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

Sovereign (Public) Project | 47334-002 Status: Active

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.

Project Details

Project Officer
Gupta, Kanupriya South Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • India
Modality
  • Loan
  • Technical Assistance
Sector
  • Education
 
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 Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
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

The Kerala State Skill Development Project was launched by the Government of Kerala (GOK) in July 2012 to enhance the employability of the state's youth and create opportunities for productive employment. It has two sub-programs to tackle the supply-side problems. The first, the Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP), has been designed by the Departments of Higher Education and General Education, GOK to address the _preventive_ dimension of low employability. The second, the Additional Skill Enhancement Program, has been designed by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Local Self Government, GOK to address the _curative_ dimension by focusing on re-skilling the unemployed youths registered with employment exchanges. The Government of India and GOK have requested Asian Development Bank assistance for strengthening and scaling up ASAP since it aims to tackle the problem of low employability early on by integrating general and vocational education so that students become _market-ready_ even while being enrolled in school and college.

The impact will be increased employment of Kerala''s youth. The outcome is that the graduates of government and government-aided higher secondary schools and arts-science colleges are more employable.This will be achieved by the following outputs: (i) market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic education, (ii) access to quality vocational training enhanced, (iii) increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated, (iv) improved program management and monitoring and evaluation.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The proposed support for ASAP reflects the priorities of the India Country Partnership Strategy, 2013- 2017 which seeks to reinforce India's efforts towards inclusive growth and recognizes education (with focus on TVET) as a new sector in ADB's India operations. It is also closely aligned with the midterm review of Strategy 2020 which emphasizes the need for ADB to expand education sector lending from an average of 3% during 2008- 2012 to 6% -10% of annual approvals by focusing on post-basic education and TVET to promote human capital development, and facilitating public-private partnerships to leverage and improve results.
Impact Increased employment of Kerala's youth (aged 15 to 24 years)
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Increased employability of ASAP certificate holders
Progress Toward Outcome ASAPs core mandate is to prevent the problem of low employability by intervening early on, so that the students are more market ready in their advanced studies or other preparations and hence better employable by the time they enter the labor market. Employability is context specific and not easy to measure, an index comprising relevant attributes and competencies has been designed. The baseline figure for average employability index score on a scale of (0-100) was estimated to be 49. The first follow up study in November 2017 provided an average employability index score of 66 for ASAP students. This score is 35% higher than the baseline value indicating improved employability of ASAP students. The second follow up employability study was administered in 2018. The figures for average employability index for ASAP students is 68 which is 39% higher than the baseline value. The third employability study administered in 2019, the average EI for ASAP students was 69 which is 41% higher than the baseline value.
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic education

Access to quality vocational training enhanced

Increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated

Improved program management and M&E

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

Output 1: Market-relevant vocational training introduced in post-basic training

DLI2: Target for 2018 achieved in terms of numbers, and further quality being strengthened

- The number (cumulative) of industry-accredited vocational courses offered is 130.

- ASAP is currently imparting skills through 82 vocational skill courses corresponding to 82 job roles across 22 sectors. The quality of training materials, its responsiveness to the industry needs, and its alignment with national occupation standards (NOS)/NSQF are being reviewed on an ongoing basis.

- The rigorous Quality Framework has been further strengthened, to ensure enhanced response to the quality requirements, from a 360-degree quality assurance perspective.

- Courses are being selected based on recommendations from the respective Business Advisory Committees (BACs) to ensure industry / market relevance. 24 BACs, covering various trades are operational.

Output 2: Access to quality vocational training enhanced

DLI 3 (i): Target achieved for 2018

-Community Skills Parks are envisaged to be advanced multi-skilling training centers on par with international standards, which will offer advanced skills courses not only to youth but also to community members across 14 districts of the state. ASAP plans to establish 20 CSPs, of which 16 CSPs are under ADB program.

-The construction and operationalization of these CSPs are divided into 2 phases. Phase 1 includes 9 CSPs and Phase 2 includes 7 CSPs. For the first phase, out of 9 CSPs, 8 CSPs have been operationalized while the remaining 1 is expected to be operationalized in March 2020. Contract agreement with the operating partners have been signed for all the 9 CSPs. Program managers have been deployed at each of the 9 CSPs. A total of 954 students have been enrolled into different programmes. For the second phase, the locations for all the 7 CSPs have been identified where the construction will be done on pre-fab technology. The engineering designs of all the 7 CSPs have been finalized. Construction started at 4 locations, 3 are to be initiated in March 2020. Operating Partners have been identified for 3 CSPs while process in identification of Operating Partners through RFP for the remaining 4 CSPs. 3 CSP has been operationalized at transit campuses, 4 CSPs will be operationalized in March 2020.

DLI 3 (ii): Achieved ahead of time 121 skill development centres (SDCs) upgraded and operational (including 30 SDCs under ADB program)

- Vocational courses are provided in the 121 SDCs which are currently operational

- To meet the requirement of 1 SDC per legislative assembly constituency, an additional 30 SDCs have been identified and refurbishment work has been initiated. This shall bring the total number of SDCs to 151.

Output 3: Increased awareness and private sector participation facilitated.

DLI4: Target for 2019 achieved in terms of number

- The cumulative number of students enrolled under ASAP is 2,32,226. Out of this, 59% are females and 54% are BPL.

- 1,98,860 students have enrolled in foundation courses and 1,54,814 students have enrolled in vocational courses on a cumulative basis. 33,366 students have enrolled in the special short-term programs of Summer Skill Skool and SHE-SKILLS. On an average, females accounted for 59% of total enrolment and those from BPL made up 54% of total enrolment in vocational courses.

- 8,863 students have been enrolled in ASAP level 2 courses (Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning courses), during the year 2018-2019 there were 243 Enrolments and in 2019-2020 there are 8620 enrolments.

DLI 5: Target for 2018 achieved in terms of numbers, but ASAP shall continue strengthening the quality of Training Service Providers (TSPs) and engagement of Kerala-based TSPs.

- Presently, ASAP has empaneled 41 training service providers (32 private and 9 public) for imparting market-relevant skills targeted towards 82 job roles functional across 22 sectors

- Cumulatively, the number of training providers engaged under ASAP has increased from 42 TSPs (35 private and 7 public) in 2015 to 72 TSPs (57 private and 15 public) in 2019.

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 ADB Officer Gupta, Kanupriya
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division India Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala
[email protected]
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 19 Nov 2014
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 12 Mar 2020

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 30 Sep 2020 -
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 103.00 0.00 103%
Counterpart 47.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 Nov 2014 95.00 0.00 95%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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 18 Nov 2019 -
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 1,495,511.47
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - Satisfactory Satisfactory - - Satisfactory

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Title Document Type Document Date
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Health and Safety Plan in response to COVID-19 Pandemic Addendum to the Initial Environment Examination Initial Environmental Examination Jun 2020
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Environmental Monitoring Report (July-December 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Jan 2020
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Construction of Community Skill Parks at Fifteen Locations in Kerala Initial Environmental Examination (Addendum) Initial Environmental Examination Dec 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Environmental Monitoring Report (October 2016 – June 2017) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Environmental Monitoring Report (July – December 2017) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Environmental Monitoring Report (January – June 2018) Environmental Monitoring Reports Oct 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Construction of Community Skill Parks at Fifteen Locations in Kerala Initial Environmental Examination (Draft) Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program in Post-Basic Education: Construction of Community Skill Parks at Fifteen Locations in Kerala Initial Environmental Examination (Final) Initial Environmental Examination Oct 2019
Supporting Kerala's Additional Skill Acquisition Program: Program Safeguard Systems Assessment (Draft) Program Safeguard Systems Assessments Aug 2014

Evaluation Documents See also: Independent Evaluation

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Tenders

No tenders for this project were found.

Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI3(1) Loan 3188 09 Dec 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI3(1) Loan 3188 09 Dec 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI1(2019) Loan 3188 09 Dec 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 4,000,000.00 4,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI4(2019) Loan 3188 25 Jun 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI5(2019) Loan 3188 25 Jun 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI6(2019) Loan 3188 25 Jun 2019 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI1(2018) Loan 3188 04 Dec 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI4 Loan 3188 04 Dec 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 2,000,000.00 2,000,000.00
PCSS ISSUED FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI5 Loan 3188 04 Dec 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMNET OF DLI6 Loan 3188 04 Dec 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI3(I) Loan 3188 04 Dec 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 4,000,000.00 4,000,000.00
PCSS FOR THE RELEASE OF ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI-1(2017) Loan 3188 29 Jun 2018 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE FOR ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI (2), 2017 Loan 3188 06 Dec 2017 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE FOR ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI (4), 2017 Loan 3188 06 Dec 2017 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE FOR ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI (5), 2017 Loan 3188 06 Dec 2017 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE FOR ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI (6), 2017 Loan 3188 06 Dec 2017 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 1,000,000.00 1,000,000.00
PCSS FOR RELEASE FOR ACHIEVEMENT OF DLI 3(II) 2017 Loan 3188 06 Dec 2017 VARIOUS VARIOUS INDIA Department of Higher Education, Gov't of Kerala OTHERS 3,000,000.00 3,000,000.00
Capacity Development Technical Assistance 8760 30 Apr 2015 PriceWaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd., India #8-2-293/82/A/1131A, Road No. 36, Jubile derabad, India/Andhra Pradesh 500 034, In, 17th Flr, Bldg 10, Tower C, DLF Cyber City Department of Higher Education, Government of Kerala 1,385,022.00

Procurement Plan

None currently available.