Papua New Guinea: Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment

Sovereign Project | 53083-001

As part of the reform (in 2020 the PNG National Parliament approved the Higher Education Reform Act 2020), post-secondary TVET colleges and their administrative functions have now been transferred from the National Department of Education (NDoE) across to the Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (DHERST). To effect the reforms Parliament has also passed the Higher Education (General Provisions) (Amended) Act 2020. Under these enabling legislations all IHETs, including Technical Colleges, are transferred from National Department of Education (NDoE), Agriculture and Livestock, Transport and National Fisheries across to DHERST with effect from 30th Day of May 2021.

The Project will support ten selected TVET Colleges. The TVET Colleges will participate in the implementation of the project activities related to their outputs, participate in the monitoring and reporting of project progress, and will benefit from the capacity support provided by DHERST.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Carandang, Ninebeth S.
    Pacific Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Papua New Guinea
  • Sector
    • Education
Project Name Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment
Project Number 53083-001
Country / Economy Papua New Guinea
Project Status Proposed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan: Improved Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Employment
Ordinary capital resources US$ 35.00 million
Concessional ordinary capital resources lending US$ 15.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Education / Technical and vocational education and training

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

As part of the reform (in 2020 the PNG National Parliament approved the Higher Education Reform Act 2020), post-secondary TVET colleges and their administrative functions have now been transferred from the National Department of Education (NDoE) across to the Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (DHERST). To effect the reforms Parliament has also passed the Higher Education (General Provisions) (Amended) Act 2020. Under these enabling legislations all IHETs, including Technical Colleges, are transferred from National Department of Education (NDoE), Agriculture and Livestock, Transport and National Fisheries across to DHERST with effect from 30th Day of May 2021.

The Project will support ten selected TVET Colleges. The TVET Colleges will participate in the implementation of the project activities related to their outputs, participate in the monitoring and reporting of project progress, and will benefit from the capacity support provided by DHERST.

The project aims to strengthen and build the capacity of selected TVET colleges to be competitive and demand-driven focused on construction trade and agriculture as a strategic entry point to modeling TVET Centers of Excellence that can later be emulated with other TVET colleges. The project is envisaged to increase employment opportunities for PNG nationals.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy The challenges of underperforming labor markets, persistent skill shortages, and lack of formal employment opportunities exist throughout the Pacific region, but nowhere else do disparities present themselves so starkly as in the context of PNG. Economic growth remains concentrated in a small portion of the economy, and opportunities for formal employment are scarce, with the majority of PNG's employed workforce being in the informal sector. The government's Development Strategic Plan 2010 2030 seeks to extend the benefits of economic growth to the country's most disadvantaged communities, emphasizing human workforce development as a key component of its strategy. In 2020, the Government of PNG approved the Higher Education Reform Act to improve the governance, management and operation of higher education institutions including TVET. The project will assist DHERST in implementing the reforms in TVET sector to address key challenges of preparing students to be competitive and respond to employment and industry demands
Impact

Unemployment rates for female and male youth (15- to 24-year-olds) reduced.

Gap between women's and men's employment narrowed

Outcome Selected TVET colleges to provide training relevant and responsive to labor market needs in priority sectors strengthened.
Outputs

Project-supported TVET colleges governance and management strengthened

Quality TVET teacher training and development provided

TVET Infrastructure/ equipment supporting priority programs and industry requirements developed

National level mechanisms for employment partnerships developed

Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
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 Carandang, Ninebeth S.
Responsible ADB Department Pacific Department
Responsible ADB Division PASP
Executing Agencies
Department of Treasury
6/F The Treasury Building, Lamana Road
P.O Box 542, Waigani Drive, NCD
Papua New Guinea
Timetable
Concept Clearance 19 Sep 2019
Fact Finding 14 Feb 2022 to 03 Mar 2022
MRM 19 Aug 2022
Approval -
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 20 Sep 2019

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