Skill development in textile industry
The government of Indonesia is laying emphasis on human
resource development in the textile industry, as the industry is
one of the mainstays of commodity manufacturing industries and
an important component of national economic development, said
Ansari Bukhari, Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry.
He said Indonesian textile industry continues to deliver a
surplus trade balance and it plays a major role in the process
of industrialization, as the products produced from raw
materials like fibres to consumer goods like apparel have good
He said that the growth prospects of the Indonesian textile
industry would be better in future due to high demand in the
domestic market and the rising world consumption.
At present, the share of the Indonesian textile industry in
the world market is only 2%, so there is still a very large
opportunity for the textile industry to expand in the world
The Ministry of Industry has made strategic efforts for the
development of the national textile industry, and one such
effort is the Program for Restructuring of Machinery in textile
and clothing industry, since 2007. Under the program, rebates
and interest subsidy is given to textile companies for up
gradation of machinery and equipment.
Under the program, Rp. 9.9 trillion investment was injected
into the textile industry from 2007 to 2012, while the
production has increased by 15%-34%, energy consumption reduced
by 5%-9%, and productivity increased by 6%-10%.
Along with the improved performance, there is also a need for
increased human resources in the textile industry. In order to
cater to the manpower needs, the Ministry, in collaboration with
the Textile Industry Association (API), has conducted skill
development programs since 2011.
Accordingly, in 2013, 600 people were trained in garment
making and were absorbed and placed in several garment units
that have signed a memorandum of understanding with the BDI
The Ministry representative said certification of competence
becomes critical in view of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)
that will take effect at the end of 2015. The AEC will open
opportunities for workers from other ASEAN countries to compete
with Indonesian labour in order to get a job in the country.