Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Head of the Industrial Human Resources Development Agency (BPSDMI) of the Ministry of Industry, Masrokhan, has said that Indonesia's need for industrial human resources has reached 682 thousand per year.

"The need of industry is 682 thousand people per year, while the number of graduates that can be produced from the Ministry of Industry's vocational education and training units is still around 6 thousand people per year," he informed.

He made the statement on the sidelines of the "2024 Industrial Vocation Fair for Sulawesi Region" in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday.

Masrokhan said that the Industry Ministry is fully aware of the important role of human resources in creating a strong and competitive industry.

For this reason, the ministry is continuing to bolster and develop vocational education and training programs to produce competent and globally competitive human resources.

The aim of providing vocational education and training is to meet and anticipate industry needs. Therefore, it is deemed essential to ensure that the human resources provided with such training are compatible with the industrial world, not only at present, but also in terms of future industrial development.

He then expressed appreciation for the achievements of vocational high school and polytechnic working units in increasing the absorption of graduates, the number of students, joint publications, student achievements, and partnerships abroad.

He noted that, in keeping with the direction of the Industry Minister, each vocational high school and polytechnic working unit has been asked to increase student enrolment by 50 percent in 2 years.

The direction also includes shortening the waiting period for the absorption of graduates in the workforce to 3–4 months, while maintaining superior and effective educational quality.

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