The Jakarta Post
A mismatch between industry demand and the skills of existing job seekers remains a problem for companies and a hindrance to government efforts to reduce the unemployment rate.
Due to this, companies still find it difficult to obtain competent workers among an estimated 7 million job seekers at present, the chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Rosan P. Roeslani said in Jakarta on Tuesday.
“If we can’t solve this problem, it will become a time bomb as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is already in place and we will lose our competitiveness,” he said, adding that a failure of the industry-education sector link-and-match program was to blame.
KADIN and the Manpower Ministry agreed to establish a joint effort to improve workers’ skills through vocational education in Jakarta on Tuesday. Usually workers are trained by their respective companies after their recruitment, said Rosan.
After signing the agreement, Manpower Minister Hanif Dakhiri said the government and businesses would design a series of programs that included training, internships and certification. (sha/bbn)
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