OVEC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Work-integrated Learning (WiL) with the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (NSTIPO), Lanna Rajamangala University of Technology and Siam Michelin Co. Ltd. The MoU will focus on creating and developing human resources for the technical industry at the lower vocational level to respond to the needs of the present industrial sectors of Thailand.
According to the Deputy Secretary General of OVEC, Dr. Akanit Khlanhsaeng, the WiLprogram will take a total of five years. The NSTIPO will be responsible for creating human resources with OVEC while Siam Michelin will work on curriculum development and financial support. In so doing, relations between the business and academic sectors will be strengthened and industrial sectors will have an appropriate and effective labor force. Moreover, the MoU will upgrade the quality of vocational education in a wider area. Initially, Sattaheep and Tha Luang Cement Thai Nusorn Technical Colleges will start working on this program together.
The Director of NSTIPO, Prof. Dr. Wanlop Surakamponthon said that, under the current teaching and learning program, academic skills and the quality of graduates at all levels do not help them to work well, even those with Ph. D. degrees. Therefore, the NSTIPO is responsible for mobilizing a policy on the development of personnel for the sciences, technology and innovation. This policy will begin with staff and technicians with skills on tire manufacturing to bridge the gap between demand and supply. It is expected that the human resources developed in the program will be of a quality suitable for the future needs of the industrial sectors in Thailand.