EEC needs additional 30,000 workers

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Bangkok – The Ministry of Labor will present to cabinet members a strategy to produce more skilled workers for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) within two months.

A recent survey found that about 30,000 technical and vocational workers are still required in the EEC, which covers the three eastern provinces of Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong.

The Labor Minister, Pol. Gen. Adul Sangsingkeo, said his ministry is drafting a plan to produce more skilled workers in the short run, after a number of investors expressed their concern about the inadequacy of a sufficiently skilled workforce.

Pol. Gen. Adul said one solution would be for the EEC to develop its own skilled workers by upgrading the level of vocational education in the three provinces. He said another solution would involve setting up training courses to upgrade the skill levels of existing workers.

The plan is now being developed by the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Education.

After the plan has been drafted, the Ministry of Labor will set up public hearings with local communities before making a presentation to the cabinet.