Mr. Chaiyapruk Serirak, Secretary-general of the Vocational Education Commission (VEC) said that Ms. Yingluck Shinawatra, the Prime Minister, called representatives from the relevant offices to a meeting and insisted that women, disadvantaged people, and senior citizen must receive good care. VEC was assigned a policy on the care of disadvantaged people and senior citizens. The meeting discussed the issue of disadvantaged people by focusing on the problem of youths who have to work after completing Mathayom 3 education level but are unable to do so because of the Labor Law. VEC is planning to encourage this group of young people to work and study vocational education at the same time. As for senior citizens, VEC is going to create vocational training projects in 121 vocational training centers all over the country. These centers are also part of the government policy to enhance the potential of colleges to provide vocational training to people in general. For example, Chiang Mai Vocational College is outstanding in the knowledge of international food so it offers a 75-hour training course for senior citizens so they can use their newly learned skills to earn some income.
The Secretary-General also said that, besides training courses, VEC also offers a child and elderly care curriculum which awards a high vocational diploma in Home Economics Management. This does not gain much interest from the public because many people believe that they will not have steady careers after graduating in this field. However, career professionals in the elderly care business today are in high demand in the job market. In the year 2012, four more institutes offered this kind of curriculum. The course in Chiang Rai Vocational College had 17 students, Phon Vocational College had eight students, in Det Udom Technical College there were three students, and, at Suvannabhumi College, there was one student. VEC is planning to cooperate with the people working in this area, for the course can upgrade student skills and increase the competence of business owners.