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    Phase II Vocational Education Industry in West Java is Officially Launched

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    SUKABUMI REGENCY - Ministry of Industry (Ministry of Industry) Republic of Indonesia launched Phase II Industrial Vocational Education Program for West Java Region. The program launch took place at PT Anugerah Indofood Barokah Makmur, Cicurug, Sukabumi Regency, Monday (03/18/19).

    The launch was carried out directly by the Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto along with Vice Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, as well as Director General of Metal, Machinery, Transportation and Electronics (Ilmate) Ministry of Industry Harjanto, Director General of Primary and Secondary Education Hamid Muhammad Ministry of Education and Culture, and Director General Social Ministry Rehabilitation Edi Suharto.

    The industrial vocational education program is an effort to build industrial link and match with Vocational Schools (SMK) throughout West Java. At the Phase II launch in West Java, 631 cooperation agreements were signed between 128 industrial companies with 415 SMKs. In addition, there are also grants for machines and equipment to support the practice of Vocational Schools from 28 companies to 208 Vocational Schools.

    In his remarks, the Vice Governor Uu hoped that this industrial vocational program could be a solution to the problem of unemployment and vocational graduates in West Java. Moreover vocational education is given as a result of collaboration between Vocational Schools and direct companies.

    "We hope that this activity will become one of the solutions to employment absorption and the provision of expertise to students, especially vocational children in West Java," hoped Uu.

    Uu revealed that one of the problems of Vocational Schools in West Java is not in line with the current school curriculum with industry. For this reason, the Regional Government of West Java Province plans to overhaul the vocational curriculum which is not in line with current economic needs. Moreover, SMK is one of the biggest contributors to unemployment in West Java.

    The Vocational curriculum reshuffle aims to make graduates able to be absorbed by industry or companies. Later, the vocational curriculum in West Java will become a partnership with several employment providers.

    "One of the problems with vocational schools in West Java is the incompatibility between the vocational curriculum and the industry's competency needs," said Uu.

    Since its launch in 2017, this vocational education program has partnered 2,604 SMKs with 885 companies. This achievement exceeded the Ministry of Industry's target of 2,600 SMKs with 750 companies.

    According to Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, the launch of the Industrial Vocational Education program is the Xth stage of a series of link and match programs between Vocational Schools and industries throughout Indonesia. This is a priority for the government through the Ministry of Industry. For this reason, the government also encourages higher education such as polytechnics to carry out Industrial Vocational Education programs.

    "This vocational education is a priority for the government, because in addition to SMK we also encourage polytechnics," Airlangga said in his speech.

    On this occasion, Minister Airlangga also opened 3 in 1 training for 260 people, consisting of 75 people who will participate in animation training and 85 training for footwear, and 25 people will join the garment training. They will be placed in several companies in Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang, Solo, Banten and Bandung.

    In addition, on January 31, 2019, the Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Social Affairs opened a 3 in 1 system training program for 368 people with disabilities in the garment and footwear industry stationed in 11 companies. At the launch of the Industrial Vocational Education Program Phase II West Java, Minister Airlangga also opened 3 in 1 training for 60 people with disabilities who will be placed in garment and footwear companies, so that the total of persons with disabilities who have been trained, certified, and placed in companies reach 523 person.

    Furthermore, Minister Airlangga also said that the Ministry of Industry is targeting the provision of 1 million certified workers up to 2019. Certification is carried out through 6 (six) main programs, namely:

    Competency-based vocational education towards dual systems,
    Polytechnic development in industrial estates and the Industrial Growth Center (WPPI),
    Development of link and match programs between Vocational Schools and industries, which until now have signed a total of 4,971 cooperation agreements,
    Diklat with a 3 in 1 system (Training, Certification, and Job Placement), where in 2017 training has been conducted on 32,000 people and in 2019 targeted at 72,000 people,
    Development of competency infrastructure (SKKN, LSP, and Competency Certification), as well as
    Development of innovation center and HR development industry 4.0.
    "We encourage innovation and education, so that the economy can increase and (industry) manufacturing can increase competitiveness, "he said.

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