Thailand Government plans to boost vocational education and training
To improve the number and quality of vocational and technical students, and ensure that they undertake appropriate training for specific careers, the Education Ministry of Thailand is planning on a large overhaul of vocational and technical courses.
To invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), foreign investors are skeptical due to the level of adequacy of the Thai workforce and employability issues within the nation. These investors need to be confident in a workforce who are skilled, which allows them to control the quality of the outcomes.
Nataphol Teepsuwan, The Education Minister of Thailand, has voiced the need to improve the standard of vocational education in the region to encourage future investments by foreign investors.
The Office of Vocational Education and Commission (OVEC) will help the ministry to identify the skills needed by foreign business and develop the curriculum(s) that can match with the demands of these foreign investors.
Mr. Nataphol mentioned that the courses offered will be focused on areas relating to the s-curve industrial sectors and advance technologies like automation and robotics. There will also be a centre established by OVEC, where students can be trained to global standards, in specific fields.
He also stated that there is an importance to improve the English proficiency of Thai teachers and students nationwide, to develop the language skills needed to be more competitive in the international field.
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