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Japan Labour Office carries out PR to promote IM Japan Traineeship

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            The Office of Labour Affairs in Japan carried out a public relations event to promote the IM Japan Traineeship and to develop skills for those interested.


            The event was cooperated and supported by the Department of Employment, the Thailand Overseas Employment Administration (TOEA), the Nakhon Ratchasima Employment Office, companies in the IM Japan Program, and 4 vocational schools in Nakhon Ratchasima. The event was aimed to increase the number of Thai trainees in Japan. The traineeship program encourages and develops skills and potentials of Thai workers and boosts income for Thailand. Information on how to prepare to enroll in the program was also provided. The event was expected to promote the IM Japan Traineeship program to wider public especially among target groups, i.e. graduates from provincial vocational schools. The traineeship is a perfect opportunity for those who want to have working experience abroad. During 18-23 December 2011 Ms. Chantana Boon-arj, Minister-Counsellor (Labour), and Ms. Malee Wada, assistant on overseas employment promotion, and the president of the IM Japan company participants, were in Thailand to attend the event at Nakhon Ratchasima. The Director of TOEA, staff of the Nakhon Ratchasima Employment Office, and staff of the Department of Employment, also attended the event. The event was held as follows: 
Observation on Physical Test
         On Sunday 18 December 2011, the group observed the physical test conducted on applicants as a part of the selection process at the Thai-Japan Bangkok Youth Center, Dindaeng, and gave information to the applicants on various details of the traineeship and living in Japan, what to expect from the program, in order to give moral support to prospective trainees and to help them prepare.  


Observation on Interview 
         Monday 19 December 2011, in the morning, the group observed the interview test on applicants who have passed written examination and physical test at the Tian Assuchon Conference Room, 10th Floor, the MOL building. The interview is to select applicants who possess proper attitude and are determined. The group also introduced themselves to prospective trainees as people who would look after them when they are in Japan. 
Visit the Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima
          On 19 December 2011, in the afternoon, the group paid a visit to Mr. Suchart Noppawan, the Deputy Governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, to explain the traineeship program. The Deputy Governor said that the program is in line with the Nakhon Ratchasima’s policy to promote industry in the area and is beneficial in building skilled personnel for various industrial estates located in Nakhon Ratchasima area which hosts many Japanese companies.       
PR Talks to Provide Career Guidance and Introduce the Traineeship Program to Final Year Vocational Students
          On 20 and 21 December 2011, the group gave presentations on career guidance and introduction of the IM Japan Traineeship Program to final year vocational students of 4 vocational schools, approximately 1,300 students attending. The Department of Employment hosted the presentation and the Minister-Counsellor (Labour) and the president of IM Japan company participants joined in as guest speakers. Mr. Pattana Phrachaiboon, an ex-trainee of IM Japan, also came to provide insights on his own experience in Japan and skills he has received from the traineeship. 

          – Nakhon Ratchasima Engineering Commercial Technological College, a private vocational school, 400 students attended the presentation
          – Chanapollakan Institute of Technology Nakhon Ratchasima, a private vocational school, 350 students attended the presentation
          – Luangphorkoon Technical College, a public vocation school, 400 students attended the presentation: Mr. Prawit Kiangphol, Director-General of the Department of Employment, presided over the opening ceremony of the event. National television channels 3 and 7 and local cable televisions and local newspapers reported the event.
          –  Nakhon Ratchasima Technical College, a public vocational school, 150 students attended the presentation


          The Office of Labour Affairs in Japan stated the roles and duties of the Office that as an agency under the MOL it is ready to look after and provide helps and protect Thai trainees during the traineeship in Japan. This traineeship program offers lots of benefits e.g. skills, income, savings, which is over 1.25 Million Baht over the 3-year period of the traineeship (not including overtime payment), career opportunity. Those interested to enroll should prepare themselves for the test and for any training before the trip. 
Attend Labour Fair held by Nakhon Ratchasima Employment Office at the Plaza
           On 20 December 2011, the group attended a labour fair. Many companies recruited workers and a PR desk for the IM Japan Program was also set up. The fair was well received with many people attending.