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Jakarta Post

Pre-employment cards bring new hope to low-skilled job seekers

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 17, 2019   /  04:01 pm
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Two job seekers look at job openings during the Mega Career Expo in Balai Kartini, Jakarta, on Aug. 23, 2013.(JP/Nurhayati)

Although he is earning a living as an app-based motorcycle taxi driver, Rahman dreams of a steady job. The 35-year-old now feels closer to achieving that dream. The government has introduced a pre-employment program, which will enable him to improve his skills and, hopefully, increase his chances of landing a job. “I saw it once when I watched a news program on television, and I’m very interested in enrolling,” Rahman said near the Fatmawati MRT station in South Jakarta on Monday. Rahman said he had always wanted to improve his skills but could not afford to pay for vocational training. Through the program, which involves the issuance of a pre-employment card, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hopes to reduce the unemployment rate and teach new skills to Indonesia’s workforce to keep up with the ever-changing digital economy and combat job los...