Some fundamental issues of vocational education in the country must also become our common concern
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has pointed out that several fundamental issues of vocational education in Indonesia should become a common concern to ensure the creation of superior human resources among vocational high school graduates (SMK).
“Some core issues of vocational education in the country must also become our common concern,” Amin noted in his address during the Advanced Indonesia Vocational Training at the Vocational Training and Productivity Center (BPVP) in West Bandung. , West Java, Wednesday.
Amin pointed out that various basic problems in vocational education include absorption of industry which is not in line with the number of SMK graduates, curriculum which is not in line with the needs of industry, regions do not have an industrial card and result in SMK graduates not having a curriculum in line with industrial needs, as well as the provision of facilities and infrastructure that do not correspond to current industry needs.
“Therefore, I believe that the existence of the Vocational Training Center (BLK) should be extended. The Ministry of Manpower should also accelerate the transformation program of the BLK by building a central technical execution unit ( UPTP) in a province,” he explained.
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Amin noted that only 21 UPTP BLKs are currently spread across 16 provinces. The synergy between the Ministry of Manpower, the local government and the industrial sector was considered crucial in supporting the achievement of the UPTP BLK, both in terms of quantity and quality.
The Vice President is optimistic that UPTP BLK, which had started to transform into a Vocational Training and Productivity Center (BPVP), can be present in all provinces of Indonesia. The objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of the national workforce and train it to become entrepreneurs.
Amin also pointed out that the transformation of BLK into BPVP should be more visible in the planned training program. The vice president said the training program was important for people wanting to start working or setting up their own business.
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On this occasion, Amin also took the time to discuss with the participants and those involved in vocational training.
He had a dialogue with one of the BPVP participants with physical disabilities, Ono Syaifudin.
Syaifudin told Amin that he was participating in the training to bake top quality cakes and breads. He said the training he received was extremely useful for his current life.
Other disabled people who participated in the training also received the same benefits as him, he said.
“Praise God I was able to learn the training material,” he remarked.
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