Thailand to boost labour skills for AEC 2015

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BANGKOK, July 9 —  The Ministry of Labour is set to upgrade Thai labour skills to gear up for the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community 2015.

Permanent-secretary for Labour Jirasuk Sugandhajati presided over the “Wake up Worker” event organised on Wednesday in Bangkok as an effort to improve the quality of Thai workers, which make up the majority of the people in the country.

It was also considered as preparation for the AEC 2015, when there would be a free flow of labour in the Southeast Asian region.

The labour ministry aimed to improve four areas of Thai labour, including languages, especially English, technology, specific skills, and preparation for working in cross-cultural environments.

The improvement would be carried out by organising high technology-based training programmes and developing a national labour skills standards system.

Meanwhile, Thai Health Promotion Foundation (THPF), in collaboration with the Labour Ministry, and the Thai Federation on Logistics, developed an ASEAN language translation application for smartphones called “Application Happy Talk”, consisting of 10 ASEAN languages and Chinese.