Annually, an average of 15 training courses is supported with 300 – 400 participants. E.g., in 2015, the project was able to support 16 trainings at 10 IVET schools with 375 participants.
These Trainings bring teachers of the IVET Schools into remote villages to offer 5 – 10 days vocational skills trainings programs.
Villages are identified in close cooperation with the Provincial and District Education Authorities in line with the government’s Sam Sang policy, the rationale behind local development in Laos. The subject of the trainings is chosen (primarily) according to the needs of the villagers and the profile of the IVET schools.
The main purpose of the training is to offer skills to the participants enabling them to improve their livelihood and income generating possibilities.
Trainings do not lead to a formal qualification, yet all participants receive a certificate of participation at the end. It is also intended to motivate participants to continue their skills training at the IVET School, especially under the C1 and C2 scheme, which represent the lowest steps of the formal TVET system.
“Activities are selected from the Village Development Commettee and run usually from June throughout October. The analysis of past data showed a good feedback and possibilities of future development through higher investments.
The trainings offered are useful and valuable for the life of the villagers.” Mr Khanthong Inthachack, Project Manager for Skills Development and Liason Officer
The tracer study assessed not only the training courses but as well the economic situation of the participants and the demand for further trainings.
Results are positive: 89.4% of the participants rated the practical trainings very or even extremely useful, stating that they were applying the new knowledge in their former occupation or using the new skills to produce something for own use/consumption. Further trainings are requested from the 94% of the interviewed, both in the same profession, and in different skills. Financial and technical support to establish small businesses are requested as well.
An accurate analysis and evaluation of the tracer study will keep busy our staff during summer 2017, in the attempt to design and implement new courses and trainings that will respond best to the villagers' needs.