April 17, 2024

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National partners take ownership of the ILO training manual on soft skills and financial management for migrant workers

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The ILO’s Safe and Fair programme in Indonesia greatly supports and appreciates the initiative taken by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) to utilize and apply the ILO training manual on Gender Responsive Migration and Financial Planning to Enhance Soft Skills and Economic Empowerment of Women Migrant Worker in ASEAN.

One of the soft skills training programmes conducted by the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (MoWECP) utilizing the ILO training manual on Gender Responsive Migration and Financial Planning to Enhance Soft Skills and Economic Empowerment of Women Migrant Worker in ASEAN. (c) ILO

Considering the importance of gender-responsive financial management and soft skills development for economic empowerment in labour migration governance, as part of the priority of the Indonesian government, the MoWECP had taken the ownership and organized two training programmes in three areas known as Indonesia’s sending areas of migrant workers—Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara from 26-27 June, recently in Tulungagung, East Java from 20-21 July and Semarang, Central Java for the upcoming agenda.

We hope that through these training programmes, we do not only provide skills and knowledge needed for the prospective migrant workers but also strengthen the capacity of the training facilitators at government’s training centres in delivering the training and transferring knowledge.”

Prijadi Santoso, Assistant Deputy for the Protection of Women’s Rights and Human Trafficking Crimes, MoWECP

These training programmes, facilitated by the ILO’s trainers, were attended by a total of 140 participants. Ninety percent of them were prospective migrant worker, while the rest include instructors of private training centres and government officials.

Prijadi Santoso, Assistant Deputy for the Protection of Women’s Rights and Human Trafficking Crimes, MoWECP stated that the Indonesian government has paid a serious attention to better protect Indonesian migrant workers and has developed collaborative networks with relevant stakeholders to support such protection effort that includes the application of the ILO training manual.

“We hope that through these training programmes, we do not only provide skills and knowledge needed for the prospective migrant workers but also strengthen the capacity of the training facilitators at government’s training centres in delivering the training and transferring knowledge. Thus, we greatly appreciate the development of this important training manual by the ILO’s Safe and Fair programme and its partners,” he said.

With improved soft skills, migrant workers can handle a variety of skills level and specialization between domestic work sector with limited complexity such as ironing and cooking and with highly complex tasks such as care work for people living with an illness and/or disability and older people.”

Siti Badriyah, Programme Manager of Migrant Care

The training manual has been jointly developed by the ILO’s Safe and Fair programme in collaboration with Migrant Care and Atikha Philippines for Migration and Development Agency. The training manual highlights the importance of financial management and the enhancement of soft skills, in addition to hard skills, to make migrant workers more equipped for better job opportunities and to improve their financial skills for sustainable livelihoods, particularly during the repatriation phase.

Siti Badriyah, Programme Manager of Migrant Care, emphasized the benefits gained by the prospective Indonesian migrant workers to have improved communication and negotiation skills as well as better financial literacy. “Soft skills is a crucial component in skills building. With improved soft skills, migrant workers can handle a variety of skills level and specialization between domestic work sector with limited complexity such as ironing and cooking and with highly complex tasks such as care work for people living with an illness and/or disability and older people,” she added.

We have seen positive responses to institutionalize and adopt the training manual into government’s standards and curriculum to enhance the education and training programme for migrant workers in governmental, private and community-based training programme.”

Sinthia Harkrisnowo, ILO’s Programme Coordinator of the Safe and Fair

In collaboration with Migrant Care and Atikha, the ILO’s Safe and Fair programme has conducted a series of training of trainers, yielded with more than 35 trainers of whom 40 percent of them are women from private and public training centres, relevant ministries and migration organizations as well as trade unions and CSOs. In addition, the partnership with district governments as well as Migrant Resource Centres in six districts in West Java, East Java and Lampung has been able to build the capacities of more than 200 migrant workers and their families through a series of training programmes conducted at local training centres and community level.

“Through the proactive approach conducted by the trainers from our training of trainers to promote the training manual, we have seen positive responses to institutionalize and adopt the training manual into government’s standards and curriculum to enhance the education and training programme for migrant workers in governmental, private and community-based training programme. Thus, the ILO will continue support the multistakeholder partnership at all levels as part of the Indonesian migrant workers’ contribution to the 2030 sustainable development goals,” stated Sinthia Harkrisnowo, ILO’s Programme Coordinator of the Safe and Fair.

The Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region (2018-2023) is part of the multi-year EU-UN Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. Implemented by the ILO and UN Women, the programme delivers technical assistance and supports with the overall objective of making labour migration safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. The programme also focuses on the empowerment of women migrant workers’ leadership, voices, and agency through strengthening women’s engagement with governments, labour organizations as well as networks of women migrant workers.

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