The JPMorgan Chase Foundation funded Pathways to Employment program is well underway. The undertaking involves 170 students, between the ages of 18 and 24, from less privileged family backgrounds. Prestasi Junior has created an integrated training program comprised of both market driven transferable technical skills together with soft and employability training to transition underprivileged youth into sustainable entry level employment within the manufacturing process, automotive maintenance and information technology that offer robust career pathways. We have selected male and female beneficiaries who we feel will benefit greatly through the engagement in a comprehensive learning experience focusing on both hard skills and soft skills necessary for success in the workplace. Specifically, workplaces located in the Industrial areas of Cikarang some 30kms from Jakarta. To be able to achieve our goal of ensuring young people have the necessary skills to secure placement in good work Prestasi Junior is collaborating with the institutions of Akademi Teknik Mesin Indonesia (ATMI) and MAD. Professionals from within these organizations will support student learning and enable leveraging of engagement from local industries.
This is an 18-month program and we are now underway with introductory training for selected students who have passed successfully through the selection process. They will now learn specific industrial skills, followed by an internship (which will last for up to 3 months). After this period of time each beneficiary should be well placed to secure skilled employment. Prestasi Junior’s team will be monitoring progress throughout implementation.
These photos show students beginning their training – their first day – at both ATMI and MAD campuses.