Indonesia's Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, said that Indonesian companies need to train their employees more. (Image via Katadata)

Indonesian workforce lacks training: Manpower Ministry

Indonesia’s Minister of Manpower, Ida Fauziyah, said that the training provided by companies to train and educate employees is still lacking. Citing the statistics from the World Bank Enterprises, Ida said that less than 10 percent of Indonesian companies provide formal training, left behind by Vietnam (20 percent), the Philippines (60 percent), and China (80 percent).

According to an official statement by Ida on Friday, the development of Indonesian human resources is in line with the vision of President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Ida pointed out that the lack of employee training by the Indonesian companies is caused by several factors such as high labor cost, outsourcing, astronomical severance, and the minimum wage that sometimes is not worth the employees’ performance.

On the other hand, Ida understands that all companies are looking for revenues. Without revenues, companies are unwilling to invest in medium and long term sectors such as human resources. Even though, investment in human resources will be more beneficial in the long term.

Therefore, Ida stated her hope that all Indonesian companies would actively participate in the Indonesian government program to develop human resources. One of which is the Pre-Employment Card that provides job and internship opportunities, and training center.

Then, Ida also suggested the Indonesian companies to apply for Community Skill Training Center (BLK) Program and use Manpower Information System (Sisnaker).