Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 05:32 WIB

Industry Ministry Urges Development of Industry-Based Polytechnical Institutions

Indonesia Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto (setkab)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Indonesia Ministry of Industry continues to encourage the replication of polytechnic institution development that links and matches the industry in an effort to create competent and ready-to-work human capitals. This is also in order to meet the industrial revolution era 4.0 and take the momentum of demographic bonuses in Indonesia.

"In our readiness to transform into the era of the digital industry, it requires re-skilling HR in the industrial sector so that they are able to compete. Moreover, on the road map of Making Indonesia 4.0, the big aspiration is to realize Indonesia is among the 10 strongest economies in the world by 2030, "said Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto in Jakarta.

The Minister of Industry explained, in order to continue to boost the quality of industrial human resources in the country, the President has instructed to make additional polytechnics, especially in industrial estates.

This is in line with the focus of the development agenda in the second period of his leadership, namely the development of skilled human resources.

"Now, we already have 10 polytechnics and 2 community academies. In addition, the government will continue to encourage the empowerment of communities around industrial estates, "he said.

Regarding the acceleration of the vocational education program, the government has poured in the National Medium Term Development Plan (RPJM) 2020-2024, with a target of adding 500 polytechnics that link and match the industry.

In the past two years, the Ministry of Industry has built four new polytechnics, one of which is the Metal Industry Polytechnic in Morowali, Central Sulawesi.

"The facilities there are very good, even more complete than the lab facilities at the Bandung Institute of Technology. The Chancellor and his professor are paid quite high, "said Airlangga.

Then, the Ministry of Industry also established the Academy of Textile Communities in Solo, the Academy of Manufacturing Industry Communities in Bantaeng, and the Polytechnic of the Furniture and Wood Processing Industry in the Kendal Industrial Estate.

More than 90 percent of students graduating from the polytechnic are directly absorbed by the industry because of their competency according to the current needs of the field.

The super deductible tax incentive is a tax relief given for industrial contributions in the program of creating skilled labor needed by the manufacturing sector. The Ministry of Industry has identified a number of industrial sectors that are encouraged to be able to build polytechnics.

"One of them is Astra, which makes a polytechnic in Cikarang. So far, Indorama or Astra have made polytechnics for their own needs, there are only 100 graduates, now they must be added. Then at Atmi Solo and Atmi Cikarang, there are only 100-150 graduates, "he said.

With this policy, the government and the industrial sector co-produced industrial human resources, because the government assessed the industries that knew the needs of HR the most. The Ministry of Industry continues to encourage the private sector to participate in preparing competent human resources in the industry.