On 25 April 2019, the German-Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce (EKONID), in cooperation with Wisma Jerman, held a seminar on German Dual Vocational Education & Training (GDVET) in Hotel Majapahit Surabaya. Around 49 participants from local companies, organizations, as well as representatives of provincial government joined the seminar to obtain information about GDVET.
Following opening remarks from Dr. Suhartono, Head of SMK Education of the Education Office of East Java Province, Mr. Christopher Tjokrosetio, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Germany, expressed his opinion and shared his experience in managing his own company and the difficulties in getting skilled and well-trained employees. Afterwards Ms. Ute Brockmann, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Training and Education of EKONID highlighted EKONID’s effort in spreading information about GDVET programs and its cooperation with companies and SMKs in Jakarta and East Java.
The highlight of the event was a panel discussion with Mr. Götz Kassing, President Director of PT MAN Energy Solutions Indonesia, Mr. Reimund Schmidt, Managing Director of PT E-T-A Indonesia and Mr. Bustomek, Head of the HR Department of PT Barata Indonesia, who shared their experience with GDVET in their respective companies and the advantages of vocational education according to German standard.