Supplying STEM Trainees to Meet Market Needs in Georgia

Supplying STEM Trainees to Meet Market Needs in Georgia

Final Evaluation Brief for the Georgia II Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project
Published: Jan 17, 2023
Publisher: Millennium Challenge Corporation
Associated Project

Georgia: Evaluation of the Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development (ISWD) Project

Time frame: 2017-2022

Prepared for:

Millennium Challenge Corporation

Key Findings
  • More than three-quarters of technical and vocational educa­tion and training (TVET) trainees found employment within a year of the course ending; however, only one-third found a full-time job relevant to their course.
  • Benchmarking against all public TVET courses in Georgia suggests that the new courses likely improved the employ­ment rate and earnings of trainees during the pandemic.
  • The 10 TVET providers with larger grants continued to offer all of the new courses two years after the end of the compact.
  • The project’s technical assistance efforts may have contributed to important policy reforms after the compact.

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 performance evaluation of the ISWD project. In this issue brief, Mathematica researchers and MCC share key findings from Mathematica’s final evaluation.

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