The Department of Skill Development (DSD) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with 5 other organizations in order to offer vocational students on-site training opportunities to enhance their skills.
DSD Director General Nakorn Silpa-Archa stated that the MOU on the development of vocational students had been signed between the department and five other related agencies, including the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Office of Vocation Education Commission. The main objective is to foster students into capable workers with skills that match the market’s needs.
Under the program, students will be given a chance to work as interns at companies related to their fields during their studies while the training hours can also be transferred into credits. Internship positions will also be available at the DSD as part of the effort to expose students to real-life working experience.
However, the detail of the MOU is still pending further discussion among the six organizations, which will work in an integrated manner with the FTI acting as the coordinator. The internship program will initially be piloted within a 5-year timeframe in 7 provinces, namely, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi, which are facing labor shortage and lacking skilled workers.