USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program

BUILDING A PATHWAY BETWEEN SKILLS TRAINING AND HIGH-VALUE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Current Grant Opportunities 

Request for Applications: Incentivize Private Sector Engagement in Skills Development through the Creation of Model Sector Skills Organizations (RFA 009-C1-002-2022)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Industry-led Skills Development Program is a new five-year initiative designed to partner with the private sector to produce industry-relevant human capital that will contribute to high-value employment opportunities and increased economic competitiveness in Georgia. Implemented by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), the Program will achieve this by systematically engaging employers to equip Georgians with skills demanded in sectors with high growth potential and through the creation and replication of direct linkages between training programs and employment opportunities.

The Program will prioritize interventions under three components:

  • Component 1: Incentivize private sector engagement in skills development
  • Component 2: Establish short- and long-term skills training programs demanded by the private sector
  • Component 3: Increase access to training opportunities for rural and priority populations.

The USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to Incentivize Private Sector Engagement in Skills Development through the Creation of Model Sector Skills Organizations (RFA No. 009-C1-002-2022). The Program is seeking applications from eligible organizations to develop or introduce long-term (more than 6 months per training cycle) formal and non-formal skills training programs that immediately address the skills mismatches posing current constraints to the growth of high potential sectors of the Georgian economy.

The full application, respective annexes, and supporting documentation should be submitted in electronic form to skillsgrants@iesc.org. All applications should reference RFA No. 009-C1-002-2022 and must be submitted in English. Full applications are due no later than November 25, 2022 18:00 local time. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered.

To make information on grants accessible to all interested stakeholders, the Program plans to hold pre-submission workshop and information session in accordance with the schedule presented in the RFA document. This workshop will give eligible and interested applicants the chance to ask questions about the RFA process and receive guidance on how to submit an application. Applicants can also send questions about the application process to skillsgrants@iesc.org until November 11, 2022. All answers to questions asked at the pre-submission workshop and/or through email will be time by time posted to the Program’s Facebook and web page.

For further details on the Program and application process, please refer to the below RFA documents.

  1. Request for Applications Announcement: RFA 009-C1-002-2022.
  2. Application Form: Annex 1_Technical Application Form.
  3. MEL Indicators: Annex 2 – List of Indicators.
  4. Budget Template: Annex 3 – Grant Application Budget Forms.
  5. Pre-Award Risk Assessment: Annex 4 – Pre-Award Risk Questionnaire.
  6. Gantt Chart: Annex 5 – Grant Activity Gantt Chart.
  7. Memorandum of Understanding Template: Annex 6_Memorandum Template.
  8. Resolution 416 Text: Annex 7 _Government Resolution #416.

Annual Program Statement: Establishing Private Sector-led Long- term Skills Training Program (APS 008-C2B-002-2022) 

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Industry-led Skills Development Program is a new five-year initiative designed to partner with the private sector to produce industry-relevant human capital that will contribute to high-value employment opportunities and increased economic competitiveness in Georgia. Implemented by the International Executive Service Corps (IESC), the Program will achieve this by systematically engaging employers to equip Georgians with skills demanded in sectors with high growth potential and through the creation and replication of direct linkages between training programs and employment opportunities. 

The Program will prioritize interventions under three components:  

  • Component 1: Incentivize private sector engagement in skills development 
  • Component 2: Establish short- and long-term skills training programs demanded by the private sector 
  • Component 3: Increase access to training opportunities for rural and priority populations. 

The USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program is pleased to announce a grant opportunity to Establish Private Sector-led Long-term Skills Training Programs (APS No. 008-C2B-002-2022). The Program is seeking concept papers from eligible organizations to develop or introduce long-term (more than 6 months per training cycle) formal and non-formal skills training programs that immediately address the skills mismatches posing current constraints to the growth of high potential sectors of the Georgian economy. The concept paper is a precursor to the full grant application. Selected concept paper applicants will be invited to submit full grant applications. 

Interested and eligible entities should send concept papers in electronic format to skillsgrants@iesc.org. All concept papers should reference APS No. 008-C2B-002-2022 and must be submitted in English. Concept papers are due no later than April 20, 2023, 18:00 Georgia Standard Time (UTC/GMT +4). Concept papers can be submitted any time before the deadline and will be reviewed by the Grant Evaluation Committee on a rolling basis. Late or unresponsive applications will not be considered. 

To make information on grants accessible to all interested stakeholders across Georgia, the Program plans to hold online pre-submission workshops and information sessions in accordance with the schedule presented in the APS document. This workshop will give eligible and interested applicants the chance to ask questions about the APS process and receive guidance on how to submit a concept paper. Applicants can also send questions about the application process to skillsgrants@iesc.org until February 28, 2023. All answers to questions asked at the pre-submission workshops and/or through email will be time by time posted to the Program’s Facebook and web page. 

For further details on the Program and application process, please refer to the attached documents: 

  1. APS Announcement: APS 008-C2B-002-2022
  2. Concept Paper Form: Annex 1 Concept Paper Template

Approach

The Program’s approach is to engage a broad stakeholder base to leverage private and public investment into skills training programs and increase high-value employment opportunities for Georgian citizens. The Program will engage with local and foreign business associations, national and international investment organizations, corporations, Chambers of Commerce, and critical public sector stakeholders in order to closely monitor and respond to ongoing and planned changes in labor market needs.

Central to achievement of results under the Program is an innovative approach to competitive grants, which will allow the Program to respond to gaps in the supply of skilled workers to meet high-growth industry needs, as well as address the needs of priority populations such as youth, women, rural populations, ethnic minorities, and students with disabilities. The grants will be performance and milestone based and will mobilize cost-share from grantees, and other investors, while utilizing a Pay-for-Results incentive, as appropriate, to reward innovation, job placement, and inclusion of underserved populations. The cost-share requirement will ensure grantee buy-in, while accreditation and certification efforts will ensure the sustainability of programs. At the sector level, the Program will leave behind a network of training providers with scalable and replicable partnership models for private sector engagement in skills development.

Summary

The USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program is a five-year initiative designed to create pathways between skills training and high-value employment opportunities, empowering Georgians to reduce unemployment and catalyze sustainable economic growth across the country. The Program will incentivize businesses in high growth industries to systematically engage in innovative skills development, while engaging skills training providers to implement high quality training programs aligned with labor market demand and extend access to their offerings throughout Georgia. Training programs will target underrepresented members of society, including residents of rural communities, women, and ethnic minorities.

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Program Details

Funder: USAID

Project Duration: 2021-2026

Award: $24 million

Subcontractor: The Center for Training and Consultancy, a leading Georgian NGO supporting the strengthening of human and organizational capabilities.

The Program will also work closely with the Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Health, Labor and Social Affairs and agencies, like National Skills Agency to monitor labor market and skills supply developments.

Expected Results

The Program anticipates benefitting 4,800 individuals who will complete workforce programs, with at least 3,840 receiving new or better employment. The Program will incentivize 30 businesses to develop long-term partnerships with training providers, mobilize $6.99 million in cost-share from both private and public sectors, and ensure that 35% of trainees are from rural areas and ethnic minorities and at least 45% are women.

Components

The program will prioritize interventions under three components:

  1. Incentivize private sector engagement in skills development.
  2. Establish short- and long-term skills training programs demanded by the private sector.
  3. Increase access to training opportunities for rural and priority populations.
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