This project will provide free skills courses for 100 youths (aged 15-29 years old) living in Central Kalimantan, where youth unemployment rates are five times higher than those of adults. Indeed, the majority of the population in the area has low educational levels and few marketable skills. This project helps youth in poor communities to acquire needed labour-market and self-employment oriented skills such as English, Computers, Basic Carpentry and Security Guard Training.
In recent years, the Indonesian economy has grown substantially but many regions, including Central Kalimantan, still lack the trained labour force they need for economic development and to ensure their growth is sustainable. The country is affected by excessive youth unemployment and widespread underemployment, while the quality of available jobs is often poor. Youths account for 31.8 per cent of the Indonesian labor force; this age group is disproportionately affected by unemployment.
With this funding, the YUM Kalimantan Vocational Training Centre (VTC) will train 100 youth in English (Beginners, Basic, Intermediate and Advanced levels), Computer skills (including Corel Draw and graphic design), as well as Security guard training and Basic Carpentry skills. The courses will also include 2 workshops: Job Seeking Skills and Financial Literacy. With a population of 19,000, the VTC is also a vocational training 'hub' for several local high schools in the area.
The project will educate 100 youth, with minimum 50% of them being girls, allowing them to be equipped with skills preparing them for future employment or leading to self-employment. Since 2013, the Kalimantan VTC has taught more than 2,000 youths and women, enabling them to find decent jobs and rise out of poverty.