Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has said that the government is focusing on revitalizing the vocational education system to anticipate the loss of jobs due to technological developments.

Deputy for increasing labor productivity at the ministry, Chairul Saleh, said here on Wednesday that the government is making this effort because vocational education is one of the sectors that have produced the most number of workers so far.

"We also try to transform the education system slowly because the landscape of our workforce is upper to lower middle class, and the most viable is through vocational education," Saleh informed during the "Development of Digital Economy Policy, Employment, and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)" briefing here on Wednesday.

The revitalization of vocational education will involve dialogue with business actors to determine the abilities or skill sets that are currently needed by the industry, especially in the field of digitalization.

According to him, through collaboration and dialogue between education and industry, labor absorption in the future would be more on target.

"We need cooperation with industry, and that is why constructive dialogue is needed, as the industry needs to keep up, along with the impact of digitalization and global trends," he said.

Based on a Statistics Indonesia (BPS) survey, almost 9.9 million young people were without education, jobs, or professional training in Indonesia in 2023.

The figure accounted for 22.25 percent of the total population aged 15–24 years nationwide.

Responding to this, Saleh said that the government is trying to solve the unemployment problem through the Pre-Employment Card (PraKerja) Program.

"With technology and digital utilization, we need this skill (in technology) that we have to accelerate," he added.

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