Papuan Sustainable Human Capital Development Program Helps Make Papuans Work Ready
24 May 2019
Daud Kapisa never thought his life would undergo such a huge change when he began the path to working for PT G4S, a contractor that provides security service to PT Freeport Indonesia.
While Kapisa, originally from Biak, started working for PT G4S in December 2018, the process to become ready to work at PTFI started many months before when he became a participant in the company’s Papuan Sustainable Human Capital Development training program.
PTFI’s Initiative for Papuan Pre-employees
PSHCD is a soft skill-capacity development program intended for native Papuans who are seeking work as contractors of PTFI. This Papuan Affairs Department initiative is part of the company's commitment to help develop competent and competitive native Papuans. Started in 2017, the PSHCD program has graduated eight classes for a total of 204 potential employees.
About 90 percent of those who graduated from the program are still working for their respective companies, including Perianus Kogoya, who works as a Grasberg Mine Crew Equipment Support Operator.
“I am very happy to be able to take part in this training,” Kogoya said. “I’m now used to waking up at 3 a.m. for work, and I’m able to listen to the directions from supervisors and understand how to work well with my peers and supervisors.”
It’s these soft skills that are important, yet not ingrained in many Papuans.
“Soft skills are among the significant basics pre-employees must possess before working in PT Freeport Indonesia’s environment. Program participants have the opportunity to work for a contractor only after successfully accomplishing all training,” said Emilia Asmuruf, PAD representative. “According to our analysis, some things to address for most Papuan employees are discipline and personality. They are mostly still unfamiliar with attendance discipline, which is a totally different responsibility from their usual daily lifestyle.”
Kapisa agreed that timeliness was one of the most important lessons he learned.
“Through this program, we are now able to better appreciate the importance of time discipline,” Kapisa said. “The biggest benefit though was to improve attitude and discipline. It is now starting to become a habit, especially in terms of work timeliness.”
With that analysis in mind, participants are given intensive character building education and training. The five-week focus includes training on material deliveries, the importance of time commitment and how to strengthen teamwork.
In the first week, participants stay in Mimika, Papua, and receive training from the Organizational Development-Quality Management Service (OD-QMS). During those five days, participants attend classes that include training on introduction to PTFI values. They also attend training sessions on working smart, work ethics, time management, and effective communication in a work environment.
Participants then travel to Kinasih, Bogor, West Java for Mental Revolution training delivered by external trainers that include retired police officers. During these three weeks, participants learn about discipline, physical activity and effective teamwork.
During the last week of training, the focus is on spiritual character building. The sessions, in collaboration with the Christian Men’s Network Indonesia, are designed to give the mostly Christian participants training on soft skills and character development using a spiritual approach. This training is intended to help participants achieve their maximum potential in a balanced way and to apply Christian values in contributing to the work environment.
Producing Competent Employees
After successful completion of the program, PSHCD participants are eligible for job placement with respective contractor companies. Once placed with a company, PSHCD participants are monitored and evaluated by supervisors for attendance, work ethic and productivity level at the three and six-month mark.
Those assessments are forwarded to PAD. “If the assessments are positive, PAD will communicate with the respective departments or divisions that they can entrust more responsibility to the employees,” Emilia said.
As Papuans who have benefited from the PSHCD program, Kapisa and Kogoya look forward to more Papuans taking advantage of this opportunity.
“I sincerely hope this program can be sustainable. Papuans can do this. We just need to be given a chance,” Kapisa said. “Hopefully, more people will take part in this program. My friends, brothers and sisters, I have felt the benefits and they are extraordinary.”
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