The Industry Ministry has said it had linked 143 companies in Jakarta and Banten with 292 vocational schools (SMKs) to educate students to become skilled workers needed by the relevant industries.
"A total of 612 cooperation deals were signed today between schools and industries,” said Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto on Monday when launching the ministry’s fifth “link and match” program in Cilegon, Banten, on Monday.
Currently, 1,537 vocational schools have been linked to 568 industries in East Java, Central Java, West Java, Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, Riau Islands, Jakarta and Banten.
Under the “link and match” program, schools cooperate with industries to provide students with working experience based on the programs studied in their schools, said Airlangga, adding that the program was an implementation of Presidential Instruction No. 9/2016 on SMK revitalization.
Airlangga said the ministry was looking forward to “link and match” programs in Southern Sumatra provinces — Jambi, Bengkulu, South Sumatra, Bangka Belitung, and Lampung — as well as in South Sulawesi.
He added that the ministry aimed to link 1,795 SMKs all over the country to the relevant industries by 2019. (ami/bbn)