Skills for employment and growth
2016–17 saw the expansion of Scope Global’s Development Projects portfolio, particularly our support for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade-funded skills for growth programs. Two new skills programs – Tonga Skills and Sri Lanka Skills for Inclusive Growth – demonstrate practical examples of DFAT’s ‘skills for prosperity’ agenda, which emphasises flexible learning pathways to enable men and women, especially the poorest, to benefit from market-oriented training.
These programs ‘think politically and work differently’ with particular regard to the importance of building local teams, creating an authorising environment for local decision making, and working strategically within the political context to incentivise and catalyse collaboration and authentic reform.
With both projects commencing in late 2016, the focus for this year was establishing and supporting our locally led teams. And with a commitment to evidence based programming and decision making, the teams worked hard to collate extensive data on labour markets and skills opportunities that are relevant in the local context.
In Kiribati, Scope Global completed the Kiribati TVET Skills Strengthening Program and started implementing the Kiribati Facility, including the Skills for Employment Program. The Skills for Employment Program is the third phase in the Australian Government’s investment in skills development and employment in Kiribati that aims to develop a more capable, qualified and mobile I-Kiribati workforce. It builds on Scope Global’s work implementing the first two phases of the initiative.
These new activities build on our long-running support to the Asian Development Bank in implementing JobStart Philippines, which identifies employment opportunities for at-risk youth, and Scope Global’s long history delivering programs and initiatives in the areas of skills development, skills for employment and technical and vocational education and training.
Adviser mobilisation and capacity development
Scope Global also continued its capacity development initiatives with partner governments, including support for Pacific island governments through the Pacific Technical Assistance Mechanism (PACTAM2). Building on evidence gained through mobilisation of technical expertise, the program commissioned an evaluation of successful capacity development approaches, which has provided unique insights into how the work of advisers can support partnerships between Pacific island governments and the Australian aid program.