Towards the end of last year, MRO service provider SR Technics and ZbW St. Gallen, a leading institution in dual vocational education and training (dVET), held a six-week advanced training programme for 15 Indonesian polytechnic instructors.

The training marked the start of a major ‘lecturer retooling’ programme launched last year by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education with the goal of enhancing the skills and knowledge of up to 1,500 instructors over the next five years.

The pilot course, which was led in St. Gallen and Zurich Airport in Switzerland, provided the baseline experience for regular courses in mechanics, mechatronics and electro technics that will be deployed across different education centres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland known for their dVET systems.

A monitoring and evaluation team at the Ministry has verified the pilot course successfully met its targets, saying the participants were highly motivated to learn modern teaching methods in general didactics at ZbW as well as applied technical didactics in the industrial environment at SR Technics. Furthermore, all passed the exams required to complete the course.

The general concept of the programme was developed by SITECO, a Swiss NGO promoting dVET in selected countries.

Last year, SR Technics welcomed a new Deputy CEO and Deputy CFO to its management team.