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Indonesia, Germany inch closer to partnership in vocational training

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 13, 2017   /   10:27 am
Indonesia, Germany inch closer to partnership in vocational training Closer cooperation: German Economic Cooperation and Development Federal Minister Gerd Müller (left) and National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro take a picture after signing a letter of intent for a technical and vocational education and training partnership, at Bappenas office in Jakarta on Friday. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

Indonesia and Germany have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to deepen their partnership in the field of technical and vocational education and training.

National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro said under the LoI, Germany would assist Indonesia to build an internship program for vocational students. Students of vocational schools attending the program would be placed in private companies.

“Currently, we have received support for the internship program from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin). To tackle technical aspects of the program, we will learn from Germany,” Bambang said after the LoI signing ceremony in Jakarta on Friday.

He explained further that in the field of education, Indonesia had two main areas of focus. First, it would increase the quality of teachers and second, it aimed to reform vocational training. To improve the quality of teachers in vocational schools, the government would require teachers to follow an internship program as well.

“It is part of our short-term target to push vocational students and teachers to attend an internship program. We will get assistance from GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit - German Corporation for International Cooperation),” he said.

German Economic Cooperation and Development Federal Minister Gerd Müller hoped the cooperation would increase the quality of Indonesian youth’s futures.

“Indonesian youth need jobs and a [bright] future, and we from Germany will strive to build closer cooperation,” he said. (ebf)