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Jakarta Post

Why skills development is even more imperative for Indonesia

  • Tauvik Muhamad and Dede Shinta Sudono


Jakarta   /   Sat, July 11 2020   /  01:00 am
Practice makes perfect: A total of 23 disabled people from various cities across the country take part in a two-month sewing training workshop at Griya Pelatihan training center at PT Apac Inti Corpora in Semarang, Central Java. After completing the training, participants will be offered jobs in various garment factories. The program is being run by Better Work Indonesia under the International Labor Organization (ILO). (JP/Suherdjoko) )

In its most recent update, the World Bank officially upgraded the status of Indonesia from low- to upper-middle income country. While the upgrade offers a positive impact by building trust and attracting better investments, improving the quality of Indonesia’s human resources through skills development is a critical requirement. This is in line with the ILO’s Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work in 2019, which calls on governments to create a set of measures addressing the challenges of unprecedented transformational change in the world of work, focusing on the human-centered economic agenda.   The declaration focuses on three areas of action, namely increasing investments in people’s capabilities, the institutions of work and decent and sustainable work. However, this will not be an easy job as the country is facing an unexpected economic downturn be...