USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program

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

Industry-led Skills Development Competitive Grants Program

The USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program is pleased to announce a grants opportunity to Incentivize Private Sector Engagement in Skills Development (RFA No. 001-C1-001-2021). The Program is seeking applications from eligible organizations for innovative approaches to strengthen linkages between skills training and high-value employment opportunities, either independently or as a partnership between the private sector and training provider institution(s) or organization(s).

Interested and eligible entities should send the Application Package (technical and budget proposals, and supporting documentation) in electronic format to skillsgrants@iesc.org. All applications should reference RFA No. 001-C1-001-2021 and must be submitted in English. Applications are due no later than December 20, 2021, 18:00 Tbilisi time. 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 pre-application workshops and information sessions 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 December 7, 2021. All answers to questions asked at the pre-application workshop and/or through the e-mail will be posted to the Program’s Facebook and this web page no later than December 13, 2021.

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

Incentive Private Sector Engagement in Skills Development RFA 001-C1-001-2021

RFA 001-C1-001-2021 Annex 1_Technical Application Form

RFA 001-C1-001-2021 Annex 2_ Grant Budget Form

RFA 001-C1-001-2021 Annex 3_Pre-award Risk Questionnaire

RFA 001-C1-001-2021 Annex 4_Indicator List

This announcement can be found in Georgian at the following website: JOBS.GE – Grant Competition – USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program

For more information on the USAID Industry-led Skills Development Program’s competitive grants process please take a look at the brochures below:

Design and Implementation of Competitive Innovative Grants Brochure – English version

Design and Implementation of Competitive Innovative Grants Brochure – Georgian version

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.

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.