BackgroundGiven the deepening global and regional economic integration, the maritime sector has gathered a growth momentum with an increasing demand for skilled workforce. Reflecting this trend, Indonesia launched the Global Maritime Fulcrum initiative which aim to place Indonesia to be a regional maritime power. The country envisages maritime economic growth by improving inter-connectivity among islands and promoting Indonesia’s integration in the global maritime trade. Therefore, investment in maritime skills development is a high priority for the country in order to tap growing maritime economic and employment opportunities and realizes the aspiration of building a prosperous maritime nation.
With the funding support of the government of the United Kingdom under its Global Skills for Prosperity Programmeme (see annex), the ILO implements a development cooperation project (UKPF project) with the objective of strengthening maritime skills development. The project intends to improve the governance and the financing of skills development, strengthen industry engagement in skills development, and promote gender and social inclusion in the maritime sector. The UKPF project operates in four locations in Indonesia: Surabaya, Batam, Manado and Semarang. It collaborates with national higher educational institutions including Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) and Politeknik Perkapalan Negeri Surabaya (PPNS) along with other partners to achieve the project goals.