BANGKOK, 31 March 2012 – The National Board of Vocational Training Coordination (NBVTC) has approved a plan to offer language and cultural training to Thai workers in major industries as part of the plan to prepare the country’s entry into the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).
The project which focuses on improving Thai workers’ English communication skills is intended for those in the major sectors, including tourism, logistics, service, auto industry and general industries so that they can adjust to the multi-cultural working environment when the country has become part of the AEC.
English language experts will be assigned to give people in the above said fields necessary language skills, such as fundamental English, and use of technical terms.
Those in the field of logistics will be taught Asian culture and Asian languages, including Chinese, Cambodian and Vietnamese.
The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) emanates from the ASEAN Leaders’ vision to transform ASEAN into a single market and production base that is highly competitive and fully integrated into the global community by 2015. The economic integration goals will include, among others, the elimination of tariffs, free movement of professionals, freer movement of capital, and a streamlined customs clearance procedure.