MOL signs MOU with the Institution networks of Ministry of Industry on improving skills and enhancing employee’s capability for workplaces after the flood crisis.




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               Miss Songsri Boonba, Deputy Permanent Secretary of MOL, together with Mr. Praphan Montakarntiwong, Director-General of Department of Skill Development and the Institution Networks of Ministry of Industry have mutually signed the MOU on the rehabilitation for flood-affected industries by introducing human resource development to ensure sustainable strength. In this regard, it aims to enable those workers who work for the workplaces that have to shut down due to the flood crisis to improve their skill levels during the break, and be ready to return the production process and to support ASEAN free movement of labour. 

            This project is one of post-flood rehabilitation measures resulting from the flood crisis at the end of 2011. It will provide training and improve skills as well as supporting temporary jobs for the workers of flood-affected workplaces. In this regard, Department of Skill Development and 7 institution networks of Ministry of Industry have supported the project by seeking targeted lecturers, taking responsible for training courses and places, following the outcome, and exchanging lecturers ‘knowledge and technology. The training courses emphasize on giving basic knowledge and skills relating to productive improvement and include basic courses for plate industry and intensive courses for textile industry, food, automotive industry, electricity, and plastic. Also, the courses will last 10 days and each attendant will be given daily allowance of 120 Baht and the courses will begin between February-July, 2012. The project aims to accept 15,000 attendants and expands to regional areas for 750 batches and 690 batches had already been trained. Regarding the training places, the attendants could attend the courses at the Regional Institute for Skill Development and Provincial Center for Skill Development of Department of Skill Development. However, If there is not conveniently, they could simultaneously work and take the courses at the workplaces as well.
            Miss Songsri further said that this project was giving the opportunity for workers during the rehabilitation period of flood-affected workplaces to spend the break with the training courses which improved their skills, knowledge, and capability and to ensure them to be ready for the workplaces after officially opening the businesses according to the government policy of 9 rehabilitation and 9 economic concerns. According to the information gained by MOL after monitoring, it found that there were 28,000 flood-affected workplaces with approximately 900,000 workers and currently most of them had already returned to the workplaces. However, there were approximately 150,000 workers remained because some workplaces did not enter into rehabilitation process or some workplaces had to permanently shut down. Moreover, although some workplaces did not shut down their businesses there were approximately 30,000 workers getting laid off by 104 workplaces. Therefore, the rehabilitation project will assist flood-affected business operators by introducing human resource development to ensure sustainable strength which will enable workers to improve their skills and efficiency.


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Wednesday, 01 February 2012