Representatives from APKRI Athi Munzillah and Harmoko, paid a visit to the Balai Besar Pelatihan Vokasi dan Produktivitas (BBPVP) in Medan. The visit aimed at exploring potential collaborations for training the workforce and empowering the local community, particularly in utilizing and producing bamboo for value-added products.
The visit began with a two-fold objective. Firstly, to discuss potential collaboration for training the workforce in bamboo management and utilization. Secondly, to explore opportunities for community empowerment by training locals in the production of bamboo products with added value. As part of this initiative, the delegation inspected bamboo resources and met with the village head, Pak Lurah Sai Bingai, in Langkat District, which is known for its bamboo potential.
Key findings from the visit to the Construction Vocational Workshop at BBPVP Medan from December 20 to 22, 2023, include 1) Strategic Location and Uniqueness: BBPVP Medan is one of the five Balai Besar Pelatihan Vokasi dan Produktivitas in Indonesia and the only one located outside Java. Situated at Jl. Gatot Subroto Km. 7.8, Medan, North Sumatra, the location is strategically positioned to serve vocational training needs. 2) Vocational Majors: The BBPVP Medan offers two vocational majors: Building Construction and Tourism. Building Construction includes roles such as surveyors, draftsmen, cabinet makers, joinery experts, finishing technicians, and woodworkers.
3) Facilities and Equipment: The facilities and equipment at BBPVP Medan are well-equipped for both training and mass production of construction projects, furniture, and crafts, especially using wood and bamboo as raw materials. The imported machines from Austria adhere to large-scale production standards, requiring skilled personnel for operation and maintenance. 4) Bamboo as a Sustainable Material: The future plan for BBPVP Medan includes incorporating bamboo as an alternative material for product development. Bamboo, being a fast-growing plant, is considered an environmentally friendly alternative to wood, contributing to environmental conservation efforts. 5) Survey in Sei Bingai, Langkat: A survey was conducted in the village of Rumah Galoh, Sei Bingai sub-district, Langkat Regency, North Sumatra. The region, rich in bamboo clusters among oil palm and other trees, showed potential for bamboo sourcing. The delegation collaborated with BBPVP Medan, P3G Yogyakarta, and APKRI Yogyakarta, finding that bamboo could be sourced through local bamboo collectors skilled in extracting bamboo as a livelihood.
The visit marks a significant step towards potential collaborations for vocational training and community empowerment in the sustainable use of bamboo, aligning with environmental conservation goals. The delegation expressed optimism about the prospects for future partnerships and initiatives in the region. (elw)