BLK, short for Balai Latihan Kerja (Job training center) in the rural areas is critical to the community’s growth – it is an oasis of knowledge to gain skills for those who want to explore expertise in their respective fields. The training held by the Job Training Center equips participants with skills in various vocational fields, encouraging these youths to create jobs through self-employment. BLK is designed to meet society’s need for institutions dedicated to on-the-job training to produce a workforce that is ready to enter the world of work.
In Central Java alone, there are 32 BLKs spread across the province and BLK Wonogiri is one amongst them. Established in 1983, any community members of Wonogiri Regency may take part in the training without having to worry about the course fee. Various vocational skills training provided by BLK Wonogiri, namely sewing, vehicle engineering (motor mechanics), automotive, computer, catering, welding, electrical, machinery, and multimedia, are hoped to create a skilled, disciplined, and ethical workforce.
However, BLK Wonogiri experienced a setback and almost brought it to its close in 2018. A training center with great potential cannot go to waste – YCAB Foundation, collaborated with HSBC became BLK Wonogiri’s program partner in 2019. The program is named “Ready to Work Youth Employment Program”
“Since becoming YCAB Foundation’s partner, BLK Wonogiri’s partnership with the private sector (companies) has gotten better. In addition to that, the teaching and learning process has also become livelier due to the massive improvement of instructors’ pedagogical techniques after attending a series of training provided by the YCAB Foundation, the curriculum in several vocational schools has been up-to-date to harmonize industry needs”, added Sobirin Jamil, Project Manager of BLK Wonogiri.
After 2 years of newly improved management, BLK Wonogiri is honored to receive an award of “1st Place in Balai Latihan Kerja Unit Pelaksana Teknis Daerah (UPTD)” in December 2021 from the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia. The success of BLK Wonogiri is proudly held by YCAB Foundation and HSBC as another push in capturing opportunity and pursuing excellence from this day forward.