THE Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy officially opened registration for the Joint Entrance Selection (SBM) for the Tourism Polytechnic (Poltekpar) for the 2024/2025 academic year to recruit the best tourism human resource (HR) candidates.

According to Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Uno at the launch of SBM Poltekpar 2024/2025, Monday (02/26), 2024 at The Weekly Brief event with Sandi Uno said I am very proud every time we accept new students. This year we will open registration for the 2024/2025 academic year.

The theme for this year’s new Poltekpar student admissions is “Quality Vocational Education Will Produce Superior and Internationally Competitive Tourism Human Resources”. Polytechnic graduates are expected to become superior hospitality people who are able to work and become entrepreneurs in order to create new jobs and support economic recovery.

“I once again invite prospective Poltekpar registration participants to really consider it, because this is the path to achieving success. Do you want to get a job or become an entrepreneur? Just study at Poltekpar!” said Sandiaga.

“With hope in Allah’s protection, today, Monday, February 26 2024, the Joint Selection Path to Enter Tourism Polytechnic (Poltekpar) is officially opened,” said Sandiaga.

Meanwhile, the Chair of PMB Poltekpar FY 2024-2025 who is also the Director of Poltekpar Bali, Ida Bagus Putu Puja, said that the joint selection to enter Poltekpar is one of two routes for accepting new Poltekpar students. Apart from the joint selection, the six Poltekpar under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, namely Poltekpar Medan, Poltekpar Palembang, Poltekpar NHI Bandung, Poltekpar Bali, Poltekpar Lombok, and Poltekpar Makassar will also carry out independent entrance selections scheduled by each Poltekpar.

“We are dividing this (joint selection process) into three stages. First is the scholastic and literacy test which will be carried out on May 20 2024. Then we will continue with the interview test on June 6-7 2024, and the health test on June 10 2024,” he said.

He added, we will be registering for SBM starting today, February 26 2024, until May 4 2024.

Likewise, the Head of the Human Resources Development Center of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Andar Danova L. Goeltom, explained that the quota for admitting new polytechnic students this year is 3,660 with a division of 60% for the joint entrance selection route and 40% for independent selection. Then this year’s target is 14,460 registrants.

Meanwhile, the Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Ni Wayan Giri Adnyani, said that tourism is a mainstay for economic transformation and national policy has outlined that vocational education is also a priority.

“All of our schools under the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy are vocational schools. Then the fact is, our schools don’t need to wait until one year for the children to graduate, and some are even accepted to work before graduating. That is a fact,” said Giri.

One of the alumni of Poltekpar NHI Bandung who is also State Civil Apparatus (ASN) Tourism Ministry, Febrie Purwoandhika, said that while studying at Poltekpar, he received best practice, especially practicum, which was very adequate, both in terms of science and facilities and infrastructure.

“As much as 70% of the knowledge we get from Poltekpar is practical, around 30% is theory taught directly by lecturers whose preparation involves people from the hospitality industry itself,” said Febrie.

Apart from that, Tourism Polytechnic (Poltekpar) students also have competency certification for students as well as the opportunity to become daily workers or casual workers in the top hotel or cafe industry in Indonesian tourism. “So be ready immediately because 70% of the knowledge gained is applied,” concluded Febrie. []