January 10, 2019
Ahmad Wijaya - Antaranews.com - 10/01/2019 14:53 WIB
Kendal, Central Java (ANTARA News) - Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto and Republic of Singapore Minister of Higher Education and Skills Ong Ye Kung inaugurated the Polytechnic of Furniture and Wood Processing Industry in the Kendal Industrial Estate, Central Java, Thursday.
The existence of the Furniture Industry Polytechnic in the Kendal Industrial Area is one of them to meet the needs of competent industrial workers to encourage increased productivity and make the furniture industry more competitive.
"The existence of the Furniture Industry and wood processing Polytechnic must be able to answer the challenges of industrial development and furniture market trends," said Minister Airlangga in his opening remarks.
According to Airlangga, the furniture market is currently shifting from the original purchase of finished products to stores, switching to ordering certain models.
This is because the furniture industry is a lifestyle-based sector. This means that product design innovation is needed that follows the latest market tastes in order to be able to compete.
The combination of production networks and technological advances in the application of industry 4.0 also supports this market trend, so the furniture industry has now been supported by technology that facilitates custom furniture manufacturing.
For this reason, the education of the Wood Furniture and Processing Industry Polytechnic curriculum and practicum facilities is not only prepared to produce HR that is suitable for the current needs of the industry, but also anticipates future HR competency needs, especially in facing the application of industry 4.0
There is also the Furniture and Wood Processing Industry Polytechnic for light industry groups that produce ready-made / consumable goods, including the furniture industry.
The learning system in the Wood Furniture and Processing Industry Polytechnic has adopted a dual system concept developed jointly with Switzerland, so that the graduates produced are truly in accordance with the needs of the industry and later can become an example for the development of vocational education in Indonesia.
Secretary General of the Ministry of Industry, Haris Munandar, on the same occasion explained that the Polytechnic of Furniture and Wood Processing Industry had started the first batch of educational operations since October 1, 2018 with three Study Programs, namely Furniture Engineering, Furniture Design and Furniture Industry Business Management.
"Since the beginning of its establishment, the Polytechnic of the Furniture and Wood Processing Industry has been working with industry starting from the preparation of curriculum, student selection, provision of teaching staff to workplace practices," Haris said.
The number of first generation students is 99 people selected from 694 registrants. All of the students have been prepared to plan for 16 furniture industry companies.
The Polytechnic is built on a two-hectare land with an area of 4,800 m2 consisting of 4 floors, equipped with exhibition space as one of the facilities for the promotion of furniture products for the industry and products produced by students' practice.