The National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2016-2020) issued by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) calls for improvement of labour force capacity and increasing the number of qualified technicians. The goals is to increase the country's involvement in regional integration and to raise competitiveness through an increased supply of skilled labour.
The new programme supports the national policy and pursues the overall goal of improved growth opportunities for the economy by helping to increase the supply of skilled workers. Due to increased employability and advanced skills, graduates can generate higher incomes - thereby reducing poverty.
Vocational education is becoming increasingly important in Laos due to strong economic growth in the past years, resulting in a higher demand for highly-skilled workers. The entrance of Laos in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 and the upcoming challenge of increased regional integration for local enterprises further underlines the need for skilled labour.
The implementation of this administratively and logistically demanding project will execute two programme components:
Construction and rehabilitation measures
TVET Schools in Bolikhamsay and Bokeo This component concentrates on the modernisation and expansion of the two schools, including procurement of equipment and training of school management and teachers on proper use and maintenance.
Vocational Education Development Institute (VEDI)
This component is to improve the physical infrastructure of VEDI by rehabilitation and extension of buildings as well as improved equipment of workshops and training facilities and the construction of an additional dormitory. Furthermore, advanced training for teachers shall be supported by providing stipends for teachers and guest lecturers at VEDI.
2016 - 2018
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