Govt searches for ways to bridge yawning skills gap

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is pursuing a grand vision to develop the nation’s human capital, with the government stepping up efforts to bridge the skills gap and bring more unemployed people into the workforce by improving vocational schools and training.

But the ‘Capturing Indonesia’s Automation Potential‘ report by AlphaBeta and Prospera finds the problem more deep-rooted, the Jakarta Post reports. The study argued that Indonesia’s relatively low per capita spending on education compared to neighboring countries had hampered development.

“Industry stakeholders continue to report mismatches between the breadth and quality of skills they need and the skills taught in vocational and other educational institutions,” a section of the study states.

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