|Case Studies on Technical and Vocational Education in Asia and the Pacific - Thailand (UNEVOC - ACEID, 1996, 30 p.)|
Cooperative Programme between Kanjanaburi Polytechnic College and Siew-National Company
Siew-National Company Limited is a big company responsible for distributing electronic appliances which are produced by Thai National Factory and other Japanese factories. There are a large number of sale representatives that shop throughout the country. However, all those electronic appliances shops are faced with the problem of a lack of skilled workers for electronic appliance services, and most of the existing workers are not qualified. If this problem is not solved, some representative shops can not exist because there are no skilled workers providing services for after-sale merchandise.
Siew-National Company Limited, therefore, contacted Kanjanaburi Polytechnic, which provides short courses for training of adults in many fields, including electronic appliance services. Moreover, Kanjanaburi has worked cooperatively with Siew-National Company Limited in training electronic instructors four times during the past few years. Therefore linkage has already been established. As a result, a cooperative project was carefully designed, revised, approval received, and signed by the General Manager of Seiw-National Company and Deputy-Minister of Education. Details of the project are as follows:
1. To produce skilled electronic service workers for electronic appliance shops and companies
2. To upgrade and update existing workers
1. Produce 80 new skilled workers in electronic service
2. Upgrade and update the existing 80 electronic service workers
1. Curriculum development
2. Instructors' training
3. Equipment procurement
4. On-the-job training of trainees
1. All trainees are recruited by the company and their tuition and fees, living expenses, textbooks, and other training expenses are paid for.
2. Trainees are trained in Kenjanburi Polytechnic College for 8 weeks or 240 hours, and on-the-job training in the company for eight weeks or 240 hours. The total training period is 10 weeks or 480 hours.
3. Training processes in both training institutions and companies not only concentrate on the skills required by the labour market, but also working habits are emphasised.
4. All trainees who complete the training program are employed in electronic appliance companies or shops throughout the country.
1. This program was developed by the past links which were approached through instructors' training programs.
2. It presumes that incentives for the company can work with Kanjanaburi Polytechnic College in the alleviation of shortages of skilled workers and by saving the company's resources by organising training activities for them.
3. Instructors in electronic areas have a chance to experience new technology in the field by working with company personnel.
4. The accomplishment of this project not only results in support from top administrators of both the company and the Ministry of Education, but the efforts and willingness of the training institution staff in working with industry.
5. Mutual benefit for both industries and training institutions is clearly identifies and all concerned personnel were informed.
Similar cooperative programs with industries are also being developed at central level and institutional level at DOVE. The following are instances of the projects:
· Development of Automechanic Technology Program
- Cooperation with Thai-Europe Corporation Auto Sale
· Development of Hotel Management Program
- Cooperation with Phuket Tourist Association
· Development of Retail Program
- Cooperation with Seven-Eleven Company Limited
· Development of Electronic Services Programs
- Cooperation with Siew-National Company
· Development of Jewellery and Ornament Program
- Cooperation with Jewellery and Ornament Trade Association