Skills for Economic Growth in Vanuatu

Sarah is very excited to be appointed by Scope Global as the Advisor on Monitoring Evaluation and Learning for this partnership between the Governments of Vanuatu and Australia. IN this role she will work with MEL colleagues in Vanuatu, the program's sector advisors and partners in Vanuatu in the design of the MEL plan and provide oversight to its implementation during the fourth phase of this flagship investment (2017 - 2020) funded by the Australian Government through DFAT.

Further details of the investment provided by DFAT on  

Skills for Economic Growth Phase IV

Up to A$16.4 million, 2016-2020

Skills for Economic Growth program is an Australian Government funded program working with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and Provincial Governments to coordinate and facilitate the delivery of targeted skills training services in communities.

Under previous phases, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) centres were established in the provinces of Sanma, Malampa, Torba and Tafea.

The current program commenced in July 2016 and is continuing implementation of activities under the phase III implementation plan. The design for phase IV was finalised in June 2017 and implementation of the new design will commence 1 October 2017.

The program supports activities that encourage a more responsive and better quality training system that is able to meet the skills demands of the productive sectors (especially tourism, agriculture and trade) in provincial communities. The program operates within existing structures and works with local training providers to deliver courses focused on employment and income-generation outcomes within a nationally recognised framework.

The program works closely with the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA), which is responsible for the Vanuatu Qualifications Framework, and it supports training providers to register and to develop and deliver accredited modular courses that respond to productive sector demands and are linked to economic outcomes.

The Vanuatu Government is committed to integrating the TVET centres into the MoET structure, with three positions in the program already funded by the Vanuatu Government.

In 2016, the program was selected for a grant under DFAT’s Disability Inclusive Development fund, to implement activities over three years to assist training providers to be more inclusive. In December 2016, Australia’s Foreign Minister, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, officially launched this grant in Port Vila. The program also partners with the Pacific Women investment in Vanuatu, implementing activities to improve women’s economic empowerment.

Key outcomes sought are:

  • an integrated sectoral approach for economic outcomes through skills development in four provinces of Vanuatu (Sanma, Malampa, Torba and Tafea) through support for training, business development and employment services, with a focus on expanding women’s income-earning; and
  • continue to strengthen the quality of local training providers and the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority to meet skills development requirements.