The East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) is the World Bank supported project that aims to bring a regional approach to developing the specialized TVET skills by creating a small cluster of regional TVET Centers of Excellence.

The Project Development Objective of EASTRIP is to increase the access and improve the quality of TVET programs in selected Regional TVET Centers of Excellence and to support regional integration.  The project supports the development of highly specialized TVET programs at diploma and degree levels for training of technicians and TVET faculty, as well as industry recognized short-term training, targeting regional priority sectors in transport, energy, manufacturing, and ICT.

To achieve the PDO, the project will focus on three areas:

  • increasing access to TVET programs,
  • improving quality and relevance of TVET programs, and
  • supporting regional integration.

Beneficiary Countries


Three East African countries are participating in the first phase of the project, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania.

  • Overall, the project aims to benefit the following:
    • Students enrolled in selected regional TVET Centers of Excellence and their partner institutions (non-project TVET institutes) in the country and across the region
    • Employers and targeted industries who will have access to a skilled workforce matched with their needs and standards
    • Faculty and staff from the selected regional TVET Centers of Excellence whose academic, technical, and pedagogical skills will be upgraded and who will function in an improved teaching environment with upgraded facilities and have opportunity to exchange knowledge and staff with other EASTRIP centers and countries.
    • Students, faculty, and staff in non-project TVET institutes partnering with the selected flagship TVET institutes who will benefit from knowledge sharing in good TVET management, program development, and instructional practices and from sharing of standards, curriculum, and training facilities.
    • Public and private TVET institutes within the East Africa region that will have access to a network of specialized trainers, a framework of core curricular competencies, quality assurance standards, and state-of-the-art facilities for up-to-date training of the workforce in priority sectors in the region.

Through EASTRIP, the college wins USD 21.85 million (in the form of grant and loan). With this fund, Holeta Polytechnic College is planning to establish a Center of Excellence in Agro-Processing (CEAP), build teaching factory, and provide short and long term training to teachers, farmers, and youth.

In order to establish the CEAP, the college is working to strengthen governance and management, institutionalize industry linkages, develop and review market-relevant and competency-based training programs, train school managers and teachers of the college, upgrade key training facilities and equipment, and give support to non-project national TVET colleges.

To attain this objective, the college developed Strategic Investment Program that addresses the following key components,

  • Strengthening governance and management of the Centre;
  • Institutionalizing industry linkages;
  • Developing market relevant and competency based training programs;
  • Training of school managers and teachers;
  • Upgrading key training facilities and equipment;
  • Outreach and support for non-project national TVET institutions; and
  • Provide teachers in-service, farmers, and youth training
Projects Implementing