Skills development

Indonesia continues to improve skills development through industry - vocational education and training partnership

To further strengthen its national efforts in skills development through apprenticeships, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in collaboration with the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) and the ILO is conducting a one-day Seminar regarding Quality Work-Based Learning in Indonesia in Jakarta.

Press release | Jakarta, Indonesia | 04 December 2018
JAKARTA (Joint Press Release) – In 2016, G20 member states, including Indonesia, have committed to strengthen their efforts to promote quality apprenticeships, enhance employability and adequate job opportunities. Among various forms of work-based learnig, quality apprenticeships are known to facilitate and smoothen the school-to-work transition of youth as they offer demand-driven skills development opportunities that lead to nationally recognized qualifications.

To further strengthen its national efforts in skills development through apprenticeships, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in collaboration with the Indonesian Employers’ Association (Apindo) and the ILO is conducting a one-day Seminar regarding Quality Work-Based Learning in Indonesia on 4 December 2018 in Jakarta. The seminar is supported by the Government of Japan and JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

Indonesia is committed to join forces with other G20 countries to address skills mismatch and youth unemployment. Revitalization of vocational education and training (VET) is now one of the priorities of the Government of Indonesia to improve and strengthen skills of Indonesian workers and to increase the readiness of Indonesian workers in facing globalization, technological changes as well as structural changes in economies."

Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy for Coordination of Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness of Cooperation and SMEs of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs
The Seminar is aimed to promote knowledge sharing with a view to facilitating social dialogue on skills development in Indonesia, particularly on quality apprenticeships. It presents policy initiatives of G20 member states to promote quality apprenticeships based on a recent ILO study, national good practices, and practical tools to implement quality apprenticeships gathered from six countries. This is also in line with the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly its Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth.

“Indonesia is committed to join forces with other G20 countries to address skills mismatch and youth unemployment. Revitalization of vocational education and training (VET) is now one of the priorities of the Government of Indonesia to improve and strengthen skills of Indonesian workers and to increase the readiness of Indonesian workers in facing globalization, technological changes as well as structural changes in economies,” said Rudy Salahuddin, Deputy for Coordination of Creative Economy, Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness of Cooperation and SMEs of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.

Together with the Government of Indonesia, Apindo is ready to support the implementation of the certified apprenticeship programme. Good quality work-based learning will help develop skills needed in our economy and boost competitiveness of Indonesia."

Bob Azam, Head of Training Development Committee of DPN Apindo
The same commitment is also highlighted by Bob Azam, Head of Training Development Committee of DPN Apindo. The industries have an important role in the effective implementation of quality apprenticeships. “Together with the Government of Indonesia, Apindo is ready to support the implementation of the certified apprenticeship programme. Good quality work-based learning will help develop skills needed in our economy and boost competitiveness of Indonesia,” he said.

The seminar is also part of the series implementation of the Roadmap on Development of Education and Vocational Training 2017-2025, which has highlighted that one of the fundamental improvements that should be done is the quality improvement and the involvement of relevant stakeholders in the apprenticeship programme as part of the effort to accelerate the improvement of human resources in Indonesia.

The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs presents the policy frameworks that deepen industry-VET collaboration in skills development, including the Roadmap on Development of Education and Vocational Training 2017-2025, and the National Apprenticeship Programme. Meanwhile the Ministry of Manpower presents their National Apprenticeship Framework Program. And Apindo discusses strategies to prepare the readiness of industries in implementing the apprenticeships.

As one of the implementations of the Roadmap, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs is now finalizing the Critical Occupation List (COL), a list of urgently needed job. Based on the assessment, there are 35 needed jobs. These jobs, among others, include programmer, mobile phone developer, cloud solution architect and curriculum developer.

The COL is important in assisting the decision making for strategic policies, particularly on training, education and employment; meanwhile the list helps workers to easily choose the right training and education that are suitable with the basic needs of the job. COL is going to be launched by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs in January 2019 and could be online accessed through a website named Skills Monitoring System.

Engaging the industry in the design and delivery of vocational education and training is a key to enhance skills development and improve youth employment. It is hoped that Indonesia continues to strengthen its effort to improve the quality of work-based learning, particularly apprenticeships, as a viable response to skills mismatch."

Kazutoshi Chatani, the ILO’s Employment Specialist
Various apprenticeship experiences are also shared by companies and organizations that have implemented apprenticeship programmes: Representatives of Bumi Wiyata Hotel and PT Trans Retail Indonesia share their apprenticeship training programmes; PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia presents its on-the-job-training initiatives; and SMK Mitra Industri MM2100 demonstrates how industry-vocational education partnership can improve skills and employment prospects of youth.

In addition, voices and aspirations of young apprentices are featured. Some young apprentices share their experiences in participating at the apprenticeship programmes. They share what they have learnt, benefits gained and the impact of apprenticeship training on their employability and their lives.

“Engaging the industry in the design and delivery of vocational education and training is a key to enhance skills development and improve youth employment. It is hoped that Indonesia continues to strengthen its effort to improve the quality of work-based learning, particularly apprenticeships, as a viable response to skills mismatch” said Kazutoshi Chatani, the ILO’s Employment Specialist.

For further information please contact:

Dede Sudono
ILO’s Officer on Quality Apprenticeship
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 119
Email: dede@ilo.org

Gita F. Lingga
ILO’s Communications Officer
Tel.: +6221 3913112 ext. 111
Email: gita@ilo.org