Relaunch of the Indonesian vocational school in multimedia, animation
I learned a lot of knowledge, especially in modeling using the standard software Maya
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Minister of Education, Culture, Research and Technology, Nadiem Anwar Makarim, has launched the eighth episode of Merdeka Learning, specifically the Center of Excellence Vocational Schools Program.
This policy is an effort by the government to produce qualified SMK graduates.
The Center of Excellence Vocational Schools Program is a realization of President Joko Widodo’s vision to produce superior Indonesian human resources (HR) through vocational education and improve national HR goals.
Currently, several vocational schools in Indonesia have yet to meet the requirements of the industrial sector. This creates challenges and issues that need to be addressed to produce the best vocational school graduates.
This includes improving the skills of teachers and school principals as well as creating synergies between different stakeholders.
“This includes synergy with business and industry. Participation is quite rare,” Makarim noted.
There is a need for vocational schools to improve their curriculum development with business and industry, add school facilities in line with vocational high school unit standards, and streamline school management which is still congested by various administrative problems.
The Center of Excellence vocational schools program will later produce graduates, who will be absorbed into industry and business or become entrepreneurs. The ministry will also establish a link and match between vocational education and employers.
Vocational school graduates are expected to work and be absorbed into industry, continue their studies and work for themselves or as entrepreneurs.
The Center of Excellence Vocational School should cooperate with all industries in the related sector.
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The Center for Excellence Vocational School is also required to follow eight pre-determined steps: a curriculum prepared with industry, true project-based learning from businesses and industries, the number and role of teachers or instructors from industry and company experts, field work or industry practice, skills certification, technology updates, and teacher or instructor training.
In addition, there will be additional supervision of universities. Of the 895 vocational schools concerned, seven sectors will be favoured: creative economy, machinery, construction, hospitality, maritime, agriculture and foreign cooperation.
Collaborate with RUS Vocational School
Nowadays, the creative economy sector in Indonesia has developed rapidly.
The development of this sector is directly proportional to the demand for experts in various industries of the creative economy sector.
This prompted the Ministry of Education and Culture to collaborate with the Vocational High School Raden Umar Said (RUS) (SMK RUS) in Kudus, Central Java, by organizing a course attended by students and teachers vocational training centers from various parts of Indonesia.
SMK RUS is one of the excellent Vocational Secondary Schools (SMK PK) which is a professional development program aimed at developing student quality and performance.
Development goes through partnerships with the economic and industrial world (DUDI).
SMK RUS has its own advantage as a professional high school, with a curriculum similar to a professional industry.
Moreover, SMK RUS teachers are industrial practitioners, expected to easily apply industrial cultures in school.
This has become one of the considerations of the Ministry of Education and Culture in choosing SMK RUS as an internship location for selected teachers and students from vocational schools across Indonesia to enhance their skills.
The internship, lasting two months, should provide work experience, close to being in the industry, to students and teachers of the Professional Animation and Multimedia High School.
In addition, this internship activity is expected to enhance participants’ skills and enrich their portfolio.
Vocational schools selected to participate in the internship program at SMK RUS Kudus are Garut 2 Vocational High School (West Java), Semarang 11 Vocational High School (Central Java), Darul Ulum Muncar Vocational High School in Banyuwangi District (East Java), Bondowoso 1 Cerme Vocational High School (East Java), Malang 11 Vocational High School and Malang 4 Vocational High School (East Java), Delanggu 1 Vocational High School in Klaten District (Central Java), Boyolangu 1 Vocational High School in Tulungagung District (East Java ), and Buer 1 Vocational High School in Sumbawa District (West Nua Tenggara).
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Apart from improving technical skills, this internship also aims to improve soft skills through the work and task given to the trainees.
For example, interns must work to tight deadlines, be able to communicate and collaborate with various divisions, and think critically and creatively to overcome challenges in their project.
The work given is a real industry project to help interns understand and experience real industry culture.
A total of 11 teachers from SMK RUS became assistants, responsible for improving the skills of the participants so that they acquired industry standard skills.
One of the ways to improve this skill is to provide jobs with tight deadlines with the same quality as industry standards.
Although it sounds simple, many participants say that this internship program is a big challenge for them.
One of the participants is a 3D modeling teacher from Boyolangu 1 Vocational High School, Erwan Septiyono.
Septiyono said working with industry standards was not common at her school. This internship was a challenge for him, even if he thought that this challenge could be overcome.
“Actually, it’s quite difficult because we are not used to working like in the industry, but I’m sure that once this internship is completed, my friends and I will be able to apply it in our vocational school. “Said Septiyono.
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Meanwhile, a student from Malang 4 Vocational High School, Muhammad Rafli, felt honored to be able to participate in the internship activity, along with applicants from all over Indonesia.
Rafli admitted to having acquired several new and different types of knowledge compared to what he had learned in school.
“I learned a lot of knowledge, especially in modeling using the standard Maya software,” he said.
In addition, he received decent knowledge of texturing and rendering.
In fact, Rafli also learned about the animation production pipeline applied in the industry.
The course, which was attended by 18 students and four professors from the animation department, took place at SMK RUS, which has become one of the professional schools assisted by the Djarum Foundation.
Through this internship opportunity, participants can also learn about concept art, 3D modeling, and motion graphics for UI/UX.
Djarum Foundation Education Program Associate Galuh Paskamagma noted that this internship activity can prove to be a great experience and increase knowledge to be competitive in the field of work.
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She is optimistic that the interns can apply their knowledge and experience gained through this internship to improve the quality of graduates in the respective vocational schools.
Paskamagma also noted that through the SMK RUS-inspired class, students receive not only theoretical knowledge, but also hands-on practice from experts in their fields. Inspirational courses are free to take and chosen by students based on their interests.
Meanwhile, film producer and writer Ita Sembiring said SMK RUS provided students with survival skills to become competent graduates.
Minister Makarim also reported that SMK RUS has implemented the learning concept of independent learning.
The internship, which started from February 2022, was carried out according to industry standards. It is very likely that if the participants apply their knowledge in their respective vocational schools, then there will be several experts in the field of quality animation produced by vocational schools in Indonesia.
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