WB team checks progress on Skills Development Project
A team from the World Bank on Wednesday concluded their visit to Rwanda to asses the implementation and completion rate of the Skills Development Project (SDP).
The SDP has been operating under WDA since in 2011 and is jointly financed by the World Bank through a credit of US $ 30 million and counterpart financing from the Government of Rwanda of US $ 4.5 million. The general objective of this project is to create opportunities for youths to acquire various technical and vocational skills necessary to gain employment.
In their meetings on Tuesday, the SDP and SDF Managers submitted their progress reports on various aspects of the project including procurement and financial management. Despite delays in the implementation, the project has achieved almost all of the targets set.
During this mission, the World Bank and SDP teams visited six training institutions where Rwf 14.7 billion was invested in the construction, rehabilitation and purchase of training equipment. The institutions are Kirehe VTC in Kirehe district, Kabarondo VTC in Kayonza district, Kinihira VTC in Rulindo district, EST Busogo in Musanze district, IPRC East in Ngoma district and IPRC West in Karongi district. The schools have the capacity to admit a total of 582 students per year.
The SDP Task Team Leader Hiroshi Saeki will submit his Final Report as Karthika Radhakrishnan the Operations analyst compiles the Implementation Completion Report (ICR) about the project. It would be too early to give the rating of the project but the World Bank team was impressed with how the team was able to achieve almost all the targets. The purpose of the Implementation and Completion Report is to give the final rating of the project.
The SDP also focused on improving access to quality and demand-responsive vocational training. This worked under 3 components which are; Delivery of Quality and Relevant Vocational Training, TVET System Strengthening and Rapid Skills Delivery.
Through the Skills Development Fund (SDF), the SDP has so far awarded grants worth Rwf 3,553,264,278 to 108 institutions in four rounds. The first round of the SDF grants was done in 2012 and the fourth in 2015. These grants were given out to enable beneficiaries improve the quality of training in different technical and vocational skills.
Beneficiaries of the SDF grants have been training in various trades that include Beauty and Aesthetics, Construction, ICT, Automobile Mechanics, Agriculture, Carpentry, Welding, Electricity, Hospitality, Art and Craft. In recent rounds, beneficiaries brought in new courses like Mining, Firefighting, Renewable energy, Mechanized Agriculture and Irrigation.
Over 11,000 have so far graduated from institutions that benefited from the SDF grants since 2012, almost meeting the target of 12,000 as others continue to graduate at different times.
The SDP has also played a role in creating a market driven economy and a private sector led through the Industrial Based Training (IBT). WDA through then SDP partnered with private hotel owners to provide hands-on training to hotel employees. About 801 students have gone through IBT in Hospitality, sponsored by the Skills Development Project.
Training in Hospitality have been conducted from four hotels; Moriah Hill Resort (Karongi district), Virunga Hotel (Musanze district), Urumuli Hotel (Gicumbi district) and Eastland Motel (Kayonza district). Another batch of about 1,200 is expected to start training soon.
This visit by the Word Bank team comes at a time the Skills Development Project is in its last phase of completion, based on its current time frame of operation.