One of key elements is the Industrial Cooperation

Collaboration between education institutions and industries is one of key elements of dual vocational education and training. Swisscontact’s Skills for Competitiveness (S4C) helps partner polytechnics and community academy build concepts, methods and action plans for implementing industrial cooperation or PSC (Private Sector Cooperation).

PSC activities can take various forms: internships, company visit, guest lecturer, career guidance, school promotion, curricula development, and project-based learning. It is recommended that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between school and company be established as written guidelines for both parties.

The leader of educational institutions should establish or strengthen cooperation units that will arrange programs, negotiate with potential private partners, and monitor the implementation of collaborative programs.

“I have learnt a lot from the industrial internship program. It ranges from technical skills, problem solving ability, adaptation on the work environment, and teamwork development to character and responsibility building. The pocket money from company can even relieve my parents”, stated Subhan Ali, a polytechnic student in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia.

S4C, funded by SECO (Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs), is collaborating with Indonesian line ministries and industries to establish dual VET (vocational education and training) system through selected polytechnics/community academy in metal, manufacturing, food and furniture/wood, which are among key contributors to the national development.

The main output will be competent graduates employed by industries. S4C implementation started in July 2018. Partners: Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH-CDC), Association for Swiss International Technical Connection (SITECO), Agency for Industry Human Resource Development (BPSDMI) of the Ministry of Industry (MoI) and Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (MORTHE).