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Indonesia looking to possibly increase number of apprenticeship programmes and job opportunities in Japan

Indonesia looking to possibly increase number of apprenticeship programmes and job opportunities in Japan

There continues to be an increase in the number of apprenticeship programme participants from Indonesia in Japan, according to Indonesia's Deputy Minister of Labour Afriansyah Noor.

In a recent working visit to Tokyo, Indonesia's Deputy Minister of Labour Afriansyah Noor met with the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Japan, Heri Akhmadi, to discuss apprenticeship programmes and the possibility of expanding job opportunities in Japan.

As shared by Deputy Minister Afriansyah, the number of apprenticeship programme participants from Indonesia to Japan continued to show an increase — in 2022, a total of 8,736 apprenticeship participants in Japan. This number surged the following year, as participants taking part in the apprenticeship programme increased to 13,396 in 2023.

Deputy Minister Afriansyah stated: "The increase in the number of apprenticeship participants shows the great enthusiasm of Indonesian young people to improve their competence through apprenticeships."

Meanwhile, in the area of workforce placement, Indonesia is trying to develop cooperation to facilitate participation amongst its workforce in the Specified Skilled Workers (SSW) programme.

In a bid to expand the possibilities of the workforce, Indonesia is participating in the SSW programme. To this end, the Ministry of Labour has signed a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with the Miyagi Prefectural Government on the acceleration of placement and acceptance of Indonesian technical apprentices, specified skilled workers and technicians to Japan.

This MoC aims to expand employment opportunities for young workers in Japan, including through SSW or apprenticeship programmes.

Apart from the above MoC with the Miyagi Prefectural Government, Indonesia has also signed an MoC with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which aims to develop human resources so they can contribute to social and economic development in both countries, including solutions to increase the number of SSW programme participants from Indonesia.

"Through this MoC, I hope diplomatic relations in the field of employment between Indonesia and Japan will be further strengthened, Deputy Minister Afriansyah affirmed.


Lead image / Indonesian Ministry of Labour

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