A historical account of VET interventions in Indonesia: Which way forward?

Siminjutak, Payaman, Voak, Adam, and Fairman, Brian (2022) A historical account of VET interventions in Indonesia: Which way forward? Asian Journal of University Education, 18. pp. 544-553.

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The Indonesian labor force remains poorly educated and ill equipped to tackle the growing challenges of meeting contemporary industry requirements. While many countries aspire to equip future generations with the skills, knowledge and attitudes for a future working life, the relationship between the ‘world of work’ and the current Indonesian education system remains somewhat elusive. In the words of the Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, ‘the biggest problem that we have had in education is we have somehow not found the formulae to entice businesses to participate in educational system (Neumann, 2021)’ Over the many decades of Vocational Education and Training (VET) interventions in Indonesia, a series of unsatisfactory attempts to reconcile educational approaches with labour market requirements have left Indonesian civil society ill prepared for the future and uncertain of their next response. Furthermore, the uncritical importation of external foreign VET practices into the cultural milieu of contemporary Indonesian society, in an attempt to resolve these dilemmas, may have problematized and exacerbated these issues (Simanjuntak, 2005). This paper examines the Indonesian Government’s educational approaches to human capability development from an historical perspective whilst seeking to contribute to an understanding of this complex situation.

Item ID: 77364
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1823-7797
Keywords: Human Capability Development, Labour Market, Kampus Merdeka, Vocational Educational and Training, VET
Copyright Information: Asian Journal of University Education by Asian Centre for Research on University Learning and Teaching (ACRULeT) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2023 22:58
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390308 Technical, further and workplace education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160104 Professional development and adult education @ 100%
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