Saturday, 23 September 2017

West Sumatra Supports SMK Business World in Determining Expertise

Illustration. SMK student. (Antara)
Padang, (Antara Sumbar) - West Sumatra Provincial Government fully supports the business world in determining subjects in the field of expertise in Vocational High School (SMK) so that in accordance with the needs of the world of work.

"This is a very good innovation because the percentage of SMK graduates directly absorbed by the world of work, certainly increasing," Vice Governor of West Sumatra, Nasrul Abit stated in Padang, Friday (Aug 25).

He said that it is related to government's efforts to reduce the open unemployment rate in West Sumatra, which reached 5.8 percent in 2017.

He requested Education Office and Office of Manpower and Transmigration to immediately coordinate to the center regarding implementation of the policy.

All companies in West Sumatra, according to him can be involved in the program by providing input to government related to the needs of workers with certain skills required.

It will be communicated with West Sumatra Education Office to be synchronized with subjects in SMK.

But the most important of scheme, he added is a clear cooperation between SMK, Education Office, West Sumatra Manpower and Transmigration Office with the company.

A ready-to-use workforce declared to be graduated with the expertise that the company requested must be absorbed by company.

In addition to the scheme, the Training Center (BLK) in the districts and cities can also be used to improve quality of graduates of SMA / SMK so that in accordance with the needs of the world of work.

Currently, he said from 320 BLK in West Sumatera, 108 of them have been able to issue certification to their graduates.

He said the expertise gained from BLK is the best capital to be able to help graduate high school / vocational school in search of work.

Head of West Sumatra Manpower and Transmigration Office, Nasrizal explained that his party is open to innovations aimed at increasing the manpower capacity in the area, especially to reduce unemployment.

"This new policy can be coordinated with the local Education Office related to its implementation in the field," he said.

Earlier, Director General of Primary and Secondary Education of Ministry of Education and Culture, Hamid Muhammad said that various business sectors could request the addition of special skills subjects in Vocational High School (SMK), as long as the orientation of the company concerned.

It can be possible because the SMK curriculum is made up of three classifications of education, namely normative subjects, adaptive and subjects are skilled, according to their respective majors.

The involvement of the world of work lies in the last classification of subjects of expertise. (cha)

Editor: Vicha Faradika

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