In Indonesia, where higher educations are not highly prioritized by the majority, a lot of children only have the privilege up to secondary level education. A lot of these graduates from secondary school are not yet ready to enter the workforce.
The less educated younger generations are racing their way to join the workforce in the city. Some will work in factory and other might even work as bluecollar overseas. To prepare the younger generation enter the workforce without overflooding the city, numerous vocational school are opened throughout Indonesia to provision the young generation with skills to enter various industries, including farming.
Though feeding the nation, staying in their rural area and be a Farmer was not a child’s dream. Farming has still considered as a traditional industry in Indonesia, and run traditionally in the rural areas. To change this mindset and help the farming advance, students entering the force need to be exposed directly to modern farming with skills and experience.
JAPFA has always opened the door for vocational students to be an intern and practice farming in company farm through its subsidiary, Ciomas Adisatwa. In these farms, the vocational student were allowed to practice running the farm and practice what they learn in the classroom towards reality. JAPFA exposes them to the industry compare to sitting in the classroom all the time.
Indonesians are very obedient and observant; they know they had to learn and how to learn. However, in these farms students are allowed to do beyond learning, they are allowed to practice farming as an industry, to ask questions, and to have ideas.
One vocational school that have been working together with JAPFA for a long run was Farming Vocational School in Pati. The school believe that students who have experience professional farming will find it easier to work at the farm of their own later on. Not training them to only to enter the workforce, but to open and run their own farm, their own business.
Not only letting students entering its farm, has JAPFA also reached out to schools. JAPFA had built several Teaching Farm for secondary students to practice poultry farming in small scale. These teaching farms have served as a practical lab for students to practice running their own farm. Not only in university level, JAPFA had also built several teaching farms in secondary level; in Pesantren Modern Al Barokah in Simalungun and Sekolah Satu Atap Terpadu in Purwakarta.
These initiatives are done with hope in mind that the next generations of Indonesians are not of blue collars but entrepreneur who are ready to enter the industry and also contribute to the economy.