Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, stated on Feb 23 that the Kartu Prakerja (Pre-employment Card) programme is targeted to provide training to 1.148 million participants in 2024.

“On February 23, 2024, a new batch of the Kartu Prakerja programme, namely Batch 63, was opened, with target participants of 1.148 million throughout 2024. The targeted quota will be executed in stages by the management,” he stated.

Hartarto, who also serves as chair of the Job Creation Committee, stated that the programme would continue in 2024, as it had been proven to be beneficial to improving people’s skills and helping them get a job.

He also stated that a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) showed that the impact of participation in the Kartu Prakerja programme on increasing employment opportunities had reached 95%.

Meanwhile, a study conducted by Rumah Riset Presisi Indonesia showed a monthly increase of around 17–21% in the income of the programme’s beneficiaries as compared to non-beneficiaries of the programme.

Hartarto stated that in later 2024, the programme will be expanded to reach more people in remote and underdeveloped areas and will encourage the involvement of training institutions in more districts and cities.

Furthermore, the quality of training will be improved by adding a self-paced learning mode that can not only provide flexibility but also require a higher level of commitment from the training participants.

He expressed hope that the community would make the most of the upskilling and reskilling opportunities provided through the programme.

Hartarto also said that his committee, which is mandated to implement the programme, will seek cooperation with additional stakeholders, especially ministries and institutions, to provide various forms of quality training aligned with current job market demands.

He invited companies that have their corporate university to participate in developing the Kartu Prakerja programme.

”Let us collaborate to improve the quality of our workforce,” he said. – ANTARA


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