KZ Skills and Jobs Project

Project Overview

Project Title KZ Skills and Jobs Project
Project Number P150183
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(USD) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End March 30, 2015–June 30, 2020
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding World Bank
Project Budget(USD) 137.000.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Not Assigned

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Keiko Inoue (Team Leader),,
  • Mohamed Ihsan Ajwad (Team Leader),,
  • Mario Cristian Aedo Inostroza (Practice Manager/Manager),
  • Claudia Maria Costin (Senior Global Practice Director),
  • Saroj Kumar Jha (Country Director),
  • Laura Tuck (Regional Vice President).
Beneficiary Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development (MHSD) on behalf of the Government of Kazakhstan

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The project will contribute to the higher level, national goal of diversifying the economy and increasing the productivity and earning capacity of the working age population. The total duration of the project is five years, and a phased-in approach is built into the project design to allow activities that are ready to proceed with implementation.

The project will contribute to addressing the need for improved quality and relevance of pre-employment training provision as well as expand access to improved skills development programs (training, retraining and upgrading qualifications) for the low skilled.

Establishing the building blocks of national qualification system that is well aligned with labor market demand is expected to improve quality assurance and relevance of pre-employment vocational and technical education and in-service training.

Improved labor market services will also produce economic benefits such as better job matching and reduced unemployment spells.

Increased access to relevant training for the working age population is expected to yield economic benefits to the individuals taking the training, to firms employing these individuals, as well as to society overall.

According to the above mentioned, the general project development objectives are to improve employment outcomes and skills of target beneficiaries and to improve the relevance of technical and vocational education and training and higher education programs.

Project Objectives
  • To improve employment outcomes and skills of target beneficiaries.
  • To improve the relevance of technical and vocational education and training and higher education programs.
Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements)
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Employers and employer organisations, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

Not Assigned


Component 1: Building the foundation of a National Qualification System

The purpose of this component is to enhance the institutional capacity for improving the relevance of TVET, higher education, and in-service training. This will be achieved by establishing the key building blocks of a national qualifications system that is well aligned with labor market demands. Those key building blocks are: (i) Occupational Standards, (ii) Educational Standards and Curricula, and (iii) Qualification Assessment and Certification.


Component 2: Enhancing Skills for Improved Employment Outcomes and Productivity

The purpose of this component is to provide relevant workforce training to unemployed persons, unproductively self-employed persons, and current employees in need of training, all identified and selected in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Project Operations Manual (POM). The Component 2 is consisted of following sub-components: (i) Improvement of public employment services for unemployed and unproductively self-employed people, (ii) Improvement of the relevance of workforce training, and (iii) Establishment and implementation of a skills enhancement training program.


Component 3: Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation

This component will support project management, monitoring and evaluation activities, and financing of operating costs. A Project Management Unit (PMU) will be financed within the MHSD to manage the day-to-day implementation of the project. The project will finance expenses related to the sufficient implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the project, including goods, consultants’ services, training, and operating costs. This component will also ensure that the activities outlined in Component 2 benefit the hard-to-reach and vulnerable population, that stakeholder feedback is regularly gathered and integrated into the design, and that good practice and lessons learned are widely shared. In particular, the component will support the development and implementation of: (i) an Information and Communication Campaign, (ii) a Feedback and Resolution Mechanism, and (iii) an Awards of Excellence Program

Project Results
  • TVET and HE programs modernized.
  • Unemployed and female unemployed beneficiaries employed six months after completion of training.
  • Unproductively self-employed and female unproductively self-employed beneficiaries’ earning increased one year after completion of training.
  • Firms’ satisfaction with the training financed by the project achieved.

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