Technical and Vocational Education Modernization (TVEM)

Project Overview

Project Title Technical and Vocational Education Modernization (TVEM)
Project Number P102177
Country Kazakhstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End July 8, 2010–December 31, 2015
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding World Bank
Project Budget(EUR) 29,230,000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Elena Karaban, Email:

Tel : (202) 473-9277


Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The development objective of the Technical and Vocational Education Modernization Project for Kazakhstan is to raise the relevance, quality, and efficiency of technical and vocational education (TVE) through an improved policy framework and institutional capacity. There are three components to the project. The first component is developing standards and quality assurance for TVE. The second component is strengthen governance, management, and financing for TVE. The third component is strengthening skills delivery capacity of TVE institutions.

Project Objectives

The project is expected to bring long-term benefits through the improved employability of graduates as the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education (further as TVE) improve, and the supply of specialists demanded in the labor market increases.

The project will raise the rate of returns to TVE as the skills and competencies of the graduates of the “new” TVE system are significantly enhanced and match the requirements of the dynamic labor market; and contribute to increased workforce productivity and competitiveness.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, 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, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Support to Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the Republic of Kazakhstan


The Technical and Vocational Education Restructuring Program seeks to rebuild and to improve efficiency of the current TVE system by transforming it from a supply-driven system into a system that has the capacity to offer programs that are responsive to the learning and skills development needs of students and business in a cost effective manner.

The proposed project consists of two main components:
Component 1: Improve quality and relevance of TVE by reforming the structure and program of studies of TVE at the secondary and post-secondary level.
Component 2: Improve system efficiency and accountability through reform of governance and financing.

Project Results

Project implementation is at the final stage to complete the planned technical assistance and the implementation of the two rounds of the grants.

The first component has been wrapped up with continued progress in obtaining government approval of the occupational standards developed. The near completion of this component enabled the project to put in place a qualification and quality assurance system consisting the new standards of 147 occupations, an adopted National Qualifications Framework and enhanced institutional accreditation procedures and instruments.

The technical assistance under the component 2 for modernizing the governance and financing has produced the outputs to enhance governance arrangements at national, regional and institutional levels. The pilot of per student financing is underway in one select region and is expected to generate findings and recommendations on a plan for system wide scale up.

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