Vocational Education and Skills Development

Project Overview

Project Title Vocational Education and Skills Development
Project Number 38298-022
Country Kyrgyzstan
Overall Project Value(EUR) More than 4 000 000
Project Start – Project End January 29, 2007–April 30, 2013
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(EUR) 7,373,299
Implementing Organization / Consortium

Ministry of Labor and Social Protection
Osmonaliev Madyar Almasovich

Agency for Vocational Education
Mr. T. A. Cholponkulov, Director

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Responsible ADB Officer
Michiel Van der Auwera
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Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

While there is a growing need for skilled workers in the formal and informal labor market, graduates from vocational schools have difficulty finding jobs because they lack employable skills. By reforming the current primary vocational education (PVE) system to become demand-driven and efficient, the project assists the Kyrgyz government in complementing the transition of the education system from the Soviet model to a system that is responsive to the requirements of a market-based economy and consistent with the internationally accepted education standards.

Project Objectives

The Project assists the government in reforming the primary vocational education (PVE) system and increasing skill training opportunities for adults and out of school youth.

In order to address the mismatch in the labor market the project will assist the Government in:

(i) creating flexible mechanisms with active industry participation to regularly adapt training programs to new business circumstances,

(ii) preparing flexible graduates who are able to adjust to changing demands in the labor market quickly, and

(iii) consolidating the current primary vocational education (PVE) system.

A consolidated and modernized PVE system will improve utilization of facilities and ensure a more efficient deployment of staff. Reorganized PVE schools with efficient staff structures will be more flexible to respond to changing demands of labor market.

The project will promote an entrepreneurial approach to managing schools and program delivery in order to:

(i) increase income generation through marketing of short term skills training courses, selling of services and production of basic goods, and

(ii) provide an environment for students which will demonstrate the principles of entrepreneurship.

Education Sector VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Standards and curriculum development
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., Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers
Related Projects

Vocational Education and Skills Training Project


The Project has four components:

(i) consolidation of PVE system;

(ii) improving teaching and learning environments;

(iii) modernization of curriculum and assessment and development of learning materials, and

(iv) human resource development.

Project Results

Description of Outcome:
Enhanced equitable access to and improved quality and relevance of primary vocational education and short term skills training

Description of Project Outputs:
1. PVE system consolidated and modernized,

2. Teaching and learning envuironment in PVSs are rehabilitated and upgraded,

3. Curriculum and teaching and learning materials developed,

4. Human resource development plan implemented.

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