According to the Central Bureau of Statistics 2018, with escalating rates of unemployment, over 62% were youth aged 15-24 and 59% were graduates of vocational institutions. The two years program targeting poor and vulnerable youth started Jan 2020 funded by HSBC together with YCAB Foundation (Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa) will address the issues causing unemployment. The program called Future Skills High Impact Program (HIP) will provide 3,000 youth with necessary skills to join the workforce thereby reducing unemployment and giving equal opportunities to the disadvantaged.
The first initial stakeholders meeting was held on February 1-2, 2020 at Laras Asri Resort Salatiga. Twenty participants from private sectors, professional associations, and academics attended the initial meeting. The meeting obtained input and recommendations related to labour issues in Central Java, planning to establish a cooperation network as a support system for improving the quality of training in vocational training centers.
The goal of the project is to improve financial and employment opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Central Java, Indonesia. The project aims to revitalize 5 training centers in Central Java by building capacity of the trainers at existing BLKs (Balai Latihan Kerja), LKPs (Lembaga, Kursus dan Pelatihan), and LPKs (Lembaga Pelatihan Kerja), provide technical curriculum improvement and to facilitate private sector participation for internships and job placement of the youths. The program will build the capacity of the training centers to become Centers of Excellence (CoEs). Among the 5 training centers, HIP will champion 2 CoEs to roll out to other BLK/LPK/LKP going forward to ensure sustainability of the project.