Gov’t Kicks Off This Year’s Pre-Employment Card Program
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto on Tuesday (23/02) officially opened the 12th batch of the Pre-Employment Card Program which marked the beginning of the program in 2021.
Airlangga, who is also a Chairperson of the Job Creation Committee, said that the Pre-Employment Card Program had successfully carried out its mandate as a competency development program as well as a social protection program during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the Government has decided to continue the Program in 2021, with a total budget of Rp 10 trillion for the first semester this year.
“The Pre-Employment Card Program is part of the National Economic Recovery Program (PEN) for the social protection sector. We hope that the people can take advantage of this program, taking various job skills training and entrepreneurship that can be useful for a living during and after the pandemic,” he explained.
The scheme for the Pre-Employment Card Program in the first semester of 2021 is as follows:
– Training assistance of Rp 1 million.
– Post-training incentive fund amounting to Rp 2.4 million which will be paid in the amount of Rp 600,000 for 4 months.
– Incentive fund for filling out the three evaluation surveys amounting to Rp 150,000, with Rp 50,000 will be paid for each survey.
The total quota for the first semester is 2.7 million participants. The family members listed in the same family card can only have maximum of two persons receiving the Pre-Employment Card. Meanwhile, the quota of participants in the 12th batch is 600,000 participants. Currently there are more than 1,700 trainings from 154 Training Institutions that can be accessed through seven digital platforms.
Registration for the Pre-Employment Card Program is open to all Indonesian citizens aged 18 years and over, including job seekers, new graduates, laid-off employees, employees or entrepreneurs, as long as they are not currently attending formal education.
To encourage equal distribution, the recipients of social assistance from Ministry of Social Affairs, the 2020 Pre-Employment Card recipients, personnel of the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), personnel of the Indonesian National Police (Polri), Government employees, Commissioners or Directors of State-Owned Enterprises/Regional Government-Owned Enterprises, members of the national and regional parliaments, as well as other parties regulated in Regulation of Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Number 11 of 2020, are ineligible for the Pre-Employment Card Program.
Airlangga also extended his appreciation that the Pre-Employment Card Program is a pioneer in public service reforms using end-to-end digital technology.
The success of the Pre-Employment Card Program has been reflected in the National Labor Force Survey (Sakernas) conducted by the Statistics Indonesia (BPS) in August 2020, in which 88.9 percent of Pre-Employment Card recipients stated that their skills had improved. In addition, 81.2 percent of pre-employment card recipients stated that the post-training incentive funds were used to purchase daily needs.
In terms of competency development, the Evaluation Survey conducted by the management of the program shows that 94 percent of pre-employment card recipients have had competency development through skilling, upskilling, and reskilling. More than a third of pre-employment card recipients, who were initially unemployed, have had jobs, either as employees or as entrepreneurs.
Registration for the Pre-Employment Card Program can only be done through the official website www.prakerja.go.id, and the information regarding the program can be accessed on the official Instagram @prakerja.go.id. (PR of Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs/UN) (RI/MMB)