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Remote Skills Academy for Indonesians

Remote Skills Academy re-skills newly jobless Indonesians in Bali to become certified remote on-line workers and build new careers.

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There is a need to provide alternative, sustainable employment opportunities to those who have lost their jobs, especially for those in the tourism sector. These jobs are incredibly vulnerable to the whims of the tourism industry, which has been decimated by the current COVID-19 pandemic. Remote, virtual work has become increasingly popular and sought after and is widely used and valued by many of the worlds most prominent companies. But in order to be able to get these types of jobs people will need to acquire new skills - skills which are not typically taught at schools or universities. This initiative is a partnership between Livit Remote Skills Academy and Kopernik (an Indonesia based social enterprise. Through this partnership we will support 250 people who have lost their jobs and train them to become certified remote workers. We will focus on building skills that allow them to efficiently work online from any location with a good wi-fi connection. We will also identify, and connect them to potential employers who are recruiting for skilled online workers (such as virtual assistants) in order for them to be able to secure new sustainable employment.

The subjects covered will include topics such as:  

+ Basic Online Admin 101

+ Social Media

+ Email Marketing

+ Basic Web Management

+ Social Graphics & Captions

+ Content Repurposing

+ How To Promote Yourself/Prepare yourself for a new career

What is the need are you focusing on?

In these uncertain times, the ability to work online, remotely is emerging as both a necessity, as well as a super-power.

But how do you acquire these ‘special’ remote work skills, which are not usually taught at schools or universities?

An overwhelming majority of degrees and certifications in Bali focus on hospitality and tourism. There are very few opportunities and essentially no programs that prepare Indonesians based in Bali for a digital, remote future. This leaves them extremely vulnerable and in lack of real options when tourism massively decreases or stops, which has happened repeatedly over the last decades (Bali bombings, Mt. Agung eruptions, earthquakes/tsunami threat, the current pandemic).

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing an actual pivot your organization has already made

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Livit International is a support ecosystem and service provider for entrepreneurs and startup teams that has been offering services in Bali for the past 9 years. The target audience until now has been mainly on expats working remotely, who happen to choose Bali as their destination. The Pivot is a shift to focusing on Indonesians and Balinese who until now generally have not benefitted from the the remote working opportunities.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • I plan to share with an implementing organization

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The Remote Skills Academy opens up a whole new world of opportunities for Indonesians, especially Balinese, who are currently among the most affected communities due to the pandemic. An overwhelming majority of jobs in Bali are tourism-based, and they simply no longer exist as a result of COVID-10. In order to ensure survival, these workers face two options: relying on state aid (which is extremely limited), donations/charity or reinventing their careers and re-skilling themselves. We will support them in their re-skilling to make other careers and opportunities available to them beyond those of the tourism sector.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Livit International Indonesia & Kopernik (This is a partnership between two organisations)

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Livit International: is a support ecosystem and service provider for entrepreneurs and startup teams that specialises in offering the following: 1. Inspiring work and innovation spaces in Bali 2. Business support services (recruitment, finance, legal, HR). 3. Consultancy on how to nurture scalable, high-performance, remote-capable teams 4. Curated work sprint and retreat events When asked what we do, the simplest way to describe it is “Reinventing Work” Website: https://liv.it Kopernik is an Indonesia based R&D Lab for solving social and environmental issues. Kopernik has been addressing the unmet needs of underserved Indonesians for the past 10 years.

What is your profession?

Lavinia Iosub: Managing Partner Livit International Ewa Wojkowska: Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Kopernik

Where are you located (country)?

Indonesia

Where are you located (region)?

  • South-eastern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Business/Consulting

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 5-10 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Private Sector
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need to identify employers that will employ the newly skilled remote/virtual workers.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

The two main barriers we see in implementing this solution are: Some of the most affected people on the island do not have access to a computer or basic skills in operating one, which is essential in learning to work online/remotely. The pandemic has significantly affected the global economy and there are less job opportunities available even in the digital/online/remote world, and some already experienced remote workers might be competing for them and making it hard for “newbies” to secure well paid projects. Nonetheless there are 'winners' in terms of companies who will grow and do well during and post the pandemic, and they will need workers. Through this collaboration we intend to prepare re-skilled Balinese for this work.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We are currently on week 3 for the first batch/pilot group. We’ve learned so far that: Our target group is extremely interested in this learning opportunity. Even with very little promotion/marketing efforts (we spent around 15$ on ads), we had more signups than capacity in the first cohort. Those who signed up generally had access to a good internet connection and computers, which made it viable to teach all classes online. The course participants made great progress in their understanding of online work and have generally been extremely diligent completing the many assignments they have. The participants who paid the symbolic fee (as opposed to being sponsored by their employer or a supporter) demonstrate a much higher level of commitment, interest, attendance.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

No.

Website URL

Web page for pilot course: https://liv.it/virtual-assistance-course/ https://kopernik.info/en/donate/covid19-bali-emergency-response

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