The Deputy Labour Minister had a discussion with the EEC Secretary-General on creating quality workers for the workforce to support the 12 target industries to drive the overall national economy.
On September 16, 2020, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat discussed with Secretary-General of the Eastern Economic Development Zone Policy Committee Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan and the committee the issue of skills development to create a quality workforce to support the labour market in the Eastern Economic Development Zone. Advisor to the Deputy Labour Minister ML Puntrik Samiti, Deputy Director-General of the Department of Skill Development, and the working group also attended the discussion at the Saengsingkaew Room, 5th Floor, Ministry of Labour.
Prof. Narumon said that Prime Minister and Defense Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has always given priority and emphasize on the development of the country’s labour skills to meet the needs of the labour market so that workers have a job which reduces the unemployment rate; this is the Ministry of Labour’s primary mission. Agencies under the Ministry of Labour have worked together and assigned the Department of Skill Development (DSD) to develop all target worker groups’ skills. In particular, the development of labour skills to support 12 target industries in the EEC area. Itis an important engine to drive the overall national economy. The DSD has continuously organized relevant training courses ensuring workers have skills that focus on expanding their knowledge to become self-employed, such as electricians, welders, and food makers, equipping them with foundational skills that organizations in these industries have a high demand for.
The Deputy Labour Minister added that for the projects to reduce unemployment and increase personnel potential in the future, it is human resource development according to the EEC Model. The Department of Skill Development can use this project as an example for other industries such as the tourism and electronics industries. The Department of Skill Development is assigned to review current training courses on whether they meet the needs of the industry in the EEC area or not, to adjust and modernize the courses to truly meet the needs of the industrial sector and effective integration between the public and private sectors, and related agencies, working together to solve unemployment issues.
Secretary-General of the Eastern Economic Development Zone Policy Committee Dr. Kanit Sangsubhan said that the Ministry of Labour must assist in organizing training in logistics and preparing a database about job vacancies and training plans so that workers can access information and apply for jobs or training in that database. This is to facilitate workers to quickly contact and apply for jobs or training. It also allows workers to open and view information on skills that companies or industry’s needs, to develop skills to meet such needs. For this to happen, the Ministry of Labour must work with agencies to provide such a service system. This includes forming training courses that support modern technology and industries of the future. In the EEC area, some companies can receive workers trained by the Department of Skill Development to work immediately. Further details will be shared accordingly.
“The information and collaboration between the Ministry of Labour and the EEC Secretary-General today will help the Department of Skill Development have a guideline on working together to meet the workforces’ needs, benefiting both the workforce and the industrial sector. The efforts will drive the national economy forward,” concluded the Deputy Labour Minister.