World Bank appreciate the progress made on Priority Skills for Growth implementation

World Bank delegation appreciated the current progress made in Priority Skills for Growth implementation
During their follow up visit in the country on the current status on the implementation of the second Skills Development Found (SFD) which has dubbed Priority Skills for Growth (PSG), the World Bank delegation healed the progress made and recommended implementers to keep up with the momentum.
The SDF II which intend to stimulate competition and delivery of innovative program offerings; promoting collaboration between enterprises and training centres and institutions; Increase skills acquisition among disadvantaged groups; and improve the efficiency of training provision, is currently implemented under the National Employment Program, which is operative under the Workforce Development Authority (WDA) management.

Among the highlighted progresses that have been appreciated by the World bank delegation include the development and approval of SDF corporation manual, the establishment of SDF governance and the launch for the first call for proposals among others.

“I liked the idea of submitting the grant committee.  It is turning point in lobbying and sustaining the program,” said Ruth Karimi Charo, the chief of delegation.

SDF is a challenge fund providing matching grants to companies and TVET institutions eligible for support according to the principles outlined in the manual. Hence, the applications evaluated according to their relevance for further development of the Rwandan private sector and providing employment opportunities youth entering the labour market.

While the focus is on the specific priority economic sectors, applications from other sectors are eligible for support provided there is a robust and well-documented justification in terms of employment opportunities for the graduates. The applicants are have to provide the documentation required by the WDA to assess the labour market relevance of the application. This must be in the form of a demand assessment.

During the first call for proposals, WDA received over 430 proposals, which are still under the scrutiny and the better ones will be supported. 

Besides that, by successful achieving the targets enshrined within the program, which dictates the training of over nine thousand youth within the three years spanning period of the program, the government will be entitled to $13.25million (Rwf11.1 billion) of bolstering the TVET sector. However, within the first window over 5,500 students have been already underwent into the initial segment of drills.

According to the WDA officials, the best proposals will be supported through implementation of the trainings through various TVET program including manufacturing, energy, Transport and logistics.

Jerome Gasana, the Director General of WDA welcomed the observation of the delegations, which according to him are going to help to keep up the momentum on good track the program and TVET sector as well.   

The development objective of the Priority Skills for Growth Program-for-Results Project for Rwanda is to expand opportunities for the acquisition of quality, market-relevant skills in selected economic sectors.

The proposed operation is aligned with themes under the World Bank’s Country Partnership Strategy for Rwanda financial year 2014 - 2018, which identifies energy, urban development, rural development, social protection and accountable governance areas as a focus for IDA resources to accelerating economic growth that is private-sector driven and job-creating among others.