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Labour Ministry, Huawei launch academy to enhance Thailand’s digital workforce

Feb 22. 2021
Gracing the occasion were Prof Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat (center), Deputy Labour Minister, ML Puntarik Smiti (5th right), Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Mr. Pairoj Chotikasatien (4th left), Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr Thawat Benchatikul (5th left), Director-General of Department of Skill Development, Mr. Chakrit Decha (3rd left), Ms. Jiraporn Punyarit (2nd left), Ms. Darunee Nithitaweekul (left), Deputy Director-General of the Department of Skill Development, Mr. Prateep Songlumyong (right), Inspector-General of Ministry of Labour, Mr. Thavorn Chalassathien (3rd right), Vice Chairman of The Federation of Thai Industries and Mr. Edison Cheng (4th right), Director of Public Affair and Communication - Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., who came to the Ministry of Labor to show their solid support for the projects.
Gracing the occasion were Prof Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat (center), Deputy Labour Minister, ML Puntarik Smiti (5th right), Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Mr. Pairoj Chotikasatien (4th left), Deputy Permanent Secretary of Labour, Mr Thawat Benchatikul (5th left), Director-General of Department of Skill Development, Mr. Chakrit Decha (3rd left), Ms. Jiraporn Punyarit (2nd left), Ms. Darunee Nithitaweekul (left), Deputy Director-General of the Department of Skill Development, Mr. Prateep Songlumyong (right), Inspector-General of Ministry of Labour, Mr. Thavorn Chalassathien (3rd right), Vice Chairman of The Federation of Thai Industries and Mr. Edison Cheng (4th right), Director of Public Affair and Communication - Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Co., Ltd., who came to the Ministry of Labor to show their solid support for the projects.
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By The Nation

The Labour Ministry held the “Building Thailand Digital Workforce” event to launch Digital Skill Development Academy (DISDA), which will oversee the development of digital skills among the country’s workforce.

As part of its launch, DISDA also held its first seminar, “Enhance Business and Industry with Digital Technology Skill Development”, in collaboration with Huawei Technologies (Thailand). The aim of this seminar was to share knowledge with more than 100 business operators on the latest in IT technology as well as exchange views on the demand for digital workforce development.

The event was held in response to Thailand’s serious need to build a skilled workforce as S-curve industries are being developed in line with the government’s Industry 4.0 policy.

The Labour Ministry is also introducing a series of initiatives to ensure the country can meet the needs of the labour market in the near future, which will bring down the unemployment rate and boost the standard of living.

Deputy Labour Minister Prof Dr Narumon Pinyosinwat said the academy will provide digital skills training programmes and courses to young Thais who want to enter the digital workplace.

“The ministry is joining hands with the private sector to help build a healthy digital labour ecosystem through on-the-job training to drive the country’s Digital Thailand policy. With rising demand from S-curve industries, the ministry is ready to support the national strategy by prioritising digital labour development to make Thailand a fully digital society.”

Courses will be provided by top industry experts who will share their expertise to prepare young professionals to become part of the digital economy. Workshops, specialised training courses and leadership seminars will be added to the curriculum to encourage young minds to generate new ideas and launch digital projects.

Also launched at the event was the Department of Skill Development’s new app, which makes the department’s services easily accessible. The app’s key features include training courses, labour-skill standards, e-certificate or diploma, information on the Skill Development Promotion Act, newsroom, contacts, FAQs etc. The app can be downloaded and will soon be available on Huawei Mobile Service’s App Gallery.

Narumon said that now Thailand is undergoing digital transformation, it needs a workforce that is prepared to serve a digital ecosystem.

“We want to fuel the tech world with a workforce that is creative, innovative and inspired. Partnering with industry movers such as Huawei will ensure that we are producing industry-ready talent through programs aligned with the needs of the industry,” she explained. “Our strategy is to support digital workforce development, whether it is through centres of learning such as DISDA, or seminars for targeted audience groups. Developing skills will also improve the employability of young people and ensure Thailand’s readiness for a digital economy.”

DISDA’s first seminar on skill development was organised exclusively for technical professionals from the Federation of Thai Industries and the Thai Chamber of Commerce. Experts from Huawei Thailand were at hand to present the latest technology, trends and products in the ICT world.

At the seminar Varaporn Pangboonyanon, deputy director of the AP Learning Service Department, explained how 5G will have an impact on the government’s Industry 4.0 and play a role in the country’s development.

Prayuth Tungsangob, Huawei’s chief technology officer, discussed the topic of providing enterprise solutions for industrial transformation, and explained how advanced connectivity can change the digital landscape.

Chawansit Rongthong, senior solution architect from Huawei Cloud, shared thoughts on how Huawei’s Cloud solutions can help businesses and industries accelerate modernisation.

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