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Indonesia Government to Boost Digital Talent for Industry 4.0

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According to Airlangga Hartarto, the coordinating minister for Economic Affairs, the period of industrial revolution 4.0 necessitates a new generation that is creative, adaptable, and innovative. The Minister of Economic Affairs stated that the younger generation has a vital role to play in the development of the country’s economy.

Generation Z, aged 8 to 23, makes up most of Indonesia’s population, accounting for 27.94% of the overall population and having a high level of digital adoption and financial sector awareness. In the next 15 years, Indonesia’s demand for digital skills is expected to surpass nine million people. Furthermore, workers with digital skills have the potential to contribute Rp4,434 trillion to Indonesia’s GDP in 2030, accounting for 16% of the country’s overall GDP.

Young people, who are creative, adaptive, and innovative, must continue to be nurtured and developed to become competitive in entering the era of the industrial revolution 4.0 and the digital economy.

– Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs

Technology- and digitalisation-based industries are predicted to become the next engines of growth, necessitating skilled human resources and entrepreneurial technopreneurs. To get the most out of current circumstances, this potential must be combined with greater production and educational quality.

“The government hopes that this opportunity would be utilised by young people to optimise creativity and innovation, as well as to be an inspiration and explore their potential to improve their knowledge and skills,” Hartarto noted.

According to Dr Hary Budiarto, head of human resources research and development at the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, the Digital Talent Scholarship (DTS) is one of the government’s attempts to prepare and improve national digital talent.

The government, through the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, is engaging with all stakeholders to expand the digital talents development programme under the Digital Talent Scholarship, which synergises ideas.

The Minister claimed that by 2021, the government hopes to have produced 100,000 digital talent. Participants who complete the DTS programme would get certifications on a national and international level. According to him, the sector today has an urgent need for many qualified and skilled digital personnel to satisfy current and future demands. He added that Indonesia needs to develop 600,000 digital skills every year, with a goal of 9 million by 2030.

The ministry, therefore, is cooperating with various parties, including the technology company that will hold the Seeds for the Future 2021 again from November 8 to 15 for skilled and talented students from Indonesian universities. This year’s programme focuses on preparing digital talent for the changing trend in the future of work, particularly post-pandemic, and gives participants the opportunity to build worldwide networks, he noted.

OpenGov Asia reported, one part of the digital transformation roadmap that gets attention is the demand for digital talent. Minister Johnny remarked that Indonesia will require 9 million digital talents over the next 15 years to support the country’s digital transformation. According to World Bank research published in 2018, Indonesia would face a digital worker shortage of 9 million skilled and semi-skilled workers between 2015 and 2030.

This requirement comes from the rapid changes inflicted by the significant impact of the digital domain to meet the demands of the fourth industrial revolution. Numerous jobs have been rated as the most in-demand in Indonesia. Artificial intelligence experts, Big Data Analytics specialists, process and Internet of Things specialists, digital marketing specialists and renewable energy technicians, data analysis specialists, digital transformation specialists, business management analysis specialists, and business development specialists are just some of the positions available.

According to the Minister of Communication and Information, fostering digital talent is especially important for those living in rural regions who want to learn how to use technology. The Ministry will offer a digital leadership academy at the higher levels, with the goal of shaping future leaders in the public and commercial sectors.

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