The Afghanistan Workforce Development Program (AWDP) addresses the twin problems of high unemployment and the scarcity of technically skilled Afghan labor and trained business managers. By improving the quality and access to training in market-driven skills, AWDP complements the workforce development goals of the Afghan Government and the U.S. Government, while supporting key growth opportunities in the construction, information and communications technology (ICT), mining, business management, and service industries. The goal of the AWDP is to increase job placements and wages for 25,000 Afghans, 25 percent of whom will be women, through increased access to quality technical and business education and training, job placement and support services. The program provides training grants and contracts and technical assistance to grantees and contractors in order to develop and strengthen the labor pool in major economic areas of the country where demand is higher. The increase of highly qualified, demand-driven labor supply will contribute to the growth of the key economic sectors throughout Afghanistan. The AWDP is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE).
AWDP uses a four-step process to implement its demand-driven approach:
- Labor market demand assessment;
- Curriculum development or adaptation;
- Competency-based training; and
- Employment placement--related services.
AWDP solicited, awarded and managed 26 short-term labor market-determined training programs under its ‘off-budget’ component. These training programs provided mid-career/semi-professional employees and job seekers with technical and business management skills in response to private sector labor market requirements.
As a result of these training programs, 9,400 mid-career/semi-professional employees were trained in the skills listed above, with 34% being women.
The program also assisted with their placement and/or promotion with salary increases for 4,887 training program participants, 29% of them being women.
Last updated: December 30, 2013