Public Works Ministry targets certifying 210,000 construction workers

Padang, W Sumatera (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing has set a target to certify 210 thousand expert and skilled Indonesian construction workers.

“This certification is deemed necessary to ensure that every worker in Indonesia meets the quality standard outlined by the government,” Expert Staff of the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works and Housing Firdaus Ali stated while delivering a scientific speech at Padang State University in Padang, West Sumatra, on Wednesday.

Ali pointed to numerous challenges that Industry 4.0 brings along in the form of boosting the competence of construction workers through a higher degree or below that level.

Only 7.2 percent of the total eight million construction workers in Indonesia have official certification.

These workers can begin working on any government projects on receiving their certificate, as it guarantees they possess the required qualities.

Ali added that the certification of workers will also help to hone the local workers’ skill sets.

“Rather than employing foreign workers for our projects, it is best to rope in our own local workforce, the exception being when we require experts from abroad to assist in the construction work,” he remarked.

In 2019, the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia has earmarked Rp.110.7 trillion for construction, while Rp77 trillion has been set aside for industrial construction in the state budget.

“This is a huge opportunity for our workers to grow, so we need to have competent construction workers,” Ali noted.

Industry 4.0 refers to a new phase in Industrial Revolution that focuses heavily on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data. EDITED BY INE

Source: ANTARA News