The Ministry of Industry has chosen three companies to accomodate a curriculum for 20 vocational schools (SMK) spread over West Java, East Java, and Sout Sulawesi as a part of Link and Match program. The program aims to improve vocational school student’s competencies to meet industry’s demands.
The three companies are PT Petrokimia Gresik, which will collaborate with seven SMK in East Java, PT Astra Honda Motor, which will collaborate with nine SMK, and PT Polytama Propindo, which will collaborate with four SMK. Through discussions facilitated by the Ministry of Industry, these companies have agreed to implement the link and match program.
“The discussion we have done was on the context of building infrastructure for competencies in vocational schools, industry’s competency based curriculum development, industrial work practice and internship for students and teachers, instructor provision by the industry, as well as workshop and teaching factories for vocational schools,” explained the Ministry of Industry’s Secretary General Syarif Hidayat, on Tuesday (29/11).
He further explained that this cooperation was officiated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by five ministries. They are the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Culture and Education, the Ministry of Research and Technology and Higher Education, the Ministry of Manpower, and the Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises.
Through this MoU, he hoped that not just the student’s but also the teacher’s compentencies will improve. “The MoU emphasizes teachers’ competencies through education, training, industrial internship, quality and quantity improvements of the means and infrastructure of vocational education,” he explained.
To complement Syarif, the Industrial Minister Airlangga Hartanto revealed that the link and match curriculum implementation is in accordance with the Presidential Regulation No. 9 of 2016.
Going forward, vocational schools will not be the one utilized. The Ministry of Industry has targeted seven polytechnics to be built around industrial area to meet industry’s spesification.
“The vocational polytechnics and community academy concept will adopt up to 80-90% of the dual system education concept of Germany. In this system, one semester will consists of two months theory and practice in campus, and three months internship in an industrial company,” Airlangga concluded. (bir/gen)