Skills for Inclusive Growth. Sector Development Program

Project Overview

Project Title Skills for Inclusive Growth. Sector Development Program
Project Number 50024-002
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(USD) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End December 26, 2017–May 31, 2023
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(USD) 33.600.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium


Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Jouko Sarvi, Team Leader, Central and West Asia Department (ADB)

Beneficiary Ministry of Education and Science on behalf of Government of Kyrgyz Republic

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The program is aligned with the following impact: government strategies to achieve inclusive growth through improved workforce skills and productivity in the country’s key economic sectors, specifically the National Sustainable Development Strategy, 2013 2017; Education Development Strategy, 2012 2020; and the new Regional Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic 2018 2022. The program will have the following outcome: an established market-responsive, entrepreneurial, and inclusive TVET system.

Project Objectives
  • To help Ministry of Education and Science to develop an enabling policy environment for comprehensive TVET reform.
  • To finance the cost of and implement the reforms.
  • To provide more extensive support to secondary TVET.
  • To foster closer collaboration between TVET and employers.
  • To introduce entrepreneurship education.
Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
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, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Skilling and Entrepreneurship for Inclusive Growth Sector Development Program, number of project 50024-001


The proposed new program will help the government take key reform steps to create a more coherent TVET policy and system, which is necessary to improve the quality, relevance, and efficiency of skills development corresponding with the country’s national and regional economic priorities.

ADB will also support the restructuring of the TVET system, including the potential merger of primary and secondary TVET into a system that can respond more effectively to labor market priorities and provide effective skills pathways for students. To achieve this, pilots of innovative centers of excellence (COEs) will be supported to:

  • link skills training with regional priorities in the country;
  • align curricula and create student pathways between primary and secondary TVET;
  • ensure close collaboration with industry;
  • provide entrepreneurship development modules to help students pursue self-employment, and help leaders of TVET institutes adopt entrepreneurial activities that can increase institutional revenues.

Additionally, the project includes 26 policy actions that will include:

  • studies to help guide the alignment of skills development to regional labor market needs;
  • piloting the recognition of prior learning in skills programs;
  • technical support to ensure seamless integration of TVET in the education management information system;
  • tracer studies of graduates to track employment outcomes;
  • the establishment of up to five COEs and provide capacity development to help them offer training for a total of 4,000 students in occupations that reflect regional labor market priorities;
  • reform of TVET standards and curricula, and materials for teachers;
  • preparation of a training program for new and existing TVET teachers, which will train 1,000 primary TVET and 2,000 secondary TVET teachers;
  • promotion of TVET–industry partnerships;
  • the introduction of entrepreneurship education in secondary TVET, and its piloting in COEs.
Project Results
  • TVET governance and finance strengthened.
  • Teaching quality and learning environments improved.
  • Cooperation with industry increased and entrepreneurship skills developed.

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