Politeknik Aceh Students Participate in a Vocational Program to Bridge the Skills Gap in the Palm Oil Industry

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30 students that got palm oil scholarship at Diploma III Study Program (Mekatronika) Politeknik Aceh joined Program Praktisi Mengajar in the machine workshop of SMK Negeri 2 Banda Aceh. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, BANDA ACEH – On Thursday, May 16, 2024, 30 students who received palm oil scholarships for the Diploma III Mechatronics Program at Politeknik Aceh participated in a teaching program at the machine workshop of SMK Negeri 2, Banda Aceh.

This initiative, led by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology, aims to ensure that vocational students, especially those from polytechnics, are prepared for the workforce. The teaching program promotes active collaboration between experts and lecturers in vocational universities, fostering a deeper exchange of skills and knowledge between students and professionals.

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The students engaged in the ‘CAD/CAM’ practice subject relevant to the palm oil industry, instructed by Ir. Mahmud, S.Tr., M.T., and collaborative practitioner Ir. Zulham, S.T., M.T., IPM, ASEAN. Eng., an advanced machine expert in Aceh Province.

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Dr. Hilmi, SE., M.Si., Ak, CA, Director of Politeknik Aceh, remarked that the program is a significant step towards bridging the competence gap between Politeknik Aceh graduates and the needs of the workforce, particularly in the palm oil industry.

“The teaching program would be the start to cover up the gap of competence among the graduate candidates in Politeknik Aceh with the needs in the world of work, particularly in the palm oil industries,” he said in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com on Friday, May 17, 2024.

One student who got the scholarship in 2023, Suhardion, said the program would be the new breakthrough that would enable them to practice, learn, and see in person how to work in the palm oil industry and would implement what they learned for the past two semesters on campus. “It could escalate our spirit to learn more,” he said.

learning practitioner, Ir. Zulham, said that for the past two days, the student has learned much about their experience in the palm oil industry, including how to manufacture spare parts used in palm oil industries and how to use computer-aided manufacturing (CAM). “The students learned much in palm oil industries, knew how to manufacture spare parts used in palm oil industries, and used CAM,” he said. (T2)

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