Need Hundreds of Millions of Workers

Kompas, page 11

The Indonesian economy occupies seventh position as the world’s largest by 2030, provided there are 113 million productive workforce.  Currently, Indonesia is the world’s 16th economic force, with a total of 55 million workers. Based on the projections made by the McKinsey Global Institute, the Minister of Labor Hanif Dhakiri said, there is need for a new workforce of 58 million people in the period from 2016 to 2030. If it is specified, 3.8 million trained workers are needed every year. This should be prepared by the government through formal education and job training schemes.

Hanif said this when met after the signing of a memorandum of understanding conducted by five ministers as well as a cooperation agreement among the vocational high schools and industry.  In addition to the Minister of Manpower, those who signed the memorandum of understanding were the Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Minister of Education and Culture, the Minister of Industry and Minister of State Enterprises.

The memorandum of understanding signed by those ministers covered, among others, plans to build a competency-based vocational education; restructuring of expertise programs and curriculum adapted to the needs of industry; and facilitating industry for work practices and internships for students and teachers.

Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartanto said the industry is ready to support vocational education. There are various companies that help SMK. Coordinating Minister for the Economy Nasution who was present witnessing the signing of the MoU said it is an important step for the development of vocational education. There are many things that still need to be prepared and carried out. Through a pilot project that has been designed, vocational education connected with industry should be run and be successful.



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