Monday, 12 February 2018 00:00

In-Country Program in Thailand Aims to Develop Generic Skills to Facilitate Employment Mobility

The participants and officials of the Nongbualamphu Technical College, the host of this year’s in-country program in Thailand with the CPSC Program Coordinator, Dr. Romulita Alto (fifth from the right)

The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), continuing its regular implementation of training activities in the member countries, went to Nongbualamphu Technical College in Udon Thani, Thailand for the in-country program on Developing Generic Skills for Employment Mobility. This was held from January 29 until February 2, 2018 and was participated by 48 participants from TVET institutions coming from all over the kingdom.

The program participants focusing on the tasks The program was held at a time when generic skills have emerged as an important component of employability skills. The program organizers kept into mind that generic and soft skills are being required to be developed in TVET in many countries for enhancing employability as well as employment mobility and self-confidence of human resources. It is believed that TVET policy in Thailand implies this move as well, and the program capitalizes on this opportunity to further introduce the importance of generic skills in further enhancing the capability of the Thai workforce.

The program was designed for the participants to be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding, awareness and explain the need for teaching and learning the generic skills (soft skills) in TVET. It was also designed to be able to complement hard skills with non-technical skills and explain the purpose of generic skills for employment mobility. It is aimed as well that they will enable their TVET students to be employment-oriented, equipped with enhanced competencies and transferable skills. They are also expected to enhance basic knowledge on various generic competencies needed in the employment landscape mobility and design a suitable generic competency program for TVET teachers and students.

The program was supervised by Dr. Ramhari Lamichhane, CPSC Director General and Dr. Suthep Chittayawong, Secretary General of the Office of Vocational Education (OVEC) in Thailand. Program coordination and academic preparation was made possible by Dr. Romulita C. Alto, CPSC Faculty Consultant. Local coordination and logistics was facilitated by Mr. Laksasak Yangsaman, Policy and Planning Analyst of OVEC. In addition, CPSC’s former seconded faculty consultant from Thailand, Dr. Jariya Tappakul Na Ayuthaya, was also in the venue to provide her support to the program.

Dr. Romulita Alto (2nd from the left) presenting a certificate to one of the participants during the half-day seminar entitled “Why Life and Generic Skills Matter: Perspectives of the Industry” Mr. Phukdee Thrajane, Director of the Institute of Vocational Education- Region 1 and Mr. Chartchai Taloonchan, Director of the Pattaya Technical College discussed the local scenario of TVET and generic skills development in Thailand as local resource persons.

Additional resource materials were delivered in a special half-day forum held on January 31, 2018 tackling the perspectives of the industry on the importance of generic skills.

Three representatives from the different industries in Northeastern Thailand namely: Dr. Manas Choopakar (Senior Manager, Department of Human and Organization Development, Bangsue Chia Meng Rice Mill); Dr. Phakphum Phiraworasakun (Managing Director of NP Farms) and Mr. Natpimol Pengpao (Vice President of the Human Resources Division, Erawan Sugar Group), were in attendance to present their insights to the participants of the seminar.

Visit of the participants to the Erawan Sugar Factory in Udon Thani, Thailand In addition to the classroom lectures, an industry visit to the Erawan Sugar Factory in Udon Thani was also organized to enable the participants to closely understand the generic skills required in the workplace. They were able to also implement an action plan for the design of a suitable generic skills development program.