Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - The Papua Provincial Office of Industry, Trade, Co-operatives, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Manpower has asked community job training centers (BLKs) to provide training to the local workforce to improve their skills.

Head of the Office's Manpower Department Hans Himber said here on Friday that the training provided by community BLKs would be very helpful in supporting the government's program to improve labor quality.

"Some time ago, BLK Kalam Kudus Jayapura held training in graphic design," he noted.

His side praised the concern of community BLKs, which are seeking to provide training to the surrounding community.

"For this reason, we hope that other BLK communities can help the government in providing training for quality improvement," he said.

The community BLK is a manifestation of the Manpower Ministry's efforts to bring training facilities and infrastructure closer to the community, he explained.

"There are around 20 BLK communities in Papua that were built using the central government's budget, so let's join the training organized by them," he said.

According to him, community BLKs offer many programs and participants can get more job opportunities after receiving training.

The training programs, he said, are expected to help make Papuan people competent and get more easily accepted when applying for jobs. They could even open new jobs for other people, which could help reduce the unemployment rate, he added.

Earlier, the Manpower Ministry allocated a budget of Rp1 billion (US$67 thousand) to help finance institutional vocational training for job seekers in Biak Numfor district, Papua.

The budget was sourced from the state budget (APBD) and distributed through BLK Sorong.

Last year, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said that ecosystem development and transformation of community job training centers could help resolve human resource issues amid the national and global economic situations.

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