To improve industry manpower quality, the government is to optimized vocational education in Indonesia. Vocational education is an education system dedicated to the mastery of skills needed by industry.
On that note, the Industry Minister, Education Minister, Research and Technology and Higher Education Minister, Manpower Minister, State-Owned Enterprises Minister, signed a memorandum of understanding in developing industry manpower at the Ministry of Industry, Jakarta on Tuesday (29/11/2016).
Also present on the signing are Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution, and coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani.
General Secretary of the Industrial Ministry Syarif Hidayat explained that the cooperation aims to encourage vocational education development and competency based vocation which links and matches with industry.
“This cooperation aims to generate competent and ready-to-work graduates compatible with industry’s needs,” said Syarif at the Ministry of Industry, Jakarta on Tuesday (29/11/2016).
Syarif explained, the MoU covers building the competence-based vocational education which links and matches the industry needs.
Also vocation and curriculum adjustment on education units to what the industry needs.
Moreover, developing the means of industrial competence. Industry facilitation in field work or internship for school or college students and teacher or lecturer.
“Industry facilitation in the form of workshop or teaching factory and instructors provision. Teachers and lecturers competence improvement through education, training, and industry internship, as well as enhancing the quality and quantity of vocational means and infrastructure,” he added.
As an initial step, the Ministry of Industry started with facilitating vocational schools (SMK) in developing themselves. Several SMK and industry players have been chosen for the program.
“At first, Petrokimia Gresik will coach 7 SMK in East Java, Astra Honda Motor with 9 SMK in Tangerang, Banten and South Sulawesi, and Polytama Propindo with four SMK in Indramayu and Cirebon,” he said.
Meawhile, the Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated that the industry sector holds a crucial role in driving the national economy and it needs a credible and competitive manpower.
“To boost sustainable national industry growth, the industry needs competent manpower, build through a competence-base vocational education development which links and matches with it’s needs,” Airlangga said.
According to Airlangga, the MoU signing by five ministers is a follow up on Presidential Regulation No. 9 of 2016 on SMK Revitalisation in order to improve Indonesia’s manpower quality and competitiveness.