Indonesia explores possibility of cooperation with Singapore in vocational education

Batam, Riau Islands (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Industry Ministry is looking into the possibility of establishing cooperation with Singapore in developing vocational education in the industrial sector, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said.

“I have met the Singapore education minister and industry minister. We will encourage cooperation in vocational education. The cooperation will be part of the commemoration of 50 years of relations between the two countries,” he said in Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday, while commenting on the result of his recent visit to Singapore.

The cooperation will enable vocational schools to apply for curricula under a dual-system pattern to produce skilled workers according to the need of the industrial sector, he noted.

“There will be a leader retreat in Singapore in Sept to follow up on the outcome of a similar meeting held in Kendal (Central Java),” he added.

The vocational education, which applies a dual-system approach, will enable students not only to learn the theory but also to spend much of their time on job training.

While in Singapore, he also discussed the possibility of providing Indonesian students with more access to participate in the apprenticeship program in Singapore manufacturing industries.

Source: Antara News