The arrival of a freer Asean Economic Community in 2015 means Indonesia’s workforce will face stiffer competition from Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Restrictions on movement of labor across Asean members’ borders will be removed, and a 2004 survey by the Asian Productivity Association revealed Indonesia ranked a distance below those countries in both productivity rates and skills.

Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce, Kadin, has noted the skills gap. Training programs currently available in Indonesia do not provide the standards required for international business, it says, meaning in-demand workers such as nurses were inadequately qualified for work outside their home country. The head of Kadin’s standing committee for workplace competency certification,┬áSumarna Abdurahman, said the organization would consult with other chambers of commerce across the region to identify the standards required. It even plans to operate its own training center and establish a new National Council for the Development of Industrial Competency Standards. Kadin will also condut further research into which sectors are most likely to require Indonesian workers, noting that demand has so far been greater in low skilled domestic and technical positions.

source & article: The Jakarta Globe