Women in STEM

Women in STEM career day: Empowering women through ICT skills

To promote greater involvement of women in ICT-related skills and jobs, the ILO in collaboration with BBPLK-Bekasi conducted a one-day women in STEM career day for young women to learn career options in STEM.

News | Jakarta, Indonesia | 18 September 2019
ICT women practitioners shared their experiences, expertise and future opportunities in the era of technology and digitalization at the Women in STEM Career Day
Three women practitioners shared their experiences, expertise and future opportunities in the era of technology and digitalization at the Women in STEM Career Day, conducted at the Balai Besar Pengembangan Latihan Kerja-Bekasi (BBPLK-Bekasi). Held for one day on the second week of  September, this one-day event was targeted to 100 young woman trainees of BBPLK-Bekasi to learn about career options in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

I learned that women are capable working as programmers. We need more women in the ICT sector as tech savvy is not only required in ICT sector but also in almost any other occupations."

Marselina Agusta, Marketing Manager of Helpster Asia
Gema Minang, an investment analyst from ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia) shared her experience in supporting the access of start-up companies to financial resources. As a young speaker who just graduated from a university, Gema inspired the trainees with her inspiring journey to be involved in the investment company for digital and technology start-ups.

Meanwhile Vensia Tjhin, Chief of Omni Channel from Bhinneka.com discussed about opportunities in the e-commerce sector and skills that employers are looking for when looking for potential employee. “Young workers should also focus on soft skills and good attitude as two important values at the workplaces,” she said.

The trainees actively participated in the interactive discussion
Marselina Agusta, Marketing Manager of Helpster Asia, shared her experiences working in ICT sector. She highlighted the capabilities of women working as programmers in the male-dominated industry. “I learned that women are capable working as programmers. We need more women in the ICT sector… she also adds that these days, tech savvy is not only required in ICT sector but also in almost any other occupations,” she stated.

We actively engage companies to be more aware and be involved in promoting women in STEM. Women are still significantly underrepresented in STEM workforce across ASEAN; therefore, it is important to have more skilful women in ICT-related skills."

Tendy Gunawan, the ILO’s programme officer for Women in STEM
In addition to their personal experiences working in the ICT sector, they also talked about current and future jobs available in the ICT sectors, skills that are currently on demand and that will be needed in the future, recruitment process in their firms and steps to be taken on how the trainees can gain access to work-based learning and to enter the ICT sector.

The career day was conducted by the ILO in collaboration with BBPLK-Bekasi, one of the best public vocational training centers in Indonesia. The event was a follow-up to the Private Sector Meet Up Event held in June. Attended by around 60 representatives of companies, including digital companies, the event aimed to better understand the latest trends and recruitment needs in ICT-related kills and jobs in different industries.

Tendy Gunawan, the ILO’s programme officer for Women in STEM, emphasized the commitment of the ILO to support greater involvement of women workers in the STEM-related fields. “We actively engage companies to be more aware and be involved in promoting women in STEM. Women are still significantly underrepresented in STEM workforce across ASEAN; therefore, it is important to have more skilful women in ICT-related skills,” he stated.

To increase the number of young women involved in STEM-related skills and STEM jobs, the ILO through its Women in STEM Workforce Readiness & Development Project and BBPLK-Bekasi has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last January 2019. The MoU emphasized the collaboration of the BBPLK-Bekasi and ILO to increase the women labour participation rate in the fields related to STEM by providing courses on information, communications and technology (ICT) for pre-employed female youth. To date, four batches of female only class have been conducted by BBPLK-Bekasi.

Funded by J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation, the ILO’s STEM project is implemented in three ASEAN countries: Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines. In Indonesia, the Project is implemented in automotive and ICT sectors, which are identified as a high-growth sectors and present significant skills gap but also opportunities for growth.