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Jakarta Post

As businesses automate, government struggles with skill training

  • Made Anthony Iswara
    Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 25, 2019   /  07:30 am
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Workers attend a Japanese language class at the government's skill training center in Bekasi in this file picture.(Kompas/.)

The government seems out of breath in running its vocation training centers as a shortage of funds and instructors staunches progress on a nationwide upskilling drive to prevent job losses from automation. The Manpower Ministry’s director general for training and productivity supervision, Satrio Bambang Lelono, said Monday that only half of its 305 skill training centers (BLKs), which teach modules ranging from coding to cooking and from foreign languages to engineering, were considered to be in “good” shape. A lack of instructors was the primary reason for others being deemed mediocre or poor, as fewer than 3,000 instructors at state-run and regional BLKs in 2019 were not even half of the 8,000 instructors needed. “It’s tremendously difficult to fill [vacant posts] with civil servants,” said Satrio, who once managed a BLK in Serang, Bante...