The Deputy Labour Minister aims to develop skills for people with disabilities to increase career opportunities, have a stable income, and have a good quality of life to strengthen the country’s foundational economy.
On September 18, 2020, at 13.30 hours, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat discussed with the Director of the Chiang Mai International Foundation for Persons with Disabilities Mr. Prayud Thongkham, Director-General of the Labor Court Region 1 Saraburi Mr. Narongsak Atcharanuwat, and Director of Sri Sangwan School in Chiang Mai Mrs. Puangthong Srivilai. Advisor to the Deputy Labour Minister ML Puntrik Smiti and relevant officials also participated in this discussion at Saengsingkaew meeting room, Ministry of Labour.
Prof. Narumon said that skills development for the disabled is a mission of the Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development that has been carried out continuously. There are policies to drive skills development for the workforce of all target groups in following the “create, elevate, and give” policy. The skill development for people with disabilities will be in the “giving” section, giving opportunities to vulnerable groups to receive assistance and access to government services thoroughly, including people with disabilities, the elderly, and women workers. This is especially for groups who are likely to be at risk of being laid off from the introduction of technology into the production process and work of industrial groups. Prime Minister and Minister of Defense General Prayuth Chan-ocha have always emphasized and given importance to this issue. Therefore, he has assigned to the Ministry of Labour to expedite assistance from skills enhancement and promote employment for people with disabilities aged between 15 to 60 years of age, which has 819,550 people. From this number, there are 271,916 people with jobs. There are 330,339 people with disabilities who are at the working-age who can work and 217,295 people who cannot work. In addition, 78 percent of the occupation of people with disabilities is in agriculture, with the vast majority of disabled people living in the countryside (as of September 2017).
Director of the Chiang Mai International Foundation for Persons with Disabilities Mr. Prayud Thongkham said that between 2017 and 2018, there were 547 families of disabled families in four batches, trained by the ASEAN Center for Vocational Disabled Persons with Disabilities in the northern and central regions. The courses conducted training, such as the cultivation of the Phu Thuan mushrooms, crickets, hydroponic vegetable cultivation, organic farming, marketing, accounting, and management. Each course consists of 93 hours of theoretical training and 507 hours of practical training, totaling 600 hours (100 days). The courses are certified by the Department of Skill Development.
In 2018, over 500 people with disabilities and their caregivers applied for assistance from the International Foundation for Persons with Disabilities. They requested independent vocational training or employment. Today, they met with the Deputy Labour Minister to seek assistance from the Ministry of Labour, to encourage and coordinate with organizations to cooperate in accepting persons with disabilities or caregivers of persons with disabilities. In particular, organizations that contributed to the Fund for Promotion and Development of the Quality of Life of Persons with Disabilities as a policy and requested the Ministry of Labour to promote and coordinate with the ministries and related agencies to use the funds to train and hire more people.
“If people with disabilities receive appropriate assistance and rehabilitation, it will enable them to live in a society without burdening others. People with disabilities must be promoted to work on an equal basis with the general public to become a force that is beneficial to the nation in the future. The Ministry of Labour by the Department of Skill Development will give full support,” the Deputy Labour Minister concluded.
Source: Ministry of Labour