ADB Grant To Help Close Labor Skill Gaps

ADB Grant To Help Close Labor Skill Gaps

July 14, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -3 July 12- 2013 (Ashad 28, 2070)

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $20 million grant to the Government of Nepal to give market-oriented skills training to thousands of aspiring young men and women who are unemployed or underemployed.

“Nepal critically needs higher and employment-centric economic growth, and the lack of skilled labor is a key constraint,” said Kenichi Yokoyama, Country Director of ADB’s Nepal resident mission.  “The project will focus on improving the training for young people in the construction, manufacturing, and services sectors where there are large skill gaps.”

According to Asian Development Bank, the grant, just approved by ADB’s Board of Directors, will help the Government of Nepal implement key aspects of its Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Policy, 2012 by improving the quality, relevance, and efficiency of the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutes.

With the grant, the Skills Development Project will provide basic level training and employment services to 45,000 people, at least 40% of whom will be women and 30% from excluded groups. Private sector training and employment service providers will be engaged through performance-based contracting to deliver the services.

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