Department of Employment to provide 25,000 job vacancies for flood victims

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BANGKOK, 18 October 2011  – The Department of Employment revealed the plan to prepare up to 25,000 vacancies to support flood-affected workers. Meanwhile, the department also geared up to prepare post-flood assistance project.

According to the public relations unit of the Flood Relief Operations Centre (FROC), Mr Pravit Khiengpol, Director-General of the Department of Employment reaffirmed that every agency under the Ministry of Labour has been in progress in providing assistance to flood-hit workers. Provincial labour offices have been temporarily acting as flood relief centres. Moreover, up to 25,000 job vacancies have already been provided for workers who become unemployed in Rayong, Chon Buri, Prachin Buri and Samut Prakan provinces.

The department is also going to arrange job fairs nationwide and is ready to organize short-term labour workshops for all the people in the evacuation centers. Furthermore, there is also a government-to-government labour transfer project, in which 5,000 agricultural workers will be sent to Israel, the first country under this cooperation. Nevertheless, insured workers have to directly contact provincial employment offices in order to access the chance of participation.

As for the post-flood measures, the Director-General of the Department of Employment stated that occupational trainings will be on offer while announcement will soon be made to identify jobs in the industrial sector in which workers will be able to work from their houses. Also, the Department will support tools and facilities for working.