Skills development project in Timor Leste
Project title: Timor Leste-Priority setting for skills development
Timing: July 2015 – April 2016
Location: Australia/Timor Leste
In 2011 Timor Leste’s Human Capital Development Fund (HCDF) was established. The aim of the HCDF is to improve planning, management and program implementation through domestic and international scholarships, workshops, internships and training programs.
To ensure HCDF funding reached priority areas, its administrators recommended human resources mapping. Palladium approached Sustainable Skills (formerly SkillsDMC) to conduct the mapping project because of our experience in workforce analysis and planning, skills gap analysis and stakeholder management.
SkillsDMC conducted extensive research and analysis of workers within Timor Leste government departments and public organisatons. We mapped their skills compared to existing and potential workforce needs to characterize strengths and skilling gaps. This then enabled us to identify and understand priority skilling areas to inform future strategies.
Sustainable Skills (formerlySkillsDMC) developed a framework for future workforce planning in Timor Leste’s civil service. Our long history of effective intelligence gathering on the issue of skills shortages and our experience in working with governments and Industry to gather and disseminate this information was the key to successful delivery of this project. This process involves multi-stakeholder engagement and the management of diverse skilling requirements and individual organizational interest. Our comprehensive report to Palladium outlined a way forward with clear direction for future funding priorities.