Based on a 2019 estimate by ILO, Indonesia placed second highest for unemployment of youth in South East Asia. This is why a Vocational Training Center was established in our project areas in West Java and Central Kalimantan, in order for disadvantaged youths to learn skills that would increase their chances of gaining employment. Today, both training centers remain the only ones providing low cost training. With your help, more than 700 youths per year can follow these trainings.
Though Indonesia's youth unemployment rate is high, one out of four youths in Indonesia are still not in employment, education or training. We know that the greatest challenges to gaining employment are a lack of skills and a lack of access to employment opportunities. Without any job readiness skills, the only employment available are informal, temporary, or seasonal which only continue to perpetuate the cycle of poverty.
Our training centers offer skills in English, Computer, Hospitality and Tourism and Sewing. Students graduating from the center will obtain a nationally recognized certificate, assuring them to stand out thanks to their new skills. On top of the courses, students are also provided with Job Seeking skills and Financial Literacy, supporting them in their journey to adulthood, increasing their confidence when entering the workforce and helping them make knowledgeable financial decisions.
Our belief is that by ensuring that young people living in rural areas are equipped with job readiness skills and life skills, they will improve their competitiveness, more easily find formal employment and become productive adults. The long term goal is to produce good quality human resources that can help themselves and others out of poverty.