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Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed Memorandum of Understanding

During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Federal Councilor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann signed the Memorandum of understanding between the Swiss Government and the Indonesian Government, represented by the Minister of Industry. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) provides the legal base for the new Vocational Training Programme "Skills for Competitiveness" (S4C) in Indonesia. This programme will be implemented by Swisscontact (lead) with SITECO and the Fachhochschule Biel.

The structure and dynamics of the Indonesian labour market poses one of the major challenges for the Indonesian economy and its future growth: the 1.7 million youth who enter the workforce each year outpace the growth in the number of jobs. The complexity of skills required is not adequately matched with the qualifications obtainable through the current Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. 

The Skills for Competitiveness (S4C), financed by SECO is aligned to national strategies and based on clear demand from the Government of Indonesia (GoI). S4C shall spearhead an overall breakthrough of VET reforms in Indonesia and reinforce the relationship between the education system and the local industry to strengthen quality of training and employability of graduates.

The Programme’s Theory of Change

An important contribution to an improved quality of the overall Poly system in Indonesia is made through the strengthening of Polytechnic institutes (Polys) and through the improvement of structures and services between Polys and industry. This will result in better qualified young Indonesians able to fill middle management positions within the industry and optimize production processes. Respective companies will be more competitive, increase their international market share and therefore provide more and decent jobs, ultimately resulting in lower youth unemployment and improved life opportunities for the young generation in Indonesia.

Kick off on the 1st of February 2018

S4C is designed as an 8-year programme with the first phase starting on the 1st of February 2018.

 

 

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