The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) relates to all aspects. Within its framework, the industry processes and commercializes the exchange of information between people, between people and objects, and also between objects themselves. It is the synergic link between products, people, services, places, etc. Indonesia needs to prepare the people (human resources) and its infrastructure for the coming of inclusive economic growth. The big question is, are we ready and well-prepared for it?
Fortunately, Indonesia has a large capital because it is enjoying a demographic bonus. The population census shows that the productive age population (15-64 years) reaches 70.72% of the total population of Indonesia. However, the anticipated economic growth in Indonesia must be in line with job availability. The rapid development of technology in the industrial era 4.0 will have an impact on shifting labor demand. In the future, middle and highly-skilled labor will have greater job opportunities than less-skilled labor. If this is not anticipated, it will certainly pose a threat to Indonesia’s alarming unemployment rate and income inequality.
The government answers this challenge through the concept of a link and match program between the needs of industry and Vocational High Schools (SMK). In addition to improving the quality of formal education, training programs or workshops are also needed to improve the quality of human resources. With that being said, YCAB Foundation aimed for the greater good and prepared numerous programs for society. Programs in both Rumah Belajar YCAB Foundation and its projects with different stakeholders have proven to significantly improve the lives of the students.
Answering the need for 9 million digital talents by 2030, coding programs embedded in the school curriculum are provided by YCAB Foundation for its students. “I am glad I was enrolled in YCAB Foundation. All the programs, enrichment classes, and the exposure to opportunities here were vital to my growth. It wasn’t just my skills that were honed, but also my personal work ethic such as how to work in a team, how to manage my time better, and leadership. Thanks to all my mentors and teachers, I am now living the dream of being a developer in the IT field.” added Abdul Mujib, YCAB Foundation graduate.
Other than a strategic intervention in education for youths, YCAB Foundation has several digitally inclusive notable programs:
A WhatsApp chatbot platform is a collaboration program with various stakeholders which is an initiative to increase the business resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic of womenpreneurs by providing digital marketing and financial literacy training, as well as the YCAB Foundation’s commitment to breaking generational poverty through women empowerment programs. To register, click here.
Messenger Bot Amanda is the first Chatbot x Meta Messenger training tool in the Asia Pacific that contains Asah Digital learning modules that are delivered in an innovative and interactive way. The modules are hoped to increase program participants’ understanding and awareness of digital literacy, especially regarding misinformation, privacy, and digital security. If you want to know more, click here.
Together with Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, YCAB Foundation launched Mastercard Girls4Tech aimed to inspire Indonesian girls aged 10-15 years old through gamification courses and digital assistance facilities to pursue a career in STEM. Find out more or register by following this link.
- ORICA Women Engineer
This upcoming collaboration with ORICA aimed to reach 7,000 youth & 100 science teachers in East Kalimantan. This gamified course aims to raise women’s awareness about STEM and its career opportunities.