staff development plan has been prepared and approved by the ADB.

Competency standards and curricula outline for 11 diploma programs were prepared and validated.

7 Sector Councils were established.

All the activities completed

All the activities completed

The manual is prepared.

Foundation courses are implemented.

Three technician programs, supported by JICA in CoT-Maradana have been implemented in 2007 and 8 diplomas were implemented.

All the activities completed.

Guidelines for operation and maintenance plans are developed.

All the activities completed.

All the activities completed.

The staff development plan has been prepared and further refined with advice from the project consultants. Selection of trainers for CoTs staff and the Univotec will be done.

All the activities completed

All the activities completed

OBB concept paper and framework was developed.

EMIS framework was developed and TOR is prepared. The bidding document is prepared

Research studies are done.

Competency standards and curricula were developed.

30 skills standards were developed, validated and endorsed.

Standards have been prepared for 11 areas and validated and 3 were endorsed

Review procedures started.

Procedures for accreditation and QMS are developed.

Established.

Auditors are identified.

The Univotec Act was approved by the Parliamnet in June 2008. Two consultants were appointed by the Ministry to oversee the drafing of the proposed Univotec's bylaws and is complete.

Prepared

3-year course program has been developed by NITESL.

Curricula outlines and modules are developed.

completed.

Contracts were awarded.

Geographical Location Anuradhapura, Badulla, Kandy, Kurunegala, Maradana, and Rathnapura

Safeguard Categories

Environment C
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples B

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 selection and engagement of all project-financed consulting services will be in accordance with quality- and cost-based selection using ADB's Guidelines on the Use of Consultants and other arrangements satisfactory to ADB for the engagement of domestic consultants. A team of consultants to provide services in a range of specializations with estimated international inputs of 114 person-months and domestic inputs of 210 person-months is planned. These services will be provided by a consulting firm and will be selected according to ADB guidelines.
Procurement Procurement of ADB-fianced good, related services and civil works will be undertaken in accordance with ADB's Guidelines for Procurement reflecting ADB's anticorruption policy and mandatory use of ADB's standard bidding documents.

Responsible Staff

Responsible ADB Officer Nelun Gunasekera
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Sri Lanka Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Skills Dev't, Voc'l, & Tech'l Educatn
Skills Development Secretariat
354/2 Alvitigala Mawatha
Colombo 5, Sri Lanka

Timetable

Concept Clearance 08 Mar 2005
Fact Finding 04 May 2005 to 20 May 2005
MRM 12 Jul 2005
Approval 21 Nov 2005
Last Review Mission -
PDS Creation Date 20 Feb 2006
Last PDS Update 27 Jan 2012

Loan 2197-SRI

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
21 Nov 2005 19 Jan 2006 19 Apr 2006 31 Aug 2011 - 16 Oct 2012
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 26.70 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 20.00 21 Nov 2005 19.94 0.00 99%
Counterpart 6.70 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 21 Nov 2005 20.14 0.00 100%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory
Title Document Type Document Date
Technical Education Development Project Project/Program Completion Reports Nov 2012
Technical Education Development Project Project/Program Administration Manual Dec 2006
Loan Agreement for Technical Education Development Project between Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and ADB Loan Agreement (Special Operations) Jan 2006
Technical Education Development Project Reports and Recommendations of the President Oct 2005

Safeguard Documents See also: Safeguards

Safeguard documents provided at the time of project/facility approval may also be found in the list of linked documents provided with the Report and Recommendation of the President.

Title Document Type Document Date
Technical Education Development Project Indigenous Peoples Planning Frameworks/Indigenous Peoples Development Frameworks May 2005

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

Title Document Type Document Date
Sri Lanka: Technical Education Development Project Validations of Project Completion Reports Dec 2014

Related Publications

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