The Government’s Skills Sector Development Programme (SSDP) 2014-2020 functioning under this Ministry aims to establish an efficient skills development system to meet labour market demand. The programme is the first sector-wide, medium-term development programme, incorporating several areas of training development efforts. SSDP expects to reorient the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system to focus on increasing gainful employment of the graduates. The programme is focusing on priority areas within the TVET system such as improving quality, relevance, access, recognition for vocational training and supportive policies, systems and structures.

SSDP is funded by the ADB and the World Bank based on Results Based Lending (RBL) modality which the funds are disbursed to the Treasury based on the achievements of agreed Disbursement Linked Indicator (DLI) targets.

The main objective of the programme is to build an efficient and effective skills development system to meet the youth aspiration and skills needs of the country by improving access, quality and relevance in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector, introducing supportive policies and reforms and; strengthening the social marketing and career guidance.

Hence, the overall objective of this programme is to provide constructive platform for better alignment and coordination of assistance in the TVET sector. Thus, all development partners enable to align their ongoing programmes with this national requirement and channel their future initiatives through SSDP by closely cooperating with SSDD. This programme is currently supported by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.