PAIR announces Young People and Skills Rapid Research programs

The Partnership for Australia-Indonesia Research (PAIR) has greenlit five Young People and Skills Rapid Research projects, with results to be published later this year.

The collaborative research projects will revolve around the theme ‘young people and skills in South Sulawesi’ and focus on Indonesia’s largest demographic group, those aged between 16 and 30.

Young people are a driving force for development not only in South Sulawesi, but across Indonesia. Investing in the health, skills and enterprise development of the nation’s youth is essential for well-being and national economic stability.

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Examining Skill Gaps and Participation of Young Women in the Food Processing Industry South Sulawesi

South Sulawesi’s economic growth and continued infrastructure development isn’t yet translating into an improvement in employment opportunities, particularly for young women, due to the gender gap in skill development and the labour market.

While the governments of both Indonesia and South Sulawesi have identified vocational education and training as strategies to address skills gaps, little is known as to whether the training is relevant in order to allow young women to get jobs.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Universitas Hasanuddin will examine young women’s current participation, skills gaps, and barriers for participation in employment and access to skill development in South Sulawesi’s food processing industry. The research analyses apparent mismatches in skills between employers and the labour market as well as those between industry skill demands and training sector development.

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A Prototype for a Capacity Building Program in Seaport Engineering and Operation at Makassar New Port

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Universitas Hasanuddin will create a prototype of a capacity building program for the Makassar New Port, focusing on seaport engineering and operations.

The project will target gaps in knowledge and skills of young people in the professions, identified by comparing the existing capacities of employees with industry expectations.

The prototype program will also include recommendations for activities that can be embedded in educational institutions, to motivate young people to follow a career path in seaport engineering and operation. The project also addresses the Strategic Integrated Project by exploring how training and education contribute to shaping the aspirations of young people.

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Attracting and retaining women in the transportation construction sector in South Sulawesi

A clear and significant gender gap exists within the South Sulawesi transport construction industry. According to The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS), just 2 percent of the workforce consists of women, with a third of that figure in administrative roles including secretarial and clerical duties.

Moreover, young women are often discouraged from pursuing a career in the construction sector because of mistaken assumptions that they’re unsuitable for the work.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Institut Teknologi Bandung plan to summarise the current participation of women in the sector, identify factors that deter young women from seeking a career within the industry, and find out more about the challenges faced from those already working within it.

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Digital inclusion: design strategies to build accessible and inclusive digital solutions for the diffable community

Technology plays a major role in the lives of Indonesians. The COVID-19 pandemic has increased reliance on digital inventions within government, business and schools. The diffable community is seldom consulted as these means are devised, leading to their non-engagement and exclusion from civic involvement.

Researchers from the University of Melbourne and Universitas Hasanuddin plan to translate and adapt the ‘Ethical and Equitable Design Matrix’, as developed at University of Melbourne, to provide guidelines for equitable engagement with the South Sulawesi diffable community. When complete, the ‘Indonesian Ethical and Equitable Digital Design Matrix’ will promote greater access to digital technologies and opportunities for those with disabilities, particularly in the province of South Sulawesi.

The work will be performed through close collaboration with diffable organisations, young members of the diffable community and state-owned enterprises in South Sulawesi.

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Development of Digital Literacy Among Young People: The Case of Pelindo 4 Makassar

Significant economic growth in the Makassar megapolitan region has left young people there ill-equipped to deal with rapid socio-economic and technical changes. Thus, they also may be missing out on new opportunities that may arise.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne, Universitas Hasanuddin and Universitas Indonesia aim to empower young people involved in Pelindo 4 Makassar to enhance their capacity in managing port operations as well as downstream skills in logistics and supply chain within the economy.

As part of the project, researchers will assess the current and required digital skills for effective and efficient management of port operations, identify improvements in training opportunities and develop a roadmap of digital literacy development to address identified gaps.

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