Vocational Training and Employment Support Services in Laos

The VTESS project supports Inclusive Vocational Education and Training (IVET) by facilitating the school to work transition of underprivileged youths. The project facilitates training of general knowledge and skills relevant for the labour market and Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship (C4EE) in order to enhance the chances of these youths for productive employment (wage and self-employment) or for further education and training. 
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vientiane
17.9757058
102.6331035
Project duration
2019 - 2023
Financed by
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC

The project

The project pursues to achieve the overall goal of the project through the following outcomes and areas of work:


Outcome 1: Underprivileged youth benefit from IVET courses to enhance their employability or to re-enter the education system. 

  • Development of the legal basis for the Equivalency Programmes (EP) which allows achieving the Lower Secondary School Certificate back-to-back with vocational training.
  • Definition of the financing modality for Certificate 1/ 2/ 3 courses at IVET schools.
  • Revision and development of relevant courses, curricula and learning materials.
  • Capacity development of IVET teachers and other core staff.
  • Provision of C1/ 2/ 3/, EP and mobile training courses to the underprivileged youth.


Outcome 2: Underprivileged youth benefit from Coaching for Employment and Entrepreneurship (C4EE) to enhance their chances for wage or self-employment.

  • Adaptation of the C4EE concept, successfully introduced by Swisscontact in other countries, to the Lao PDR context.
  • Identification and capacity development of C4EE partners and their staff (coaches) to deliver C4EE.
  • Provision of C4EE to underprivileged youth.
  • Development of the concept and modality for seed money (start-up capital) to be awarded for good self-employment ideas (business plans) developed by underprivileged youth.
  • Provision of seed money for selected self-employment ideas.


Outcome 3: Stakeholders in the TVET system contribute to improved performance regarding access, delivery and quality of IVET training and Employment Support Services (ESS) through innovations on organisational, institutional and systems level.

  • Development of the concept and modality for the challenge Fund (CF) to finance  innovative projects that lead to improved access, delivery and quality of IVET training and ESS.
  • Dissemination of information about the CF, and orientation and capacity building of interested CF applicants to support the development of their project concepts and proposals.
  • Selection and financing of the projects qualifying for CF support.

Target areas: 
The project works in 5 selected provinces located in the north, center and the south of the country which are Oudomxay, Xiengkhuang, Xayaboury, Khammuane and Saravan. 

Key implementing governmental partners: 
Ministry of Education and Sports – MoES, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare – MoLSW.

Target groups:

  • Main: Young people (15-35 years of age) who have completed primary school only and are deprived socially and economically.
  • Wider: Teachers and other core staff from IVET schools, staff from other government related agencies such as job centres, youth and women unions, local NGOs and other private organisations and enterprises.

Project partner

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU)

Results

Main expected results: 
 

  • 3’000 underprivileged youth who graduated from  IVET courses of which a minimum of 30% have found employment.
  •  Capacity of at least 40 IVET teachers strengthened.
  • 1’250 underprivileged youth who have participated in C4EE and of which a minimum of 80% have found employment.
  • 50 trained coaches able to deliver C4EE.
  • At least 10 innovative projects contribute to improved performance regarding access, delivery and quality of IVET training and Employment Support Services.
  • Beneficiaries of the main target group: a minimum of 30% should be female and at least 50% should come from other than the main ethnic group.

News

Laos
Initial vocational education and training
04.10.2022
Singkham's Journey
Singkham Santivong is in charge of administration and organization at the Integrated Vocational Education Training (IVET) School, Oudomxay Province. 
Laos
Initial vocational education and training
19.09.2022
Learning from data to increase youth employment
The Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS) project in Laos aims at vocational training and labour market insertion and targets 3’000 young people who are jobless, having completed primary education only, and are subjected to income poverty. Swisscontact support supports these beneficiaries through the VTESS with training courses from 3 to 12 months and coaching in order they gain the required technical and soft skills to enhance their chances to successfully finding employment, self–employment, or their way back into the education system.   
Laos
Initial vocational education and training
15.09.2022
Bounthavy' Journey
Bounthavy Souliphan is the Deputy Head of Academic Affairs at Saravane Province's Integrated Vocational Education and Training (IVET) School. He is also it’s Project Coordinator for the Vocational Training and Employment Support Services (VTESS) project. Bounthavy is an enthusiastic supporter of the project and was involved throughout its planning stage where he provided valuable contributions.