Thailand cooperates with neighboring nations in labor skill enhancement

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The Skill Development Department has this year started cooperating with neighboring Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia in holding labor skill enhancement training in various fields, as suggested by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Director-General of the Department M.L. Puntrik Smiti says the training provides both senior and junior workers language courses in English and neighboring languages. The training also provides skill enhancement in various fields, such as electrical and welding work, air conditioner repairs, tourism and service.

About 1,800 labor teachers and 1,500 junior workers have passed the language courses. The department requests cooperation from employers to support further training that is done in person and online. Previously, the department had taught language skills to 50,000 workers per year, but plan to cover 150,000 workers annually.

He said the department would conduct a survey with workers and employers in Thailand and the neighboring countries to use the data on their demands to improve the course curriculums and ask for a greater budget.