The Ministry of Industry (Kemenperin) has cooperated with 177 companies to implement the industrial vocational education program. This program involves 389 Vocational High Schools (SMK) in the area of Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY). The purpose is to prepare skilled workers in accordance with the current needs of the business world.
The Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto, said that in this era of globalization, upgrading the quality of human resources (SDM) has become the key to success in being able to compete and win the competition. Airlangga revealed that the industrial sector requires competent workers, not only in terms of knowledge, but also skill mastery and work attitude. This necessity is expected to be fulfilled by education, particularly vocational education, both at high school and higher levels. The program of industrial vocational education (linked and matched with SMK) is expected to meet industry’s needs for human resources.
He added that the supervision and development of competence-based SMK that links and matched with industry is an industrial investment in human resources.
The Minister explained that Kemenperin through this program has targeted reaching 1,775 SMK consisting of 845,000 students, and will cooperate with 355 companies through 2019. Furthermore, the same program will be released gradually in West Java, DKI Jakarta, and Banten province, as well as in Sumatra and other Indonesian regions. Airlangga underlined that Pusdiklat of Industri Kemenperin as the executor of the vocational program continues to provide on the spot guidance and monitoring of the program’s implementation. His administration also expects the relevant Ministries to support this program based on their respective authority.