Jakarta (ILO News): The International Labour Organization (ILO) and BP have signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement to promote employability and entrepreneurship among Papuan youth in Bintuni Bay Area, West Papua, an emerging oil and gas cluster in Indonesia. The agreement was signed in Jakarta on 30 May by Mr Nico Kanter, Head of Country, BP Indonesia and Mr Peter van Rooij, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.
BP will fund USD 318,894 under the agreement to promote youth employment in West Papua in collaboration with the ILO’s ongoing Education and Skills Training (EAST) Project. The main objective of the PPP is to provide out of school youth with market driven vocational training and entrepreneurship training programmes and strengthen skills training capacity in West Papua. It will also facilitate school to work transition and seeks to promote closer relationships between industry and vocational training institutions.
The agreement contributes to one of the main outcomes of the Indonesia Decent Work Agenda, as adopted by the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations which seek to strengthen the education and training systems and policies to better equip young people to enter the world of work.
“The PPP agreement with BP opens a new chapter in our continued efforts to partner with private sector in order to align skills development programmes with market demand. It strengthens capacities of local stakeholders to design market based skills training programmes and contributes to government efforts to promote employment opportunities to young Indonesians, particularly in Eastern Indonesia,” said Mr van Rooij, Country Director of the ILO in Indonesia.
“We see this as a strategic partnership as we try to improve our vocational training programme at the Bintuni Bay. ILO is well experienced especially with its EAST Project in West Papua. We hope its EAST Project success will be replicable in this partnership. We are looking for a foot print of success and I am sure ILO is the right partner. The success of this partnership is important not only for BP and ILO but more importantly for local communities in the Bay”, said Mr Kanter, Head of Country, BP Indonesia.
The partnership is a new beginning towards revitalising the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system in West Papua, and making it more responsive to market demand and aspirations of young women and men in Papua.
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