Deputy Labour Minister Visits Bangplee Industrial Estate to Drive Vocational Students into the Automotive Industry

On September 14, 2020, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat, Advisor to the Deputy Labour Minister on Academic Affairs Associate Professor Dr. Busakorn Watcharasriroj, Members of the House of Representatives Khun Akarawat Asawahem and Yongyut Suwanbutr, and the Ministry of Labour’s executives visited Samut Prakan to give words of encouragement to over 100 trainees. The trainees consisted of 64 vocational students at the Vocational Certificate 2 level in automotive mechanics and another 50 workers from the automotive industry, preparing before entering the workforce. The occasion took place at the Samut Prakarn Skill Development Institute 1.

            Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat said that Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayut Chan-ocha gives great importance to the skill development of the country’s workforce, to have the potential to meet the standards and receive a wage rate according to the skills standards. Such measures will contribute to increasing the competitiveness of the country, driving Thailand forward together in line with their operating guidelines under the concept of creating, lifting, and uniting Thailand to build a nation. The visit today observed skill training activities to a group of vocational students at the vocational certificate level 2, in mechanics. A total of 64 people attended the training with the Department of Skill Development. The objective is to create a skilled workforce to have quality and standardization that meets the labor market’s needs. Although the automotive industry was affected by the spread of the Covid-19 virus, resulting in the need to stop or dissolve businesses, companies in the automotive-related industry, such as the automotive spare parts industry, continued as the products are used for both personal cars and transportation vehicles.

The Deputy Labour Minister further said that the industry still needs skilled labour, relevant expertise for work, and skill development for new workers among senior vocational students, in preparation before entering the workforce. It is the duty of the Department of Skill Development, Ministry of Labour, to add skills to be capable of real work, more practice, and training experience in the workplace. Efforts must integrate with the private sector, with modern machines and tools to allow new workers to learn modern technology. When they have to go to work, they will work with those technologies such as automatic engines, robot control, and other knowledge necessary in the automotive industry. From inquiries, it was found that this group of vocational students will learn basic industry knowledge and practice turning and milling parts with CNC machines. The course started on August 31 and will end on September 18, 2020. In addition, there will be training for 50 other automotive workers. Companies have sent workers to train skills in the ISO 9001 quality control system and electrical systems and relays to raise skill levels with a training period of 30 hours.

After that, the Deputy Labour Minister and committee observed practices and gave words of encouragement to Thai youths representing Thailand in the ASEAN and International Skill Competition in the field of CNC machining (lathe and milling) and cooling systems technology. In 2021, there will be the 13th ASEAN Skill Competition between April 6-11, 2021, hosted in Singapore and the 46th International Skill Competition hosted in Shanghai, China. Therefore, participants who will have to travel to compete have practiced skills to gain expertise and solve immediate problems. The training covers the customs, traditions, and cultures of each country too. Thailand sent youths to compete at the ASEAN level in 6 categories: 1. Food and beverage services, 2. Cooking, 3. Cooling system technology, 4. Hairdressing, 5. Mobile robotics, and 6. Automotive technology.

“The skills competitions at the national, ASEAN, and international levels will encourage and motivate Thai youths to develop themselves constantly. It is an opportunity to build a reputation for the country and work in the future. Most of the representatives are from vocational students who are already grounded in educational institutions, to develop their skills further with the Ministry of Education and the private sector to support practical training. The efforts are considered a civil state collaboration, which will result in a qualified workforce,” the Deputy Labour Minister concluded.

 

 

Source: Ministry of Labour

 

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