This Half Annual Report 2014 presents the outcomes and outputs achieved by the Employment Fund (EF) from January to June 2014. It summarises the results achieved with the support of three funding sources: the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), UKAid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank (WB).
The EF is managed by the Employment Fund Secretariat (EFS)/HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation (hereafter referred to as HELVETAS). The EF focuses on providing short-term training to youth in market-oriented technical skills combined with, business and life skills in order to enhance their employability and develop them as successful entrepreneurs. The primary stakeholders of the program are economically poor and out-of-school youth of the age group 18 to 40 years.
During the reporting period, the EF conducted skills training in 64 districts through 39 Training and Employment Service Providers (T&Es). Total 10,713 youth have received the training out of the targeted 15,800 youth in 2014, of which 54% were women. In total, 85% were from disadvantaged groups, including 13% Dalit (with 57% women) and 49% Janajatis (with 55% women). Of the total graduates, 10,128 appeared in the skills test conducted by National Skills Testing Board (NSTB). To date, the skills test results for 648 participants out of 10,128 have been published and 88% have passed the test.
Of 2,309 graduates who completed the three months employment period, the employment status of 13% was verified physically. Among these, 95% have started working and 46% are gainfully employed earning an average income of NPR 4,753/- per month at the time of reporting. Based on previous experience, these figures are estimated to increase in the next six months.
EFS developed a number of occupational profiles and training manuals (see Chapter 3 and Annex 7). Almost 400 T&E staff and trainers were provided variety of capacity building (see Chapter 3). From the annual budget of NPR 830,756,023/- the Project spent NPR 317,954,070/- indicating a budget utilization rate of 38%. So far, only the first instalment payment has been released, therefore, the expenditure is in line with the yearly program implementation plan.
EFS continued collaboration with the Enhanced Vocational Education and Training (EVENT) Project in 2014 and initiated cooperation with the Skills Development Project (SDP) implemented by CTEVT. By June 2014, 14 T&Es delivered fee-based training outside of donor-funded schemes showing an increase in additional clients. Possibilities of collaborations with the public and private partners at local level, with trade and product associations will be further explored in 2014.
As EF gained significant knowledge in the TVET sector and domestic labour market, the Project initiated the documentation of good practices and lessons learnt in a variety of themes (Annex 16). The aim is to shed light on the achievements and shortcomings of the EF in various working areas. The compiled findings and results will be shared with a wide range of stakeholders during 2015 which is the last year of EF’s current phase.
The results of the first rigorous impact evaluation conducted was shared by the World Bank. The report mentioned that the overall impacts of the EF training programs were the highest amongst others. It stated that despite the limitations of the study methodology, the results showed impressive gains in employment and earnings for individuals who had undergone EF training programs.Download Half Annual Report 2014