Vocational Training Course for Young Migrant Workers launched in Samut Sakhon

With technical and financial support from the ILO/IPEC the Labour Rights Promotion Network (LPN) has begun collaborating with the Provincial Non-Formal Education Office and the Mahachai Automotive Institute of Technology (MIAT) to provide vocational training and job alternatives for young migrant workers in the Maung District of Samut Sakhon.

News | 27 August 2013
A vocational training in automotive and motorcycle mechanics targeting young migrant workers in Samut Sakhon started on 18 August 2013 in three locations, the training centre of the Provincial Office of the Non-Formal and Flexible Education (ONFE) in Muang District, LPN Learning Centre, and Migrant Workers’ Learning Centre in the Mahachai Niwate community. Prior to the start of the training an orientation for female and male migrant workers who are interested in the training was organised on 4 August 2013 by the LPN jointly with the Mahachai Institute of Automotive Technology (MIAT) and the ONFE.

This tripartite collaboration between the public, private and civil society sectors is the first of its kind in establishing common ground and mutual collaboration for providing skill training for young migrant workers in Samut Sakhon. The three agencies have worked together in scoping the training curriculums, which are formulated to suit the needs and aspirations of the trainees and are flexible for further adjustment.
The vocational training course is open to those who have no command of Thai language as well by offering a basic Thai language course for them. The language training is a 4-month course conducted on Sundays. After completion of the course, graduates will receive certificates issued by the Provincial ONFE both for vocational and Thai language skills. In addition, the MIAT has been discussing with Nissan Motors Company as well as Yamaha Motors Company to explore the possibility of hiring the graduates after the completion of the training.

At this moment, 300 young migrant workers aged above 15 years have been registered to participate in the training. The LPN’s work in disseminating information among migrant workers has been crucial in generating interest for the training among migrants. It is expected that additional 500-600 migrant workers will receive the vocational training this year. It is also envisioned that another 600 young workers will join the training next year, for which the Provincial Non-Formal Education Office will request budget allocation.

The LPN plans to seek further collaboration and engagement from the business sector in Samut Sakhon to establish more vocational courses for the young people so that they would be able to learn other skills and have alternatives to better jobs.