5 Steps to apply for funding from Skills Development Fund (SDF). As first step, TVET schools/training providers discuss with companies about needs for skills training and once training needs are identified (either pre-employment training or up-skilling of workforce), submit a joint-training proposal to Project Management Unit (PMU) of SDF, Ministry of Economy and Finance. As second step, the PMU will validate proposals by reviewing submitted documents and making site visits. Then, the PMU will shortlist the proposal, using information from validation stage and Pass/Fail criteria. The PMU will submit the shortlisted proposals to Selection Committee for evaluation based on standardized scoring sheet. As third step, the Selection Committee will submit a list of recommended proposals to Executing Agency (EA) for final approval. As fourth step, PMU will disclose the list of successful proposals to the public. And, as fifth step, all successful proposal will be invited for signing contracts with PMU and the implementation of the training project can start.
Acceptance of proposal is from May 16th until July 31st, 2019. Please submit your proposal electronically to SDF PMU (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applicants may also submit proposals ad hoc anytime, which will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The template of the proposal is enclosed with this guideline.
SDF is a newly-adopted policy instrument envisioned to become the most trusted financing platform for sustainable and demand-driven skill development. It aims to enhance allocative efficiency of public funding and stimulate pragmatic public private partnership projects in bridging the skill gaps in an effort to attracting higher-value-added investments and generating decent jobs to realize the Government’s vision of becoming a higher middle-income country by 2030. The fund is for 3 years from 2018-2021 and is managed by Project Management Unit at Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) in close collaboration with development partners, relevant ministries such as Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, etc. as well as Business Associations.
The fund has been in existence for three years from 2018-2021 and is being managed by a majority of the parties. The Ministry of Planning and Finance (MEF), through a professional contractor, has been working on the project. Developing relevant departments such as professional and vocational training, youth education, and Sports Medicine as well as other professional services.
SDF will focus on 5 priority sectors: Manufacturing, Construction, ICT, Electronics, and Tourism. In addition, the fund can accommodate other sectors that have high demand for skilled workforce and are emerging and contributing to the diversification of Cambodia’s economy (for detailed information on selection criteria, see Selection Criteria for PPP Training Projects enclosed with this guideline) The fund targets both upskilling and pre-employment training projects to improve soft skills and technical skills of Cambodia’s workforce. In other words, the fund could be used to upskill workers who are currently employed in foreign and local companies in Cambodia or to provide training to new workforce so they are better prepared for their future jobs. Priority will be given to training projects that are jointly developed and delivered by TVET schools/training providers and companies, with substantial practice at industry/workplace. Priority will also be given to training programs that have substantial in-kind and financial costsharing by schools and companies.
SDF Pilot is open to companies, enterprises and factories in Cambodia or plan to invest in Cambodia, which are registered with the Royal Government of Cambodia. All companies and schools in the priority sectors indicated above are eligible for this fund regardless of their size or ownership. Priorities for this round of call for proposal will be given to small and medium size enterprises. They can submit proposals by themselves or through business associations.
Priorities will be given to local schools/training providers. They can be public or private schools/training providers or NGOs. The submission of proposals for this fund requires the companies and schools to have a joint collaboration with each other. Companies and schools receiving this fund are required to issue certificates for participants that are signed jointly by company and school or other certificates issued by ministries as stipulated in the CQF of Cambodia.
A company and school can submit MORE THAN one proposal at a time.
The training projects eligible for this fund are for both technical skills and soft skills training and the duration could be from 2 weeks to 18 months.
The proposal has to indicate the unit cost per student, which shall not exceed 8,000,000 Riel/student/program (US$2,000/student/program). Minimum size of training course is 12 participants.
This fund can only be used to cover operational costs of the training such as salaries and allowances for trainers, allowances for trainees, training materials, utilities and other administrative costs. This fund cannot be used for capital investment such as constructing buildings or purchasing training equipment.
Proposals can use either Khmer or English.
Successful proposals will be required to comply with monitoring requirements, which include quarterly narrative and financial reports. Templates of reports will be provided by SDF PMU. They will also be required to provide information about project milestones (e.g. announcements of the forthcoming events, news about completed events with photos, etc.) according to individual communication plan that will be developed at the contracting stage.
At the end of the project, the training projects are evaluated based on the following Key Performance Indicators (KPI)
|A||Drop-out rate||≤20% of enrolled students||≤20% of enrolled students|
|B||Employment rate (for Pre-employment only)||≥ 75% of graduated students are formally employed in any companies within 3 months after training completion in relevant occupation||≥ 75% of graduated students are formally employed in any companies within 3 months after training completion in relevant occupation|
|C||Salary of trainees after 3 months of completion
≥ 10% of current salary
≥ 110% of minimum wage of garment and footwear sector (only basic salary)
≥ 10% of current salary
≥110% of the reference salary $150 (only basic salary)
1. 10% upfront upon signing the contract
2.40% after submission of required training enrollments
3.30% is made after completing the training midway under the condition that drop-out rate is below 20% and submission of a) training progress report and b) list of training materials, with copies of the training materials in hard copies or soft copies;
4.20% after made after achieving the three KPIs (drop-out rate, employment rate, salary rate) indicated in the proposal, which will be verified by SDF.
Note : The disbursement plan is subject to change based on nature of individual training projects.
Disbursements will be only made to juridical persons, not individuals. Disbursements will be made to both schools/training providers and companies according to the costs agreed in the training proposal.
For support please contact SDF helpdesk through one of these channels:
• Phone: 023 901 583
• Telegram: 012 635 294