Indonesia’s edtech market is sharpening its focus on skills training, or helping people stand on their feet. But the sector is heavily leaning on government funding and is far from sustainable.

The irony writes itself.

The IDR 30 trillion (US$2.13 billion) government-sponsored Kartu Prakerja, or the Pre-Employment Card Programme, has been sponsoring people to enroll in vocational training courses that are featured across seven of its official marketplace partners—Tokopedia, Kemnaker, Bukalapak, Pintaria, Pijar Mahir, Mau Belajar Apa, and Sekolah.mu. There are over 1,600 courses available, provided by 150 training providers.

The vast collection of courses is dedicated to serving around 8.4 million people in total—a sum of the 5.6 million people from last year’s target and 2.8 million for this year.

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Yunindita Prasidya

Based in Bali, Dita writes about Indonesia’s growing digital economy, including how technology is shaping the lives of young Indonesians and impacting traditional industries. She was previously a reporter at The Jakarta Post.

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