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Microsoft has established Skills for Jobs Indonesia in collaboration with the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. The initiative aims to equip one million Indonesians with digital literacy, skills and job readiness by 2024. The program is supported by non-profit organizations Biji-biji Initiative and Mereka Academy as implementing partners.
The program offers two free online learning platforms, Pijar Mahir from the Pre-Work Card and e-Training from the Ministry of Manpower, covering topics such as basic digital literacy, Microsoft Office basics, data analysis, project management, entrepreneurship, and more. Upon completion of the training modules and passing the Microsoft certification, participants can join SATU Talenta (aka.ms/ SATUTalenta).
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SATU Talenta is a LinkedIn community that connects Indonesian digital talent with Microsoft certification to companies and allows them to discuss professional topics. The community focuses on sharing industry-relevant digital skills, networking with companies, and discussing job opportunities. Several companies, including Telkomsigma, PT Intikom Berlian Mustika, PT Mitra Integrasi Informatika (MII), and Metrodata Academy, a division of MII focused on IT education and training, have joined SATU Talenta to find talented digital professionals for their organizations.
Microsoft Indonesia Corporate Affairs Director Ajar Edi believes the best way to know if our world is developing positively is through inclusive economic growth; involving every country, group, organization, and individual in the economic wheel. For this inclusivity to happen, increasing access to digital skills becomes fundamental. “That is the reason we are partnering with the government and non-for-profit to launch Skills for Jobs Indonesia. We hope to reach as many Indonesians as possible, wherever they are,” said Ajar.
The modules prepared on these platforms, such as the basic use of Microsoft Office, is not without reason. According to International Data Corporation (IDC) between 2013-2020, there are 14.6 million job vacancies that require skills in using Microsoft Office applications, especially Excel and Word. Not only that, IDC also stated that the ability to use Microsoft Office is one of the three main skills that must be honed by a worker
“Strengthening digital literacy and skills is the main step that we need to take to accelerate Indonesia’s digital transformation. This is important to support the fulfillment of 9 million digital talents by 2030 or equivalent to 600 thousand people per year. We hope Skills for Jobs Indonesia can help to fulfill the need for digital talents,” said Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs Expert Staff for Digital Transformation, Creativity and Human Resources Rizal Edwin.
The Skills for Jobs Indonesia program targets not only the general workforce but also aims to enhance the skills and efficiency of 500 government officials and civil servants. In the past month, the program has trained 385 trainers from the Ministry of Manpower in Indonesia, including representatives from Job Training Centers, Regional Technical Implementation Units, Technical Implementation Units, and Vocational and Productivity Training Centers across the country.
The Ministry of Manpower Director of Instructor Development and Training Personnel, Syamsi, stated, “We support and embrace the Microsoft Skills for Jobs Indonesia initiative. Not only does society and the community benefit from free training, but trainers throughout Indonesia also receive valuable growth through the ToT training offered by the program.
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