ITS and Kemenkominfo work together to prepare Indonesia’s workforce

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ITS leadership, organizer staff, Kemenkominfo of cers, and 2019 Digital Scholarship participants take photo in ITS Central Robotics Building. (photo: ITS Public Relations)

IO, Surabaya – As the Fourth Industrial Revolution approaches, Indonesia is believed have a large deficiency in capable human resources in the digital field. As a result, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kemenkominfo) is working together with Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) to create a Digital Talent1029 training program, one session of which was held in the ITS Robotics Center Building, Monday (1/7/2019).

The workshop was part of the Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) 2019 event, and was an intensive two-month scholarship training program aimed at increasing the skills and competitiveness of human resources in information and communication technologies. “This training aims to fill the deficiency of workforce in demand over the next five to ten years,” said ITS Rector Prof. Dr. Ir. Mochammad Ashari M.Eng., as quoted in a release obtained by the Independent Observer.

DTS provided an opportunity for 25,000 participants chosen from across Indonesia. Participants originated from Vocational High Schools (SMK), Bachelor’s and vocational graduates, Information and Communication Technology (TIK) teachers and the general public. From the 52 colleges in Indonesia that participated in the event, ITS provided training and certification for 352 participants. “We will later focus on the science of Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big Data Analysis, and Cyber Security,” said the Electrical Engineering professor.

ITS provided space for the DTS training in the Electrical Engineering Department of the Electrical Technology Faculty (FTE) and the Informatics Department of the Information and Communication Technologies (FTIK) for two classes each. “Each session was four periods; each period was 50 minutes, so one session was 200 minutes in length,” said Dr. Adhi Dharma Wibawa, the organizer head.

As a technology-based university, ITS has long worked with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in implementing various preparations ahead of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. DTS was started last year. The scholarship training did not only cover technical skills but also soft skills. “This was aimed to create human resources that have adaptive capabilities, able to face change,” said Dedy Permadi, PhD, an Expert Staff of Ministry of Communication and Information Technology for Digital Policy.

Dedy explained that education in Indonesia is also facing change. “Every year, Indonesia needs at least 600,000 people in the workforce with adaptive capabilities,” Dedy said.

The combination of knowledge obtained on campus with soft skills received in the training is believed to exert a direct positive impact on participants. (est)