As part of a series of working visits to Mimika Regency, Central Papua, Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin visited and greeted students at PT Freeport Indonesia's (PTFI) Nemangkawi Mining Institute in Mimika Regency, Central Papua, on 12 July 2023.
Improving Human Resources (HR) has become the main focus of the government in realizing the ideals of a more advanced Indonesia. In order to achieve this goal, the government is promoting various programs related to employment. One of the steps taken by the training is to increase competency and productivity through vocational training.
“Earlier I saw the Nemangkawi training center, a place to train indigenous Papuan children to improve their skills so that they become qualified workers. I saw it was amazing that there were 15 branches of training and these were not only for Freeport, but also available for those outside Freeport. I appreciate this as it shows the role of the private sector which can improve the quality of Papuan in particular, and Indonesia in general." explained the Vice President.
In an effort to revitalize education, the Vice President added several strategies adopted by the government. One of them is encouraging the transformation of vocational education and training from upstream to downstream, where the focus is not only on theoretical aspects, but also on practical applications in the real world, strengthening the link and match between vocational education and training institutions and the industrial sector and carrying out the transformation of Vocational Training Centers by collaborating with various stakeholders who organize vocational education and training.
PTFI President Director Tony Wenas explained that PTFI is committed to continuing to improve education in Papua. Tony explained that since 1996 this effort had been carried out by PTFI on an ongoing basis, as well as increasing the number of native Papuan workers at PTFI, which currently has reached more than 40 percent.
"In the work area, PTFI has implemented various programs to improve the education of young Papuans, including at the Nemangkawi Mining Institute," said Tony Wenas on the same occasion. Tony explained that the Nemangkawi Mining Institute (IPN) was built in 2003 and is a kind of Vocational Education Institute for increasing Papuan human resources for industrial needs, which has 15 engineering departments and 3 non-technical programs. 90% of students come from native Papua and a total of 4,000 have graduated and 2,500 are already working at PTFI. "Of course this is the forerunner, to provide opportunities for native Papuan children to be more able to enter the world of work, not only at PTFI, outside PTFI and even outside Papua." explained Tony.
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