Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth

by Yayasan Usaha Mulia / Foundation for Noble Work
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Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Provide Skills for Indonesian Unemployed Youth
Mr. Kadek the keynote speaker
Mr. Kadek the keynote speaker

The World Bank estimated in 2020 that 91,000 children in Indonesia would drop out of school - including a 0.15 percentage point increase in secondary school dropouts. This increase in dropout rates would eventually lead to an increase in youth unemployment and ultimately the perpetuation of poverty in rural areas of Indonesia.Low levels of education and a lack of adequate skills are the main contributing factors to the high unemployment rate. The Vocational Training Centre (VTC) we run in Cipanas, West Java, not only provides various job readiness skills, but also different workshops, such as our Job Seeking Skills Workshop.

Last month, for the first time since the pandemic, we ran the Job Seeking Skill workshop with the help of Mr. I Kadek Darmayuda, who is the Housekeeping Manager at one of the hotels in the area. He started the workshop by explaining how to make a persuasive application letter and curriculum vitae, then he continued by sharing about what a company wants from a potential candidate. He ended the sessions by sharing tips on how to be successful in an interview. In between the sessions, he sometimes asks the student simple questions that would lead to a discussion. There were 46 participants attending this workshop, and they are all active students of our English, Sewing and Computer classes. 

“My latest education is junior high school. I did not continue to high school because my parents could not afford the tuition fees. Right now, I am enrolled in the Sewing class. Mr Kadek has given me so much precious information about job applications. He delivered the material in an easy way to understand. “ Lutfiah, 18 years old

“I am a student of Computer class, my tutor is Mr. Deden. I am glad that now I have more information about how to apply for a job in the future. I hope for more workshops like this in the future.” Jeris, 18 years old, 12th grader.

We wish to run more workshops for these students, in addition to the job readiness skills offered at the VTC. The pandemic is predicted to worsen the labor market especially for Indonesia’s young candidates. For these reasons, we believe that providing job readiness training and soft skills for youth would give the required support for them in their path to becoming productive adults.



Mr. Samsul - YUM welcoming the students
Mr. Samsul - YUM welcoming the students
Mr. Kadek explaining about the interview session
Mr. Kadek explaining about the interview session
The discussion sessions
The discussion sessions
The Job Seeking Skill workshop participants
The Job Seeking Skill workshop participants
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The students of Sewing class
The students of Sewing class

Hello dear donors,

With the spirit of New Year, I hope many good things will come to all of us.

I would like to share with you some updates about the Vocational Training Centre in West Java that you have been generously supporting.

As we mentioned in our last report, the number of participants that enrolled have increased. Over the past two years, there have been ups and downs for youth in rural areas of Indonesia. As schools were closed so were the skills training centres like ours, even though these youth need skills to find employment. However, since we’ve been permitted to open, we are proud to let you know that there are 108 students who recently graduated. Among them, 49 students from English class, 38 students from Sewing class and 21 students from Computer class. 

“I graduated from high school last year and I could not continue my study at university as my family cannot afford to pay the tuition fee. At home, I help my mother with household errands. When the sewing classes at YUM reopened, I signed up straight away. I want to start my own online business selling wedding souvenirs. Therefore, learning how to sew properly is important for my future plan. I have finished my beginner class and will continue the intermediate class next term.” -Rahmah, 19 years old, Sewing class student. 

“I am in my 2nd year of high school. In the basic computer class, I learned about all the basic applications. Now, I am capable of using the Microsoft application and it really helps me with school work.  Next term, I will enroll in the intermediate computer class. I want to absorb all of the knowledge that I can get at the training centre. I also enrolled in English class. I want to have skills that I can use to find a job later on.” -Nadya, 17 years old, Computer and English class student.

Though we are still deep in the pandemic, nevertheless we shall continue our mission to help the youth in Cipanas, West Java.  Most of the young people in the area depend on their high school education to seek a job. Not many of them can continue to higher education because of the financial situation of their family.  With more and more high school dropouts, now is the time for these young people to equip themselves with employable skills!

We’re taking this opportunity to let you know that next month, from April 4-8, GlobalGiving will be matching all your donations up to $50 at 50% for the #LittleByLittle campaign. We hope you’ll join us during this campaign - or better yet, become a fundraiser like our friend Lily!

The students of English class
The students of English class
Computer class session
Computer class session
Rahmah with the clothes that she made
Rahmah with the clothes that she made
Nadya with her certificate
Nadya with her certificate
English class outdoor session
English class outdoor session
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Mrs Ila and her student
Mrs Ila and her student

Hello dear donors,

We would like to share some wonderful news with you. First of all, since last month, the Indonesian government has relaxed the Covid protocols and all schools, and informal education institutions like ours, are gradually opening their doors. This means that those who are able to facilitate and implement the health protocols correctly, are given permission to run in-person classes. 

Secondly, we are thrilled to see that the young people in Cipanas, West Java, are even more motivated to acquire skills so that they have a better chance at finding jobs or starting a venture of their own. Seats for the Sewing classes at YUM’s Vocational Training Center (VTC) quickly filled up and over 40 students have enrolled this term! Since October, we have started five classes consisting of three beginner’s classes and two advanced classes. If everything goes accordingly, all students (including those enrolled in the English and Computer classes) will finish their courses and be granted a certificate by the end of December. 

One of the main causes of youth unemployment is a lack of skills. With your help, our Vocational Training Centre can continue providing work-readiness skills to vulnerable youth. This year #GivingTuesday takes place on November 30th. As you may know, this will be a global day of giving and it will be a great way to start getting into the ‘giving back holiday’ spirit! If you’d like to participate and join millions of global givers, save the date and donate at this link https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/provide-skills-for-indonesian-unemployed-youth/

Thank you again for your amazing contribution!



Learning how to use the Sewing machine
Learning how to use the Sewing machine
A student with her creation; a children clothing
A student with her creation; a children clothing
Boy also can join the Sewing class
Boy also can join the Sewing class
Body temperature check is an obligation
Body temperature check is an obligation
Hands cleaning before and after the class
Hands cleaning before and after the class
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Nurohmah, one of the FL workshop participants
Nurohmah, one of the FL workshop participants

The Covid-19 pandemic has worsened the situation of employment all around the world, including in Indonesia. Many employees have reduced working hours, delays in salary payment and even faced redundancy. According to the Smeru Research Institute in Indonesia, youth employment is very much affected by the pandemic. The high rate of youth unemployment will continue to rise if the youth are not receiving the skills and training they need. In 2020, one out of four Indonesian youth was unemployed, not in school, and not in any skill training.

YUM’s Vocational Training Center in Cipanas offers Financial Literacy workshops to youth so they are better prepared for formal employment and have a better understanding of their financial health. The workshop teaches students about a variety of issues, from managing their finances to financial planning for entrepreneurs. At YUM, we believe that financial literacy is crucial especially for young adults who will eventually earn an income, so they can manage their money, understand savings and prevent them from making poor financial decisions.

Last semester, we successfully organized both online and offline workshops. A first workshop involved a relatable, young financial consultant from Jakarta who shared his knowledge about how to manage personal finance. A second one was an online workshop taught by a team of lecturers from Bina Nusantara University. For two days, the students received training around the topics of Accounting, E-payment and a quick look at Venture Capital. In total, 43 students attended the workshops.

Evlyansa, a Grade 12 student, said: “This is my first experience participating in an activity with the theme of Financial Literacy. We were taught to make future financial planning and calculate the emergency fund we needed since our teenage years. It was delivered in a fun and easy way to understand.”

In other news: YUM’s 2020 Annual Report has been published! Find out more about all our activities by going to YUM 2020 Annual Report

 

Also, this year YUM is celebrating its 45th anniversary. Mrs. Ismana Haryono, a member of our Board of Supervisors, has been with us for more than 40 years. She shares her memories about the beginnings of YUM and her wish for YUM’s future. Please take a few minutes to watch the video atReminiscing YUM's Beginnings: How it all started and the challenges faced

 

Last but not least, out of 400+ entries, YUM has been selected as a Finalist for the 2021 GlobalGiving Photo Contest!! Voting starts TODAY, Monday, August 16th, 2021 until Friday, August 20th. Please go and vote for our photo so we can get a chance to win up to $1,000 in support of our COVID-19 relief program. You can see our photo here: https://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=1534

All of the participants at online FL workshop
All of the participants at online FL workshop
Mr. Nicko sharing about managing personal finance
Mr. Nicko sharing about managing personal finance
Learning about the users of Accounting Information
Learning about the users of Accounting Information
Day 1- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 1- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 2- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
Day 2- YUM Beneficiaries and BINUS University team
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Congratulation on your graduation!
Congratulation on your graduation!

When the pandemic hit Indonesia and schools were asked to close, our Vocational Training Centre found itself also closing all our doors and stopping all our English, Computer and Sewing classes. In the beginning, we continued keeping in touch with our students via Whatsapp but we knew we had to do something to keep our students’ motivation to learn alive. The English class was the only class that could be run online as it did not require any equipment such as computers and sewing machines.

We did a variety of different digital activities. The first one was online learning with English teachers and students from Bina Nusantara University, followed by videos of lessons created by our English tutors and shared through a WhatsApp group. The videos explained the lessons based on the module that each student had received. At the end of the video, there was an assignment. 

As much as we tried to make these lessons interesting and fun for the students, many of them had difficulties keeping up with the online classes. Students were juggling learning alone at home and plenty of school assignments as a result of school closure. We highly appreciate all the efforts of our tutors who, despite all of the difficulties, managed to motivate their students to participate in these online classes, submit their assignments, attend the English Online Class with Bina Nusantara University (Binus), and complete the final exam. We kept the sessions and the lessons quite simple for this batch because we did not want to burden our students with more work. 

At the end of the course, we granted all our students a Certificate of Participation. The certificates were given to the students as an appreciation of their commitment to complete the chosen session from the modules even though they were unable to fully attend all their classes. In the future, we will continue to find innovative ideas for learning for the English class as well as other classes too. Hopefully, in the near future, we can apply for permission to run small group classes face-to-face to help the students to catch up on their lessons. 

It’s not only in CIpanas that we try to be innovative and find ways for students in rural areas to keep learning. Check out a video of the activities of our library in Kalimantan " YUM Community Library in Kalimantan  "- we hope through this video that you will be able to transport yourself to Central Kalimantan!

On another note, we had the honor to be interviewed by GlobalGiving for their recent article called  "Education in the COVID-19 era" in which YUM’s Executive Director, Vanessa Reksodipoetro, was one of the contributors. Read the article to find out the challenges that students are facing around the world and how we, as nonprofits on the ground, are helping students bridge the gaps.

Mr. Cecep hands over certificates to his student
Mr. Cecep hands over certificates to his student
Let's hear what Lisa says
Let's hear what Lisa says
Let's hear what Santi says
Let's hear what Santi says
Randy has completed all of his assignments
Randy has completed all of his assignments
Thank you for your hard work!
Thank you for your hard work!
Keep your learning spirit alive!
Keep your learning spirit alive!
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Location: Jakarta, DKI - Indonesia
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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