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Jakarta Post

Nahdlatul Ulama launches online career center for members

  • Mardika Parama

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 29, 2020   /   06:52 pm
Nahdlatul Ulama launches online career center for members President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center, right) attends the 73th anniversary celebration of Muslimat NU, the women’s wing of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), in Jakarta in this undated photo. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Nahdhalatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organization, has launched online career center to help its member apply for jobs and improve their skills, according to the organization’s officials.

The online platform was established through a collaboration between the organization’s professional association, NU Circle, and career center developer TopKarir Indonesia, and is designed to prepare NU’s youth members to enter the workforce.

“We hope that through this platform, santri [Islamic boarding school students] and former santri will have the same employment opportunities as others,” NU Circle talent development head Bayu Janitra said during the platform’s online launch on Wednesday.

The platform provides job search and posting features, information of scholarships and internships and an online training and certification center.

Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Teten Masduki, who also participated in the launch ceremony, expressed hope the platform would help pesantren (Islamic boarding school) graduates gain employment in the formal sector.

“During my visit with President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to local pesantren, many kyai [Islamic teacher] expressed hope their students could have professional careers. Hopefully, the career center can develop the skills of our santri,” Teten said.

The application uses the TopKarir platform but is operated by NU and prioritizes NU members, although the website is accessible for the general public, NU Circle chairman Gatot Prio Utomo said.

In addition to launching the career center, Bayu said the organization was also developing an end-to-end programming training course for santri in collaboration with state lender Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and the Indonesian Islamic Economy Expert Association (IAEI).

“We’re developing the Santri Developer program to provide online and offline end-to-end training for our santri. We hope the State-Owned Enterprise Ministry and the cooperatives ministry can support the initiative,” he said.

NU claims to have around 60 million members across the country and has had a major influence on the country’s politics and government since its founding in 1926.

Ma’ruf Amin, a senior cleric within the organization, was elected as the country’s vice president in 2019.