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Empowering Indonesian Women in Engineering

Women have been facing challenges working in industries that are traditionally male dominated, and acknowledging the vital role of women in engineering is a topic that has only received attention in recent years. At TWI, we believe in inspiring and motivating young women to see the positive aspects of a career in science and encourage them to get involved in engineering.

Through the South East Asia Skills Enhancement Programme (SEASEP), which started off in 2018, TWI and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation have been aiming to give the opportunity of skill development to underrepresented groups and minorities in Indonesia by providing them bursaries to gain qualifications which can help them to further their career in the engineering, occupational health and safety related fields.

In March 2019, a CSWIP Visual Welding Inspector course provided Indonesian women with the unique opportunity of 100 percent bursaries for training and certification.

The programme was promoted via various social media channels, a network of agents and through word of mouth. The response was overwhelming, with numerous enquiries received from women who were keen on learning how they could broaden their career prospects and network, as well as achieving the aim of their continuous professional development.

The screening process took place in Jakarta and 20 candidates, who were all engineers majoring in metallurgy and materials as well as those with mechanical engineering background, were selected.

The training, which took place at Hotel Neo Tendean Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 to 21st of March, 2019, was a huge success. Candidates enjoyed the experience of the vocational training in a friendly environment alongside their peers from the same background and they were all very positive about the potential career opportunities after receiving their CSWIP certificates.

Vina Nanda Garajati believed that the training provided her with a great opportunity to improve her knowledge of welding inspection, which she can apply in her job as a developer of Indonesian Ship Standards. The training will also help her to improve the level of safety awareness at her work.

Candra Retnaning Ayu noted that welding inspection is a difficult area for women to get into. However, she was inspired to challenge herself by taking up the training with TWI and getting a globally recognised CSWIP certificate so she can further her opportunities in the industry.

For more information about SEASEP and the upcoming classes contact us at inquiry@twi-indonesia.com