Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth

Project Overview

Project Title Skills Strategies for Industrial Modernization and Inclusive Growth
Project Number 50025-001
Country Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(USD) 500 001 - 1 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 3, 2017–June 30, 2019
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(USD) 900.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Not Assigned

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Zhang, Operations 1 (Vice-President)
  • O’Sullivan, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) (Director general)
  • Hiraoka, Social Sector Division, CWRD (Director)
  • C. Martinez, Education Specialist, CWRD (Team leader)
Beneficiary Ministry of Labor

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Uzbekistan’s skills development system faces several challenges and is not well placed to support the government’s economic modernization agenda. Employers in the country report that inadequate workforce skills pose a significant obstacle to firm growth. Industrial enterprises were very likely to experience difficulties in finding workers with the right skills, with nearly half reporting a lack of qualified specialists with a higher education degree. Other evidence shows a mismatch between the number of graduates and the number of jobs created in different fields of study.

The project’s objective is to address skills needs in micro and small enterprises.

Project Objectives
  • To create a well-functioning labor markets to absorb economically active and growing population.
  • To expand the middle class, promote shared prosperity, and eliminate poverty through the creation of quality jobs for citizens.
  • To strengthen the labor market information system.
  • To address skills needs in micro and small enterprises.
  • To decrease women unemployment rate.
  • To provide further investments in education and skills.
  • To ensure inclusive socioeconomic development.
Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Career planning, Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, 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, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

Not Assigned

  • Developing and pilot testing of a survey to determine current and expected employer demand for skills in Navoi region, Angren district of Tashkent region, and Andijan region.
  • Designing and establishing of a pilot skills monitoring system, including gender-disaggregated components, to monitor the changing demands for skills, identify changes in industry skills needs, and provide information for TVET providers to adjust program offering to meet emerging skill demand.
  • Assessing of the TVET sector in Uzbekistan, including the identification of key challenges facing the sector, strengths and weaknesses of the existing framework, and possible reforms to the regulatory and funding framework that would help to improve the efficiency, quality, and relevance of the skills development system.
  • Identifying and assessing possible program design options to improve the operation of the TVET system, including revisions to curricula and programs, qualification frameworks and skills certification, labor market information system, capacity-building measures, mechanisms to increase linkages between the TVET system and enterprises, investment requirements, and the introduction of innovative models for financing and delivering TV.
Project Results
  • Skills developed and decent jobs for disadvantaged groups created.
  • Skills demand and supply identified and analysed in three geographic areas (Navoi region, Angren district of Tashkent region, Andijan region).
  • Skills monitoring system to address emerging jobs designed and pilot program established.
  • Possible reform and program design options to improve the skills development system identified and assessed.

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