Disabled learn about government jobs at Pattaya seminar

Friday, 06 September 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By  Warunya Thongrod

About 50 disabled Pattaya residents took advantage of training from representatives of the National Office for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Redemptorist School for People with Disabilities on how to secure public-sector jobs.

NEP Director Napha Settakorn presided over the “Tradition of the Disabled Working Within Public Agencies” seminar at Ray Resort Aug. 29-31.

The workshop was aimed at educating the disabled on provisions of the 2007 Persons with Disabilities’ Quality of Life Promotion and Development Act, which was updated in 2011 to require at least 1 percent of employees private-sector companies be disabled or, if not, that employers pay into a job-training fund.

Deaf individuals reading sign language while attending the seminar for the development of disabled under the agenda “Tradition of Disabled working in Public agencies” at Ray Resort Pattaya.Deaf individuals reading sign language while attending the seminar for the development of disabled under the agenda “Tradition of Disabled working in Public agencies” at Ray Resort Pattaya.

The first day of the conference covered “Life and Work of Thai Government Officers” with Napha doing the lecturing. “Tradition of Disabled Working Within Public Agencies,” presented by Sibmuenchai Phottisin, a Chonburi labor scholar, followed. Wuthipol Chaorenpol, chief of the Pattaya Permanent Secretary’s Office, and Capt. Suthinant Hattathuang, director of Laem Chabang Port made speeches the second day.

Napha said the seminar was for the disabled to learn and adopt the practices within public agencies.

She said the updated law has been successful in bringing more disabled into the workplace, with more than 17,000 employed last year. This year officials hope to raise that total to 21,000, she said.

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