Workforce shows interest in online training with over 2,000 applicants already. Digital courses have shown the most popularity.
On January 13, 2021, Deputy Labour Minister Prof. Narumon Pinyosinwat reported that online training provides workers with many training opportunities, allowing up to 100 people to attend training simultaneously per class. The training aims to support workers affected by the new wave of Covid-19 outbreaks. The Ministry of Labour’s Department of Skill Development (DSD) therefore organized a special online course through the Zoom Meeting application, prepared by the DSD offices in 50 provinces. The courses have received over 2,000 applications (data as of January 13, 2021). There are only 30 provinces left where applicants have not reached the full 100 people capacity. Popular courses include training in techniques for building a shop and selling products online, producing advertising media and short films with smartphones, creating infographics for travel and hospitality businesses, photoshop and Illustrator design and retouching, using Microsoft Excel Advance program and basic Burmese communications for work. It is evident that the workforce is increasingly interested in digital learning.
Prof. Narumon said that Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha and Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan expressed concern for workers across the country affected by the Covid-19. The Ministry of Labour was instructed to accelerate aid and remedies for all workers, including those with state welfare cards, providing recruitment and skill development support to promote workers’ occupation to meet the needs of the labor market. It aims to actively work with relevant agencies to drive the Thai economy and society under the new normal. The Civil Service Commission has adjusted the training model to an online training program through the Zoom Meeting application, under regular training and special projects.
For skill development under normal projects, the Civil Service Commission has adjusted the training plan following the situation and adheres to the anti-pandemic measures. For example, careers that require practical training must practice social distancing and limit the number of people in training. The theoretical section organizes online training through the Zoom Meeting application. Other measures include temperature screening, alcohol gel fixed at training points/skill standard assessments, and participants must wear a mask all the time, adhering to intensive preventive measures. Unemployed people interested in the training can apply at www.dsd.go.th and choose to apply for training by searching the “New Year Gifts” (this project accepts 100 people/class). Meanwhile, regular training allows 20 people/class. Most of the courses that require practical training can be applied through at www.dsd.go.th.
“The missions of the DSD must be rolled out continuously. Everyone must work together to take care of themselves and those around them. People must avoid and reduce risks, not go into crowded places, adapting to a new way of life to lead a normal life. However, I repeat that measures must be followed strictly, and we will get through this crisis,” concluded the Deputy Labour Minister.
Source: Ministry of Labour