On January 21, 2021, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat met with a member of Nan’s House of Representatives (Mrs. Sirinthorn Ramsut) and Mrs. Pornpimol Thammasarn, members of the Pathum Thani House of Representatives, to find ways to develop skills for people in the area.
Prof. Narumon said that Nan is a province that has been assigned by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to be responsible for and supervise as an advisor to move Thailand together. She had the opportunity to visit the area twice and assigned the advisory team to work on skill development in collaboration with relevant agencies, including working with the private sector in central and regional areas. At the end of November 2021, representatives of the Electronic Transactions Development Agency or ETDA, Huawei Technology (Thailand) Co., Ltd., and Cat Buzz TV Co., Ltd. were also in the area. There are plans to conduct several training courses for workers in the area. Some courses have already been conducted, for example, in conjunction with Wat Pong Kham, providing training courses for agricultural workers to shift to digital agriculture. It has also been reported that after the Covid-19 situation eases, the Nan Skill Development Office will work with the above private companies to conduct training according to the enterprise development to the professional project. The training will provide knowledge in e-commerce and building online market networks using LINE Official Accounts, catering to the Nan agro-industry, agriculturalists, and community enterprises in Santisuk district. The training aims to develop and upgrade farmers and community enterprises to boost creativity in doing business and apply technology benefits.
Mrs. Sirinthorn from Nan’s House of Representatives added that meeting the local people, whereby most of the workers were agricultural workers, they had free time during the season. They also lacked knowledge of modern technology, providing a market for selling agricultural products, agricultural processing, and packaging design to increase product value. For this, there will be support for target groups and coordination so that the people in the area have access to opportunities. Likewise, Pathum Thani’s MP gave information that there were workers in Pathum Thani who needed skill development. Therefore she would like to share the issues discussed today to coordinate with the Department of Skill Development’s agencies to organize a training program.
“Skill development is essential, as the workforce must continue to learn and develop themselves to keep up with the situation and technology. Especially amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, workers have to adapt and develop themselves. Some have to switch from full-time work to independent workers. Some have to look for a second or third job to increase their income. The formal workforce is gradually declining, and new occupations are born. Therefore, workers must always be ready. The DSD currently offers online training in many subjects, allowing people to get training from anywhere. For more information, those interested can contact the Ministry of Labour’s 1506 hotline, press 4, or see the details at www.dsd.go.th,” concluded the Deputy Labour Minister.
Source: Ministry of Labour