|Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Following delays encountered in recruitment of some of the other positions, the TA is continues to gain momentum, as outlined by output below.
Output 1: Institutional structures and capacities strengthened. The TA supports activities to build the institutional capacity of DTVE, DSITC, other key agencies, and participating training institutions to support pilot testing of CBMSCs, ensure that the pilot test feeds back into broader policy dialogue and reform processes, and provide a stronger base for expansion and replication of models demonstrated to be successful. Progress to date includes the TA's support to formulation of a conceptual framework for competency-based TVET, which has been adopted for inclusion in the draft NESP chapter for TVET. Related support to DTVE, DSITC, and NSSA on development of new TVET quality assurance approaches has also included development and approval of a new Myanmar national skill standard template that will be used for all new and revised skill standards.[[FOOTNOTE: TA support has been closely linked with German and Swiss support. Skill standards identify competencies needed for a trainee or worker to be certified at a specific level. A key challenge in Myanmar has been the lack of skill standards in most skills, while existing standards use inconsistent methodology, structure, and content.]] This represents a key milestone and foundation for TVET in Myanmar, since skill standards form the basis for competency-based curriculum, assessment and certification of trainees and workers, etc. Other examples include the TA's support to DTVE, DSITC, and participating TVET institutions (see output 2) to engage with local industry (particularly in industrial zones near Mandalay), including in the pinpointing skill needs.
Output 2: CBMSC program content developed and delivered. The TA is supporting the preparation and pilot testing of CBMSCs via two parallel pilot tests implemented by DTVE and DSITC: (i) the DTVE pilot test covers 3 government technical high schools (in Mandalay, Naypyitaw, and Yangon) and focuses on 4 CBMSCs covering skills related to building and construction; [[FOOTNOTE: The 4 DTVE CBMSCs will focus on (i) basic road construction; (ii) concrete forms; (iii) bar-bending (for concrete reinforcement); and (iv) bricklaying.]] and (ii) the DSITC pilot test covers 2 industrial training centers (in Mandalay and Pakokku) and focuses on 4 (originally 3) CBMSCs spanning skills related to welding and small rural-use machinery repair and maintenance.[[FOOTNOTE: The 4 DSITC CBMSCs will focus on (i) MIG-MAG welding; (ii) arc welding (TIG); (iii) maintenance and repair of farm machinery; and (iv) motorcycle repair.]] In later stages, the TA will also provide capacity building to support development of a broader array of CBMSCs for rollout after TA completion. In terms of progress to date, building on support under output 1 and based on the new Myanmar national skill standard template, output 2 has supported DTVE and DSITC in developing draft skill standards linked to all 8 CBMSCs to be piloted under the TA. These skill standards have been submitted to NSSA for review and potential approval as the new national skill standards for level 1 skills in these skill areas (e.g., MIG-MAG Welder Level 1 ). Based on these skill standards, the TA is supporting DTVE, and DSITC, and TVET institution faculty in developing curriculum for the 8 CBMSCs, aimed at graduates achieving level 1 or 2 skill certification. A series of preparatory TVET teacher training courses have been completed, including first aid, fire safety, competency-based training approaches, and curriculum and materials development. Teachers participating in the DTVE pilot also completed an industrial attachment, representing a grassroots innovation , since many TVET teachers in Myanmar lack any industry experience. Preparations are underway to procure equipment kits for the first batch of CBMSCs, which are expected to be launched in November. The first round of CBMSC trainees completed programs in arc welding at end March 2016, with machinery and motorcycle repair CBMSCs also launched in March. Additional rounds and courses will be launched right after the Thingyan holidays.
Output 3: Evidence disseminated and replication models prepared. Support under output 3 includes (i) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of both pilot tests; [[FOOTNOTE: This will include limited baseline and endline studies focused on local skill gaps faced by employers, and a small tracer study to assess trainees' ability to find employment.]]; (ii) development of knowledge products and support for multi-stakeholder dialogue and dissemination of findings and policy recommendations; and (iii) analytical and capacity development support to promote post-TA replication of CBMSC models. Output 3 TA has completed design and conduct of the M&E baseline survey, with other activities slated for late in the TA, to support replication. [[FOOTNOTE: This will provide the basis for the final impact evaluation of the pilot, using a difference-in-difference methodology.]]