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Labour Minister Responds to PMs Orders to Accelerate Training to Supply Workers into the Tourism and Service Industries

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          On December 18, 2022, the Labour Minister, Mr. Suchart Chomklin, reported that the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, instructed the Ministry of Labour to accelerate training and skills development for workers in the tourism sector, following the government’s policy to reopen the country, coupled with the COVID-19 situation subsiding. As such, the tourism sector has expanded following the return of tourists. With the business sector recovering rapidly, employment has increased. Business operators are, therefore, in high demand for labour. The Labour Minister has responded to the above order and asked the Permanent Secretary of Labour to instruct the Department of Skill Development to accelerate skills training in line with the needs of the tourism and service industries.

          The Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr. Boonchob Suttamanaswong, said on the Ministry of Labour’s part he has instructed the Department of Skill Development to accelerate skills training for careers to support the expansion of the tourism and service sectors. There is training for the service and tourism business, including preparation for three action plans. The first is to accelerate skill training in fields related to the tourism and service sector as planned, such as Thai food business courses, in Halal food operators, Thai massage and spa workers, bartenders, maintenance workers, and drivers. Those who have completed the training have gradually joined the workplace. The second action plan is to adjust the training plan from training in other fields to focus on training in tourism and service business, mainly in tourist provinces such as Phuket, Chonburi, Rayong, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Bangkok. The third action plan, in cooperation with educational institutes at the technical, vocational, and university levels, is to send students about to graduate to work in the workplace. It is on-the-job training and bilateral cooperation for children to learn while working. The Ministry of Labour has also assigned the Department of Employment to do job matching for positions from the knowledge, abilities, and skills of new graduates completing their studies, who can then get a job in such workplaces immediately.

          Those interested in skills training for careers can contact the Skill Development Institutes and Skill Development Offices nationwide for more information or the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline, press 4 for the Department of Skill Development.


Division of Public Relations
18 December 2022