Kendari (ANTARA) - The Manpower Ministry (Kemenaker) has allotted funds reaching Rp5.2 trillion for training and improving the quality of human resources (HR) participating at Vocational Training Centers (BLK) across Indonesia, including in BLK Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi Province.

"The Ministry of Manpower’s total budget is Rp6.9 trillion of which Rp5.2 trillion is set aside for the training of human resources," Director General of Development, Training, and Productivity at Kemenaker Bambang Satrio Lelono stated on Friday.

Bambang revealed that 76 percent of the fund were allocated for the development of human resources, including for the construction of facilities and rejuvenation of equipment at every BLK in Indonesia.

In the past three years, this figure increased three folds more.

Lelono believes it was a manifestation of Kemenaker’s seriousness to respond to national development priority programs, specifically to develop the quality of human resources.

"The budget is for implementing programs to improve competency and productivity of labor that will be trained in 2020 reaching as many as 500 thousand people and will also certify 381,065 people," he remarked.

Lelono gave due emphasis to training as being one of the solutions for every workforce to improve their skills and to get jobs.

To this end, Lelono urged participants in the BLK Kendari to not only hone their skills, encompassing technical and soft skills, but also to become technologically literate.

With a sizable allocation of funds, he believes that improving the quality of the workforce through competency-based training is expected to achieve the target, not only in terms of quantity and quality, but also in the aspects of labor application in Indonesia as well as boosting productivity.

"This means the budget allocated by the government can offer benefits to the community and also the industry," Lelono remarked.

Consequently, the industry can absorb labor and the community can improve its welfare.

The budget can also enhance company productivity and encourage the national economy," Lelono remarked.

The government is making efforts to improve the quality of human resources in its working plan for 2020, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) stated.

"The Government's Working Plan in 2020, as the first year of the National Medium Term Development Planning (RPJMN) 2020-2024, bears the theme, 'human resource development for qualified growth,'" Minister of National Development Planning and Head of Bappenas Bambang Brodjonegoro had earlier stated.

Bambang highlighted the government’s five priorities outlined in its 2020 working plan: human development and poverty eradication; infrastructure and equality of regional development; value addition in real estate, industrialization, and job opportunities; sufficiency of food, water, energy and environment; and stability of defence and security.

"To achieve the development target, we need to utilize infrastructure to boost economic growth. The key, as instructed by President Joko Widodo on several occasions, is human resources, who are qualified and competitive, well-educated, skilled, have character, and are healthy and productive," he explained.

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