Exchange Workshop for Employment Support Services (ESS)

Initial vocational education and training, Labour market insertion
On 19 January 2022, the Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS) project conducted the first Exchange Workshop for Component 2 of the project – Employment Support Services (ESS). Participants of the workshop were more than 60 people from all ESS partner organizations and their coaches from the five project provinces, plus national representatives from DTVET and the Department for Skills Development and Employment (DSDE) from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (MoLSW).

The workshop was chaired by Mr. Nouphan Outsa, Director General of the Department of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (DTVET), Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) and conducted at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Vientiane Capital and was the first such event where participants met physically again after many months of strictly online meetings because of Covid restrictions. Covid protection measures were put in place. Unfortunately, not all participants from the provinces could come to Vientiane and therefore joined the workshop online together with the ESS trainers from Switzerland and Albania. 

The objective of the workshop was to inform the project progress of the years 2020 and 2021, and the work plan for 2022. However, most importantly participants shared their experiences and challenges with their coaching work in their provinces and offered suggestions for adjustments to be made in future coaching cycles. The workshop was facilitated by the Manager and Coordinator of Component 2 with other project staff also providing contributions.

Initial vocational education and training
Vocational Training and Employment Support Services in Laos
The VTESS project aims at vocational training and labour market insertion or re-entering of schooling of the main project beneficiaries, who are people between 15 and 35 years of age, have completed primary and/ or lower secondary education only (early school leavers), and are subjected to income poverty. The main objective of the project is to improve the income and, ultimately, the livelihood of its beneficiaries.