Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has urged staff at the Kendari Vocational and Productivity Training Center, Southeast Sulawesi, to continuously develop skilled and competitive workers to help reduce the unemployment rate in the region.

"We can definitely do better. Thus, let's continue to improve our work performance with utmost discipline and continue to proffer excellent services to the community,” the minister said in a written statement released by the public relations office of the Kendari Vocational and Productivity Training Center on Friday.

The center serves as the ministry's Central Technical Implementation Unit in Southeast Sulawesi province.

Fauziyah had accompanied Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the PT Nusantara Industri Sejati industrial estate in North Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi, on Thursday (May 19, 2022).

Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President advised the management of the industrial estate to employ domestic workers both during construction and operation.

Following that, Fauziyah said that her ministry has prepared a Job Training Center in Southeast Sulawesi as a means to support competent workers who can find work in the new industrial area.

"We are ready to support and follow up on the directives from the Vice President because this is our motivation and challenge; together, both the central and regional governments (must) prepare competent and competitive human resources, one of which is through vocational training at the Job Training Center," she explained.

She then gave instructions to the head of the Kendari Vocational and Productivity Training Center, Dr. La Ode Haji Polondu, regarding the Vocational Training program and forming partnerships with various stakeholders in Southeast Sulawesi in order to create a skilled and competent workforce.

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The effort to increase productivity and reduce the unemployment rate is being collectively undertaken by the Manpower Ministry, the Southeast Sulawesi provincial government, district and city governments across Southeast Sulawesi, the Business and Industrial Sectors (DUDI), and other stakeholders.

Meanwhile, Polondu said that the Manpower Minister's visit was an honor for his staff.

It would encourage him and his administration to work with passion to offer the best services to North Sulawesi residents, particularly in providing vocational training and promoting people's productivity, he added.

He said he expected his staff to demonstrate commitment to performing their duties in order to meet the minister's expectations. They could do so by constantly improving their work performance by providing excellent services to the community.

"We also discussed a little about the plan of land use that has been granted by the Southeast Sulawesi provincial government, (which will be used to) build a Heavy Equipment Workshop, so that the workforce who wants to work in mining companies can grow more competent and be placed in a better position," he explained.

At the training center, Minister Fauziyah was welcomed by Polondu, along with dozens of state civil servants and non-government civil servants.

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Translator: M Harianto, Mecca Yumna
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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