Jakarta, 1 February 2017 – PEKA SINERGI brought together public and private sector stakeholders for a roundtable discussion on the supply and demand of skilled labour for renewable energy jobs, and the evolving role of vocational education in Indonesia’s RE labour market.
The two-day session took place at Jakarta’s Gran Melia Hotel and was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Ministry of Education and Culture, renewable energy associations, independent power producers (IPPs) and development partners.
During his opening address, Director of SMK, MOEC, Mustaghfirin Amin noted that vocational education was ‘ready to synergize’ with the renewable energy sector to develop skilled workers. At present, teaching of RE takes places in only a handful of vocational schools across Indonesia, and Mustaghfirin pledged to increase this number to 100 to match the growing demand of the sector’s labour market.
Also in attendance was Poppy Ismalina, Associate Director of Green Knowledge at the Millenium Challenge Account – Indonesia, which is providing grant funding to PEKA SINERGI. Ms. Ismalina emphasized that MCA-Indonesia ‘support the coordinated efforts of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Energy and Mining. We would like to promote this into national program.”
Marthen K Pattiung, Head of PEKA SINERGI implementing partner TEDC Bandung, highlighted the importance close cooperation between supply-side skills training institutions and demand-side RE employers. Mr. Marthen noted that he was hopeful that such partnerships could address the challenges currently facing vocational schools looking to start renewable energy programs, including perceived lack of job opportunities and inconsistent teacher skill level.
At the end of the two-day discussion, participants agreed on several priorities for the sector, including developing cooperation between local businesses and SMKs on skills supply and demand, further support from MCA-Indonesia on cross-sectoral communication amongst line ministries, and a commitment from the Vocational Education Directorate in the Ministry of Education to open one hundred renewable programs at local vocational schools and train 500 teachers for these programs.