ADB Boosts Laos’ Vocational Training Project

    A woman from Laos takes a break from sewing to smile at the camera. The Asian Development Bank will fund a project that will boost vocation courses and programs in Laos and make them accessible to women. Photo by: Paco Alcantara / CC BY-NC-ND Paco AlcantaraCC BY-NC-ND

    The Asian Development Bank will provide USD23 million to help Laos address the shortage of skills in key areas of its economy. The grant, which will be drawn from ADB’s concessional Asian Development Fund, will support Laos’ Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training Program that aims to improve the quality of and access to vocational and technical training. The project also seeks to boost private and public sector engagement in the vocational training sector.

    Components of the project include improving the relevance of vocational courses and programs, strengthening the practical skills of teachers by updating training equipment, expanding access of these programs for women and strengthening private sector involvement in the development and delivery of vocational education.

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