In its article “Education institutions told to develop human resources for Industry 4.0”, Jakarta Post said that the government has urged education institutions to cooperate in developing manpower for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati called for an upgrade in the current educational system, and said that the government had allocated 20 percent of its total budget this year for education, equal to US$35.4 billion.
“Improving education is a part of President Joko Widodo’s plan to invest in human resources”, Jakarta Post quoted Mulyani Indrawati as saying. She suggested the country require an early start to education to prepare its human resources sooner as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri said that the government will focus on improving the competence of skilled workers by offering them certification programmes. The efforts include bettering boosting access to and further developing the quality of vocational training and internship programmes with the support of the state budget. The government has planned to cooperate with the private sector to provide independent internship programmes.
At a recent seminar focused on manpower in Industry 4.0 in Jakarta, Vice President Jusuf Kalla urged every university graduate to be aware of the changes in the economic system and the fast development of technology.
He was quoted as saying: “An economy that grows as quickly as the technology means a lot of jobs will vanish while new roles emerge. These new fields are what educational institutions should focus on for their students”.
One school that has joined the trend of improving its education system is Prasetiya Mulya University, which introduced an applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program in 2017 to prepare students for the challenges of Industry 4.0, the article wrote.