Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training

Project Overview

Project Title Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training
Project Number 46535-001
Country Tajikistan
Overall Project Value(USD) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End April 14, 2016–September 30, 2021
Project Status Active

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(USD) 34.000.000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Not Assigned

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team
  • Zhang (Vice president)
  • Gerhaeusser, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD) (Director general)
  • Wilkinson, CWRD (Director)
  • A. Sumbal, CWRD (Team leader)
Beneficiary Ministry of Labour, Migration and Employment (formerly Ministry of Labor and Social Protection)

Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The TVET system in Tajikistan is largely supply-driven. Most course structure and content is outdated, resulting in a mismatch between graduate skills and labor market demand. Ineffective engagement of private sector partners in TVET, both employers and private trainers, is a key problem. Skills gaps to address climate change are also an issue. Most TVET institutions have obsolete and inadequate equipment, dilapidated school buildings, and poorly maintained dormitories. The condition of physical facilities and the lack of modern curricula reinforce the generally low social image of TVET, and contribute to the system’s inability to attract students.

The project will empower the country’s unemployed and underemployed youths and adults to take advantage of employment opportunities in the domestic and international labor markets through provision of quality training. A key feature of the project is the institutionalization of mechanisms for engaging the private sector in technical and vocational education and training at the policy and operational levels. The project objective is to facilitate the development of demand-driven, quality-assured and flexible TVET system in Tajikistan.

Project Objectives
  • to update courses structure and content in TVET system.
  • To modernize physical facilities.
  • To increase total enrolment and female enrolment in lyceums.
  • To build capacity, modernize technical and training skills, match skills to emerging market needs, and increase retention of qualified TVET teachers and masters.
  • To strengthen governance and management structure of primary TVET institutions.
  • To invest in key skills training in priority sectors (agriculture and food processing, construction, energy, tourism and services, transport and communication), in close collaboration with employers to match demand.
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, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development, Teaching and learning technologies (arrangements), Training of teachers / trainers
Occupational Field Agriculture and Food Processing, Construction and Geodesy, Tourism and Catering, Transport and Logistics
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, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

Modernizing of technical and vocational education and training system methodology

The project will develop competency standards and assessment tools aligned to an adapted European qualification framework. Competency-based training (CBT) curriculum and gender-sensitive learning materials will be developed. Guidelines and manuals will be prepared to promote future sustainability and development, and periodic upgrading of competency standards, qualifications, and curriculum. The project will strengthen the selected TVET institutions’ core programs to enable them to serve as resource centers for other TVET institutions in their respective sectors.


Physical learning facilities upgraded

The project will upgrade the physical learning and teaching facilities of the selected TVET institutions. The design of rehabilitation works takes into consideration teaching requirements, student needs, and environmental and social safeguards. The project will also support gender-appropriate dormitory upgrades, which will help increase female student access to formal TVET system.


Improving of access to quality programs

The project will develop an in-service TVET teacher training plan to provide teachers and masters with (i) a clear understanding of the CBT methodology, (ii) competencies in student-centered training delivery, and (iii) practical knowledge and skills in respective technology areas through industry internships. The project will develop and implement a market-responsive and inclusive training program (MRITP) to help the TVET system extend its reach to migrants, the disadvantaged and vulnerable, and respond to urgent skills needs of major investment projects.


Strengthening of governance and management

The project will support the (i) establishment and operation of industry advisory committees and working groups in the five priority sectors; (ii) training in modern TVET management; (iii) strengthening of the secretariat of the National Coordination Council for Vocational Education and Training; (iv) provision of equipment for the Scientific Research Institute on Labor, Migration and Employment under MOLME to support annual labor market assessments; (v) a social marketing program; (vi) development and implementation of the project monitoring and evaluation system; and (vii) designation of a resource center in each region to facilitate coordination and ensure efficient project implementation.

Project Results
  • Technical and vocational education and training system methodology modernized.
  • Physical learning facilities upgraded.
  • Access to quality programs improved.
  • Governance and management strengthened.

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