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Project for Improving TVET Quality to Meet the Needs of Industries

Posted on:
31.08.2018 by SEA-VET IT

Implementing Institutions:
Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT)

Supporting Institutions:
Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA)

Sep 2015 – Mar 2020 (4.5 years)

Scale of Initiative:

Technicians and associate professionals, Curriculum, Personnel (pre-service/in-service, quality, quantity etc.), Skills (mapping, recognition, in-demand etc.), Labour Market (needs, surveys etc.), Cooperation (Public-Private Partnership, industry collaboration, etc.)



Increase in exports and foreign direct investment (FDI) have been the main reasons for Cambodia’s rapid economic growth. While most of the FDI has been directed towards labour-intensive industries specifically garment manufacturing and assembly line, there is the need to diversify industries to reduce imports, attract more FDI and maintain sustained economic growth. This also means that a skilled and competitive workforce is created to respond to changing market needs.

Public TVET institutions in Cambodia tasked to prepare this workforce face various issues in imparting the right skills to students. Mismatch between TVET curricula and required skills, as well as limited involvement of private sector and industries are the main contributing factors.

In response to the above-stated needs and ASEAN integration, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) with the support of Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) launched a project in 2015 to improve the quality of TVET. With the aim to meet the needs of industries, this technical cooperation focuses on improving the quality of TVET provided by training institutes under the MLTV particularly in the field of electricity. Higher Diploma training courses have been prioritised and standardised training packages have been developed as a part of national TVET curriculum.


To strengthen the quality of training for higher diploma in electricity in the TVET institutions under Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (nation-wide).


Project implementation sites include:

  • National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia: NPIC;
  • Preah Kossomak Polytechnic Institute: PPI;
  • National Technical Training Institute: NTTI; and
  • Other nationwide TVET Institutes that conduct a higher diploma level electricity training course.

Expected Results

Five key expected project outputs are:

  • A standard Training Package for the higher diploma in electricity is developed;
  • Instructors of the pilot TVET institutions are able to provide training by using Standard Training Package;
  • System to disseminate Standard Training Package to non-pilot TVET institutions is introduced;
  • System to maintain and manage training facilities and equipment at the pilot TVET institutions is strengthened; and
  • Partnership between pilot TVET institutions and industries is strengthened.



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