Vocational schools must produce young entrepreneurs: Ministry

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Jakarta (ANTARA) – Vocational schools in Indonesia must not only be able to produce qualified graduates, but also young entrepreneurs, said Wikan Sakarinto, director general of vocational education at the Ministry of Education, Culture, of Research and Technology.

“Vocational schools must not only produce qualified graduates, but also be able to produce young entrepreneurs. Therefore, the learning process in school must be project-based,” Sakarinto said at the launch of Teaching Factory here on Wednesday.

He added that through the launch of the vocational schools education factory, his team at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology wanted students to learn to become young entrepreneurs. .

Sakarinto noted that the Teaching Factory exhibition showcased the work of 60 vocational schools from across the country.

In the meantime, he noted that 949 vocational schools had submitted their proposals.

The ministry is also carrying out activities to refine ideas and facilitate training for industry and practitioners, he noted.

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology has provided funding in the range of Rp 400-450 million to support businesses.

As a result, Sakarinto revealed that so far, most of the vocational schools already had a turnover ranging from 3 million rupees to billions of rupees every month.

“For example, the Muhammadiyah 1 Sukoharjo vocational school has been successful in producing medical devices, with orders from many hospitals,” Sakarinto noted.

“The businesses run by these vocational schools must be able to survive in the long term. For that, from the start, we provided training on how to plan businesses and develop products, ”he noted.

He encouraged vocational schools across the country to collaborate with industries to provide project-based learning in line with industry standards.

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