Meeting with Minister of Education on Vocational Education Development

Meeting with Minister of Education on Vocational Education Development

On March 4, AMCHAM's Government Affairs Director, Ambassador Tomwit Jarnson  represented AMCHAM at the meeting with H.E. Nataphol Teepsuwan, Minister of Education.

The Minister met with representatives from each foreign chamber individually in exclusive one-on-one meetings.  The invitees were AMCHAM, BCCT, AustCham, GTCC, ITCC, and STCC. Also in attendance were Anucha Burapachaisri, Secretary to the Minister, and senior officials of OVEC and Bureau of International Cooperation, Ministry of Education.

The objective of the meeting was to continue partnership in Thailand’s vocational education reform. The Minister aims to produce quality vocational graduates to meet the needs of the industry, focusing on English proficiency and specific vocational skills, and revamp the vocational system. He expressed his willingness to consider setting up regional vocational colleges in the areas, where most of the investors are located.

Through ongoing cooperation and dialogue with AMCHAM, His Excellency would like to identify  workforce needs (if any) of AMCHAM members in Thailand with an emphasis on understanding answers to the following questions:

  • Are AMCHAM members satisfied with their workers in terms of their English proficiency and vocational skills?
  • If not, what are the specific needs? – should the workers’ English be improved, should they be trained in certain areas, or both?
  • What are AMCHAM members’ long-term expectations of their workforce?

To further express his willingness to cooperate, the Minister has proposed customized training in accordance with specific needs of AMCHAM members and requested AMCHAM to do a survey regarding the above. Ambassador Tomwit informed the Minister of AMCHAM members IBM and Microsoft's co-operation with the Ministry for vocational education development.

Ambassador Tomwit also presented AMCHAM White Paper: Enhancing Thailand’s Competitiveness as an International Hub to the Minister.

 

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