Matching Trainees’ Skills to Market Needs in Georgia: New Vocational Training Courses Show Early Promise (Evaluation Brief)

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica
Aug 30, 2019
Authors
Evan Borkum, Irina Cheban, Camila Fernandez, and Ira Nichols-Barrer

Key Findings:

  • Through the Program Improvement Competitive Grants Activity, the ISWD Project established 51 new or improved TVET courses in Georgia.
  • TVET courses were established through close cooperation between the TVET provider and private sector partners, who provided valuable knowledge and material support.
  • Total enrollment in supported courses exceeded the compact’s target.
  • Trainees and teachers had positive first impressions of the new courses.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Georgia II Compact was designed to increase the earning potential of Georgians through improvements in the quality of education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, including strategic investments in general education, technical training, and advanced degree programs. The Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) Project, in particular, was intended to improve the alignment between the skills of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates and the skills demanded by the labor market. It made grants to establish new or improve courses that reflected industry demand; awarded smaller grants to document and disseminate best practices; provided technical assistance on sector policy to the government; and held annual TVET conferences.

MCC commissioned Mathematica to conduct an independent interim performance evaluation of the ISWD project. In this issue brief, we share key findings from Mathematica’s evaluation.

Project

Georgia: Performance Evaluation of the Workforce Development Project

Funders

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Time Frame

2017-2021

Senior Staff

Ira Nichols-Barrer
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Camila Fernandez
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Evan Borkum
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