National Skills Development Program (NSDP)

The National Skills Development Program (NSDP) is a National Priority Program (NPP) announced by H.E. Hamid Karzai, the former president, in Berlin, on April 2004, while it became functional at the end of 2005. The overall goal of the NSDP is to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of Afghanistan through building a national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system which is responsive to labor market needs and which provides Afghans with the knowledge and skills for decent work. NSDP has a steering committee consisted of nine relevant ministries and it is chaired by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA).

NSDP works through its two components and they are the funding of high-quality labor market-driven vocational training and TVET system building. Under the funding component, NSDP has financially supported the provision of vocational training for 68000 unemployed and underemployed Afghans in 34 provinces of which 36% are women and 3% people with disability.

 Under the TVET system building component and beside assisting the Committee on Education and Skills Policy( CESP) for the development of legislation, regulatory framework and awarding board,  NSDP has developed  224  National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS), 35 curricula and trained more than 800 trainers in how to utilize the NOSSs for written instructional materials

The major donors for NSDP are Ministry of Finance through the developmental discretionary budget and the Word Bank. In national budget 1398, there is 275 million Afghani for MOLSA/ NSDP through which 6400 trainees will be trained in 27 provinces, temporary TVET commission will be activated, 50 new NOSSs and 18 Written Instructional Materials will be developed, 60 old NOSSs will be revised and technical support will be provided to MOLSA.

NSDP has implemented two components of Afghanistan Skills Development project (ASDP1) 2009- 2013 and Non-formal Approach to Training Education and Jobs in Afghanistan project (NATEJA) 2014 - 2018 funded by the World Bank.

Since three years, NSDP works in an integrated manner with the Directorate General of Skills Development. The purpose of integration is to reduce parallel structure, coordinate the activities and increase the effectiveness.

The National Skills Development Program (NSDP) is a National Priority Program (NPP) announced by H.E. Hamid Karzai, the former president, in Berlin, in April 2004, while it became functional at the end of 2005. The overall goal of the NSDP is to contribute to the socio-economic recovery of Afghanistan through building a national Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system which is responsive to labor market needs and which provides Afghans with the knowledge and skills for decent work. NSDP has a steering committee consisted of nine relevant ministries and it is chaired by the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA).

NSDP works through its two components and they are the funding of high-quality labor market-driven vocational training and TVET system building. Under the funding component, NSDP has financially supported the provision of vocational training for 68000 unemployed and underemployed Afghans in 34 provinces of which 36% are women and 3% people with disability.

 Under the TVET system building component and beside assisting the Committee on Education and Skills Policy( CESP) for the development of legislation, regulatory framework and awarding board,  NSDP has developed  224  National Occupational Skills Standard (NOSS), 35 curricula and trained more than 800 trainers in how to utilize the NOSSs for written instructional materials

The major donors for NSDP are Ministry of Finance through a developmental discretionary budget and the Word Bank. In national budget 1398, there is 275 million Afghani for MOLSA/ NSDP through which 6400 trainees will be trained in 27 provinces, temporary TVET commission will be activated, 50 new NOSSs and 18 Written Instructional Materials will be developed, 60 old NOSSs will be revised and technical support will be provided to MOLSA.

NSDP has implemented two components of Afghanistan Skills Development project (ASDP1) 2009- 2013 and Non-formal Approach to Training Education and Jobs in Afghanistan project (NATEJA) 2014 - 2018 funded by the World Bank.

Since three years, NSDP works in an integrated manner with the Directorate General of Skills Development. The purpose of integration is to reduce parallel structure, coordinate the activities and increase the effectiveness.