In the high school level, Indonesia has a Vocational School (SMK). Vocational schools (SMK) is a form of formal education unit which organizes vocational education in secondary education as a continuation of the SMP / MTs or other forms of equal or continuation of the same learning outcomes recognized / equivalent SMP / MTs. SMK is often referred to as STM (Technical Secondary School). There are many vocational Skills Program.
Answering the needs of the banking industry to qualified human resources in the field of Islamic economics, vocational teachers consider opening a Islamic banking department. From the survey results into a few junior high schools in Jakarta, the Islamic banking department turned out in great demand.
Seeing this condition, the Islamic banking majoring officially opened in 2002 with SMK 20 Jakarta who became the vanguard. Until recently, there are 40 vocational school are opening Islamic banking major in Indonesia. This amount is more than vocational school majoring in conventional banking which is still below 20.
The Applicants of Islamic banking vocational school was not only students who are Muslim. Since 2002 there are always non-Muslim students who enroll each year. This shows the interest of society in general to basic education through Islamic banking vocational school.
The curriculum is applied in Islamic banking vocational school covers all aspects of the economy in terms of both conventional and sharia side. Not only learn about Islamic banking, the students are also given the knowledge of Islamic financial institutions such as non-bank mortgage sharia, Islamic insurance, charity, Islamic capital market, etc.
Until recently, Islamic Banking vocational school graduates have been absorbed into the Islamic financial institutions such as the BPRS and BMT. Most of them are in the position of front liners. However, there are some obstacles faced by Islamic banking in Indonesia, which are still high in the gap between the needs of industry with the availability of human resources. One way to bridge the gap is to multiply the lab or simulated Islamic banking in the learning portion. However, Islamic banking vocational school is still looking for software that is affordable for middle-school level.