VP Ma’ruf Amin Inspects Lembang Vocational Training, Productivity Center in West Java
Employment is still a major issue in Indonesia that becomes a great concern. In a bid to solve the issue, especially amid the uncertainty economic condition affected by COVID-19 pandemic, it is required for the Government to make breakthrough.
For the record, a report from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the unemployment rate in Indonesia from August 2020 until March 2021 increased from 5.2 percent until approximately 7 percent. Thus, workforce’s quality is vital in order to decrease the unemployment rate and boost national economic.
Qualified workforce with competencies and productivities is one of the keys to foster potential of industrial sectors so that qualified economic growth can be achieved, according to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin during the inspection at the Lembang Vocational Training and Productivity Center in West Bandung regency, West Java province, Wednesday (03/23).
The Vice President further said that the Vocational Training and Productivity Center (BPVP) plays an important role in developing advanced human resources and skilled workforces.
“The good quality of education will produce progressive and productive human resources so that they will be able to improve their standard of living, adding that, vocational training is a form of education that is implementative and important for the world of work, ” the Vice President added.
Through the vocational programs carried out by the BPVP, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin expressed his optimism that Indonesia will create workforces with practical competencies that are ready to work in every industry.
On that occasion, the Vice President said that there are still problems related to employment in Indonesia including mismatch between school curriculum and industry requirements, mismatch between the number of job opportunities from the industry and the number of vocational graduates, unavailability of industrial maps in several regions, and mismatch between facilities procurement at training centers and industrial needs.
To that end, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin emphasized that it is required to provide concrete steps to “bridge” job seekers with job market through link and match solution in order to solve the employment issue so that the issue can always be the Government’s priority.
Furthermore, the Vice President also expressed his hope that the BPVP throughout Indonesia can improve their services’ quality and continue to be involved in handling employment and productivity issues in Indonesia so that Indonesian human resources will be more qualified, productive, and prosperous. (BPMI of Vice President’s Secretariat/UN) (AP/LW)