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Jakarta Post

Discourse: Preemployment card all about skills, not salary for unemployed

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, August 19 2019   /  01:33 am
Hanif Dhakiri (JP/Jerry Adiguna)(JP/Jerry Adiguna)

Hanif Dhakiri (JP/Jerry Adiguna)The government plans to implement a preemployment card program to cope with the skills mismatch, which has become a real problem in the country’s labor force as the educational system has not yet been able to produce the skills needed by industry.First mentioned by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during an election campaign in February of last year, the program has its pros and cons. However, due to a lack of details, the preemployment card has often been wrongly interpreted. Some people regard it as being ineffective while others see it as an important program to solve the unemployment problem in the country.Although there are still uncertainties here and there, the program will be implemented beginning next year. The government has allocated Rp 10.3 trillion (US$725.86 million) in the state budget for the program, which could benefit as many as 2 mi...