Indonesia takes steps to reform certification of construction workers

Indonesia takes steps to reform certification of construction workers

Illustration. Workers are active in the construction project of the Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road. (ANTARA PHOTO/Sigid Kurniawan)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian government has taken several steps to reform the certification of construction workers as part of its efforts to develop quality human resources in the infrastructure sector, an official stated.

"We have reformed all (regulations), including those from the government and our colleagues at LPJK (Construction Service Development Institute). This way, the funds given by the public can be returned back to them through the certification," Director General of Construction Management at the Public Works and Housing Ministry Syarif Burhanuddin stated here on Thursday.

Burhanuddin noted that Indonesia was facing numerous challenges in terms of construction workers, with only 5.96 percent of the 8.14 million construction workers certified.

Nearly 5.98 million of the total construction workers graduated from senior high school or below, while 2.15 million of them graduated from above senior high school, he remarked.

In total, 767,179 construction workers have secured certificates, comprising 525,857 skilled workers and 241,322 professional workers, he noted.

"Of course, the number is far from sufficient to support the increasing infrastructure development, and we need to speed up the certification of construction workers. To produce quality construction workers, we have no other choice left but to certify them," he explained.

Reporting by Muhammad Razi Rahman
Editing by Suharto, Bustanuddin