CIREBON REGENCY- The Provincial Government of West Java (West Java) together with the Department of Manpower and Transmigration (Disnakertrans) are trying to reduce the unemployment rate, one of which is through Smart Nakertrans.
In Smart Nakertrans, there is a Mobile Training Unit (MTU) program, an independent work training that is carried out in a community residence by presenting the MTU fleet.
In West Java, training through MTU focuses on the agriculture, tourism and entrepreneurship sectors. Deputy Governor of West Java Uu Ruzhanul Ulum also positively welcomed the Independent Work Training through MTU Batch VII held by West Java Manpower and Transmigration Office.
"With MTU, people do not need to go to training sites, but the country that is present in the middle of the community provides training," Uu said at Al Ishlah Islamic Boarding School 2 Buntet Village, Kec. Astanajapura, Kab. Cirebon, Tuesday (10/9/19).
Uu also said that the unemployment trend in West Java fell by 0.44 percent in 2019 from 8.17 percent in August 2018. Even so, the number of open unemployment in West Java is approximately 1.84 million people classified as still high.
In addition to Smart Nakertrans, there are two other excellent programs from West Java Manpower and Transmigration Office namely Migrant Champion and Millennial Champion.
The MTU itself becomes a handling model given by the West Java Provincial Government to reduce the discrepancy between the curriculum taught in schools and the competency needs in the industrial world.
"By providing training, both at the level of hard skills and soft skills, the work training aims to increase the quality and competitiveness of the participants so that later they can have work opportunities and business opportunities," Uu said.
After the youth are able to become independent workers and form new business units, they are expected to be able to develop their businesses to absorb labor. So, later the level of open unemployment can decrease and the economic level of the villagers increases.
Regarding MTU Batch VII which was held in a boarding school environment, Uu said that the program was right on target because in the future the students were not only equipped with religious knowledge, but also other skills including entrepreneurship.
The Head of West Java Manpower and Transmigration Office, M. Ade Afriandi, said that MTU aims to increase skills, interests, and form business groups, so that it is expected to reduce unemployment. At this MTU, a number of students were educated who did not yet have skills and job opportunities.
"30 participants took part, the results of the recruitment and direction of the participants' interest, there were 15 people in the culinary field and 15 students in the basic electric welding field," said Ade.
Ade said that he also provided professional staff as teachers. Through a participatory approach, technical training is carried out in the Al Ishlah II Islamic Boarding School, while soft skills training is conducted at the Independent Work Training Center of the West Java Manpower and Transmigration Office in Bandung.
"Training for five calendar days, divided into two four-day technical stages, one-day soft skills in Bandung," he added.
The Chairman of Al Ishlah II Islamic Boarding School, Kiai Soleh Zuhdi, expressed his appreciation for the program initiated by the West Java Regional Government and Manpower and Transmigration Office. Kiai Soleh Zuhdi also hoped that MTU could bring benefits to the students.
"We as leaders of the Islamic boarding school, hopefully bring blessings to us all. Take all these opportunities, don't play around, practice seriously," concluded Kiai Soleh Zuhdi.