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Pakistan: Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab

Sovereign (Public) Project | 52069-002 Status: Active

The IWRPP adds value by strengthening the TVET sector's ability to support economic growth and job creation in priority sectors and clusters, including export-oriented ones. It will expand existing programs and reforms, such as competency-based training and assessment (CBTA), centers of excellence (COEs) and sector skills councils, and work-based training. It will strengthen industry-TVET linkages, increase female participation in TVET, and expand entrepreneurship programs for TVET graduates. It will introduce private management of public TVET institutes. It will contribute directly to three operational priorities under ADB's Strategy 2030: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality, and (iii) strengthening governance and institutional capacity. The project is aligned with the following impact: increased access to quality employment for workers in Punjab (PSDSP 2018).

Project Details

Project Officer
Tajima, Eisuke Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Sector
  • Education
 
Project Name Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab
Project Number 52069-002
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9730-PAK: Improving Workforce Readiness in Punjab
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 800,000.00
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 IWRPP adds value by strengthening the TVET sector's ability to support economic growth and job creation in priority sectors and clusters, including export-oriented ones. It will expand existing programs and reforms, such as competency-based training and assessment (CBTA), centers of excellence (COEs) and sector skills councils, and work-based training. It will strengthen industry-TVET linkages, increase female participation in TVET, and expand entrepreneurship programs for TVET graduates. It will introduce private management of public TVET institutes. It will contribute directly to three operational priorities under ADB's Strategy 2030: (i) addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, (ii) accelerating progress in gender equality, and (iii) strengthening governance and institutional capacity. The project is aligned with the following impact: increased access to quality employment for workers in Punjab (PSDSP 2018).
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The Government of Pakistan (the Government) has set itself an ambitious target of creating 10 million jobs over five years, with a special focus on skill-building through technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in its first term. Achieving this target will require much better performance from the TVET sector. The scale of improvement required can be seen from the Global Competitiveness Report 2018, which showed that Pakistan ranked 125th overall for skills with individual rankings of 90th for the quality of vocational training, 51st for the skillset of graduates, and 63rd for ease of finding skilled employees.

Since the passage of the 18th Constitutional Amendment in 2010, provincial governments in Pakistan are responsible for delivering, funding and regulating TVET. In Punjab, the Industries, Commerce and Investment Department (ICID) has overall responsibility for the TVET sector, although many departments and agencies are involved in the sector. There are two principal public TVET providers in Punjab: the Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) has some 400 institutes, while the Punjab Vocational Training Council (PVTC) has some 270 institutes. TEVTA and PVTC are government funded. TEVTA is financed through ICID, while PVTC is funded through the Zakat and Ushr Department and the Planning and Development Department. Other TVET institutes include public providers operated by other governments departments and agencies, and a large private sector. TEVTA and PVTC also operate TVET teacher training centers. The structure of the TVET sector in Punjab is set out in Appendix 4.

The size of the TVET sector in Punjab dwarfs that in other provinces. In 2017, there were some 1,600 TVET institutes and 238,000 TVET enrolments in Punjab, representing 46.0% of all TVET institutes and 56.8% of all TVET enrolments in Pakistan. By comparison, Sindh had only 17.0% of TVET institutes and 18.1% of TVET enrolments in Pakistan in 2017. The labor market in Punjab is characterized by low levels of skills, low female participation and a large informal sector. Women's labor force participation is around one-third that of men. There is substantial occupational segregation, with females more likely to work in traditional jobs such as dressmakers and beauticians. Over 60% of the Pakistan population is under 25 and youth have low levels of education and little exposure to TVET. The unemployment rate for youth is high. The TVET sector's challenges limit its ability to support competitiveness and inclusive economic growth through the supply of skilled workers.

Impact
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Tajima, Eisuke
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division CWSS
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding -
MRM -
Approval 17 Apr 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 06 May 2019

TA 9730-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
17 Apr 2019 28 May 2019 28 May 2019 30 Apr 2021 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
800,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 800,000.00 17 Apr 2019 706,136.96

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
National Project Support Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 23 Jan 2020 29 Jan 2020
National TVET equipment specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 12 Jun 2019 18 Jun 2019
National Education facilities specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 Jun 2019 17 Jun 2019
National Labor market specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 May 2019 25 May 2019
2 National TVET specialists Individual - Consulting Closed 21 May 2019 25 May 2019
International TVET management and institutional specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2019 24 May 2019
International TVET equipment specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 18 May 2019 24 May 2019
National Public-private partnership specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 11 May 2019 17 May 2019
National Environmental safeguards specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
National Resettlement specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
International Public-private partnership specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
International Costing Specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
International TVET private sector engagement specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
International Public financial management specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
National Gender and social safeguards specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 21 Apr 2019 27 Apr 2019
National Monitoring and evaluation and project startup specialist Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019
International Economist and technical coordinator Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019
National Procurement Consultant Individual - Consulting Closed 20 Apr 2019 26 Apr 2019

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