EEC seminar focuses on workforce education

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Eastern Seaboard educators met in Pattaya to develop integrated programs to train employees in 10 industries key to the government’s Eastern Economic Corridor project.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak opened the March 24 meeting at the Ambassador City Hotel in Na Jomtien attended by 1,000 representatives from the Commission of the Provincial Education Office, Offices of Educational Service Area, Ministry of Education and educational institutions in Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong.

Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak (center) opened the EEC seminar at the Ambassador City Hotel.
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak (center) opened the EEC seminar at the Ambassador City Hotel.

Karun Sakulpradit, secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission, said the government not only is investing billions of baht on infrastructure, urban development and industry to make the three provinces a hub for Southeast Asian manufacturing and logistics, but wants to develop the workforce to meet the demands of new industries.

To do that, formal and informal education centers need to coordinate and create integrated curriculums that will build a capable workforce for the automotive, smart electronics, medical tourism, agriculture, biotechnology, robotics, aviation, logistics, biofuel and medical industries.

The event also featured a workshop where participants could exchange ideas for learning and planning of integrated operations and plan new courses.

The Education Ministry said it will use information gathered at the seminar to make operational plans and support educators.