Apparently for SMK (Sekolah Menengah Kejuruan) students, finding a job is quite challenging after graduating school. This happens due to the lack of competitiveness between them and other school graduates in the working environment. SMK graduates have very limited general skills that are needed and usually a requirement in job vacancies.
According to the Badan Pusat Statistik RI (Indonesian Central Bureau of Statistics), SMK graduates contributes the largest in unemployment. They scored the highest at 8,92% when viewed from education level on TPT (Tingkat Pengangguran Terbuka), an indicator of unemployment for Indonesian working-age population. The director of Training Institutions of the Ministry of Manpower (Bina Kelembagaan Pelatihan Kementerian Ketenagakerjaan), elaborates that besides technical skills, soft skills are also very important to be given to prospective laborers.
EDU Foundation, partnered with professionals with access to the Department of Labor, convened an excellent program that will teach and provides soft skills for SMK graduates, and also supporting the government program along the way. EDU Foundation already owned the soft skills learning modules, which are not available inside basic school subjects, but nevertheless, are critical in the working world.
Besides aiming in carrying out continuous school programs that are currently active, the long-term purpose of this soft skills program is to create student generations which are active, creative, and independent, participating in educating the nation, and to have scientific behavior in every aspect of people’s life.