Minister of Labor: “Competence certification helps workers’ competitiveness”

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Minister of Labor Ida Fauziyah. (Photo: KEMENAKER)

IO – Minister of Labor Ida Fauziyah reminds us of the importance of competence certification as a means of upgrading the competitiveness of Indonesian workers against foreign workers who may come to our country. The Ministry of Labor, in cooperation with the National Professional Certification Agency (Badan Nasional Sertifikasi Profesi – “BNSP”) endeavors to get the work competence certification issued by our Professional Certification Institutions (Lembaga Sertifikasi Profesi – “LSP”) acknowledged internationally as valid professional certification.  

“So, I remind everyone again not to play around with the certification process, because it determines the competitiveness of our workers in the global market. When we look at the development of licensed LSP until 2020, we note that we now have 1,711, comprising of LSP P3 (third party), LSP P2 (second party), and LSP P1 (first party),” explained Minister Ida, during her address/ direction during the LSP Coordination Meeting themed “Certification As Guarantee of Competent Workers” held in Jakarta on Tuesday (17/11/2020).  

The Minister of Labor states that the BNSP has a core role in the process of getting the competence of our workers acknowledged, which is in turn an important element when we prepare nationally-competent workers. In accordance with the Government Regulation of RI Number 10 of 2018 concerning the National Professional Certification Agency, BNSP has the primary duty of implementing the system for work competence certification. She said that the current certification atmosphere in Indonesia poses many challenges to both BNSP and LSP. “We need to continuously improve, harmonize, and develop our certification system, and we have the target of getting our workers’ competence acknowledged in the future. The primary target for us all should be international acknowledgement of our certification,” he said.  

Minister Ida stated that competence certification is a huge, complicated process and it is certainly not a petty issue. “LSP is the spearhead of worker competence certification. Therefore, the high integrity of any LSP licensed by the Government through BNSP must be constantly maintained, and the statement of competency issued to workers is a great responsibility for both LSP and BNSP,” she said.  

BNSP Chairman Kunjung Masehat stated in his address that the competence certification system can be used as a means to improve the competitiveness level of Indonesian workers. They allow our workforce to compete with foreign laborers entering Indonesia, as well as securing acknowledgment from their respective industries as having obtained certain competence qualifications. “We can also use competence certification as a reference when creating policies for developing the competence of our workers, or as a consideration when creating strategic plans for developing industries in Indonesia. It will reduce or even eliminate gaps and mismatches between workers and industry, business, and working worlds,” he said.  

BNSP has implemented various licensing programs throughout 2020, including remote assessments for 94 LSPs, initial licensing for 277 LSPs, re-licensing for 178 LSPs, and testing of 171 LSPs. In certification, BNSP held Competence Assessor (Asesor Kompetensi – “Askom”) training sessions with a BNSP budget for 40 persons, Askom training with independent budget for 2,995 persons, Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) using a BNSP budget for 300 persons, RCC with independent budget for 1,885 persons, and assessment certification for 447,767 persons. “Our Data and Information Division reports that we have posted public service announcements on competence certification in 8 towns (Batam, Bandung, Semarang, Surabaya, Mataram, Kupang, Makassar and Pontianak),“ Kunjung said.  

During the LSP Work Meeting, the Minister of Labor also awarded work competence certifications to representatives of six LSPs, i.e. LSPs for Indonesian Health, Housekeeping, Batik, Indonesian Music, Indonesian HSE, and Trans-Continental Trading. One of the receivers of music competence certification present, Doa Di Badai Hollo (better known as “Badai from Kerispatih”), said that his competence certification gives him professional legitimacy and consequently he can synergize with more people in the music industry, whether in Indonesia or in Southeast Asia. (dan)