The Skills for Competitiveness Project (S4C) was signed on 16 August 2019 and became effective on 25 September 2019. This USD 88.23 million project comprises of a loan from Asian Development Bank amounting to USD 60 million, a co-financing loan of USD19.92 million from Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and Government financing of USD 8.31 million. The project closing date will be 30 April 2025. S4C will focus on enhancing the skills and competitiveness of Cambodia’s industrial sector labor force, as per Cambodia’s Industrial Development Policy 2015–2025, which aims for a structural transformation of the economy, from low-skilled to a skill-based and technology and knowledge-based economy. In accordance with this policy, the project will develop human resources to work as skilled-workforce in four priority sectors, namely manufacturing, construction, electricity, and electronics. The project will help transform five selected technical training institutes (TTIs) into leading technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutes in Cambodia to produce high quality technicians in the priority sectors and to respond to changing technology and industry needs. The project will also strengthen the industry’s roles and engagement in skills development, focusing on upskilling and reskilling of the existing workers. Partnership agreements will be forged with industry and TTIs to promote work-based learning (WBL) programs and expand the pilot Skills Development Fund (SDF) as an innovative TVET financing mechanism. The three outputs of the project are as follows:
- quality and relevance of post-secondary TVET improved;
- WBL programs with industry partnerships promoted; and
- innovative TVET financing mechanisms expanded.
Description of services:
Specifically, the consultancy will achieve the following outputs:
- Inception Report to be submitted within 1 month after deployment;
- Report on review of the existing curricula of the TTIs, the assessment reports prepared by subject experts, JICA produced modules in electrical/electronic, to be submitted within 2 months after deployment;
- Mapping of the existing curricula with curricula of a reputed and internationally recognized academic institution in SE Asia with remedial measures and framework for upscaling to international standard also to be submitted within 2 months after deployment;
- Report on review and evaluation of existing and available STEM curricula including those from
- the ITC, to assess their suitability and relevance to the priority sectors to be submitted within 3 months after deployment;
- Rapid survey report of enterprises and industries within the catchment areas of the 5 TTIs with identification of CBT modules, which are responsive to existing and rapidly changing needs of the industries, per each of the four priority sectors to be developed and to be submitted within 4 months after deployment;
- Adopted/adapted/designed curricular framework, including STEM and appropriate foundation skills for the four priority sectors to be submitted 5 months after deployment;
- Selected CBT modules (2 in each semester and for each of the priority sectors) in the 3
- priority sectors, excluding electrical, to be developed occupations through training and CBT
- development workshops to be completed and to be submitted within 8 months after deployment;
- Training equipment for the 4 priority sectors to be submitted, along with the quantities, specifications and costing, within the allocated amounts in PAM, to be submitted within 8 months after deployment;
- Training materials including teaching and learning guides for the developed CBT modules within 10 months after deployment;
- Assessment tools for all the developed CBT modules to be submitted within 12 months after deployment;
- Work-based learning marketing strategy, TTI costs structures and competitive WBL training unit costs and costed proposals for enterprise or funding organizations, to be developed within 14 months after deployment;
- Workshop Management Handbooks for workshops related to REI developed CBT modules and Operations and Maintenance Manual within 18 months after deployment;
- Report on a rapid review, survey and analysis of trainer upgrading requirements including RIS, of the existing teachers in the 5 selected TTIs and submit recommendations for both pre-service and in-service training within 16 months after deployment;
- Criteria and selection process for RIS opportunities to be submitted within 16 months after deployment;
- Training program and training materials to conduct various training programs as stated in Section III within 18 months after deployment;
- Interim report including monitoring and evaluation report on the implemented CBT modules within 24 months of deployment;
- Tracer studies of graduates to be submitted within 6 months after the 1st cohort of student’s graduate using the newly developed CBT modules;
- Brief monthly progress reports to be submitted by 7th of every month;
- More detailed quarterly progress reports, including training, coaching and mentoring, to be submitted by 7th of January, 7th of April, 7th of July and 7th of October till end of the contract;
- Draft Final completion report to be submitted and national workshop to be held by the 35th month after deployment with participation from PMU, IAs, DSC, TWGs, NTB sub-committee members, selected members of SSCs, representatives of development partners and CAMFEBA, PIC and other important stakeholders; and
- Final completion report to be submitted, incorporating the feedback from the national workshop, by the 36th month after deployment.
Specific method and approaches:
- Conducting mix method for both qualitative and quantitative research. The qualitative is conducting 55 workshops with at least 2500 participants, 85 Key Informant Interview; the quantitative Survey is to conduct 1600 trainees, 850 Companies for Industrial Survey.
- Result of curriculum development will be in both English and Khmer.