PT Berau Coal founded the Sinar Mas Berau Coal Polytechnic in Berau District, East Kalimantan, in order to prepare human resources (HR) in the mining sector by prioritizing the potential of Berau Regency.

Berau Coal’s Managing Director (Managing Director), Fuganto Widjaja said that the inauguration of the first polytechnic in Berau took place on April 5 and coincided with PT Berau Coal’s 36th anniversary.

“The presence of vocational education institutions in the mining sector, which originates from company initiation and is located right in the mining center, is an effort to capture local potential, as well as equip them with capacities that are in line with industrial needs,” said Fuganto, Wednesday (04/10/2019).

According to Fuganto, the Sinar Mas Berau Coal Polytechnic started from a three-month training program for high school graduates, and has now grown to become the first Diploma education institution in Berau District. This is in line with the government’s efforts through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) to encourage the involvement of the industrial sector to share knowledge, competencies and skills in producing ready-to-work resources.

The Polytechnic is managed by the Dharma Bakti Berau Coal Foundation (YDBBC) in 2018 to get permission to open Diploma 4 Logistics Engineering Study Program, Diploma 3 Mining Machinery Maintenance and Diploma 3 Survey and Mapping using a dual system approach that collaborates as much as 30% and 70 % in the form of practice in the work environment, according to the needs of the mining industry.

The inauguration of the Community Empowerment Program in Tanjung Redeb, Berau Regency, East Kalimantan was carried out by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Ignasius Jonan.

He hopes that vocational education institutions established by industry can work in synergy with both the regional government and the central government so that they can enlarge the potential of existing HR.

“Similar to the direction of the President, in the future, we as a nation that has a large number of workers must create more vocational schools. We already have a lot of public schools, but we don’t provide specific expertise, while current jobs really need specific skills, through vocational training, “said Ignasius Jonan.

The President of the Berau Coal Commission, G. Sulistiyanto, who was present also said that his party believed that equal distribution of quality education was the basis for the movement of the wheels of sustainable business. “Especially for Berau Coal which is supported by more than 21 thousand employees and contractors, of which 52 percent are Berau people.” [MNR – News of Energy}