The SDP Profile
The SDP was conceptualised to contribute to the achievement of Rwanda’s long-term development vision of becoming a middle income, export-and service-oriented knowledge-based economy by developing an appropriately skilled labour force. The primary objective of the SDP has been to improve access to quality and demand-responsive vocational training. This is being implemented through three project components as detailed below:
Component 1: Delivery of Quality and Relevant Vocational Training
This component was designed to strengthen the TVET system through interventions that improve quality and relevance of training delivery in eight priority occupations at seven public vocational training centres. Component one seeks to pilot the delivery of new curricula at vocational level in the selected vocational training centers, including industrial attachments; demonstrate the value of an integrated set of interventions to raise the quality of skills delivery; and raise the capacity of WDA and training providers to develop and deliver high-quality skills training in priority areas.
To increase the volume of available skills in shortage and to enhance the employability of trainees by ensuring those enrolled obtain practical experience and exposure to relevant work environments, the project improvised the Industry Based Training (IBT) program focused on the hospitality industry. This program trained secondary school graduates in four trades including housekeeping, front office operations, food and beverage, and culinary arts. The training is conducted in four hotels in the West, East and Northern provinces of Rwanda.
Component 2: TVET System Strengthening
This component aims to monitor and evaluate training delivery, in particular the implementation and performance of the SDP; inform strategic policy decisions and policy reforms by providing sound analyses concerning key aspects of the training system and the labour market; and build capacity for monitoring and evaluation and for conducting relevant research within the WDA and TVET providers.
Component 3: Rapid Skills Delivery
The key objective of this component is to reduce skills gaps by rapidly increasing the supply of skills in high demand in the labour market. This is being delivered through the Skills Development Facility (SDF) that provides competitive sub-grants to eligible applicants to raise the quality and volume of their training in demonstrated areas of skills shortages.