The Jakarta Post
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto inaugurated on Friday a vocational education program for Central Java and Yogyakarta to strengthen cooperation between vocational schools and industrial companies across the two provinces.
Launched at the Apac Inti Corpora industrial complex in Bawen, Semarang regency, Central Java, the program synergizes 117 companies and 389 vocational schools (SMK) in Central Java and Yogyakarta.
The first "link-and-match" program initiated by the Industry Ministry was previously launched in Mojokerto, East Java, and involved 50 companies and 234 SMKs.
“We have adjusted curriculum to provide 18 industrial skills and competencies, which will connect SMKs and companies,” said Airlangga.
“The Industry Vocational Education Program is a prioritized step and aims to prepare skilled workers for the demands of the business world today.”
The minister further said amid current global competition, improving the quality of human resources was crucial to staying ahead of the competition.
Under the program, Airlangga said, 1,775 SMKs and 845,000 students would cooperate with 355 companies until 2019.
The program would also be launched in stages in Banten, Jakarta, West Java and several areas across Sumatra and other provinces across the country, he added.
To develop and improve industrial skills of SMK students, several schools were granted training equipment by various companies, including mobile phone company PT Evercross Technology Indonesia; UPVC manufacturer PT Terryham Proplas Indonesia; cigarette company PT Djarum; vehicle companies PT Astra Honda Motor and PT Astra Daihatsu Motor; herbal medicine factory PT Sido Muncul and the Indonesian Plastic Recycling Association (ADUPI). (ebf)