The newly established TVET Hub in Songkhla will work with 10 technical colleges in the south to build vocational teachers’ STEM capacity.
Chevron Enjoy Science Launches Third TVET Hub in Songkhla
Improving the country’s Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is an important means of upgrading Thailand’s workforce, and, in turn, enhancing the economic competitiveness of the country. Recognizing the importance of TVET, the Chevron Enjoy Science Project is working with government, academic, and private sector partners to establish TVET hubs that connect vocational education directly to industry-specific jobs.
In January 2017, the Chevron Enjoy Science Project launched its third TVET Hub in Songkhla in collaboration with Rajamangala University of Technology Srivijaya (RMUTSV), following the opening of TVET hubs in Chiang Mai and Chonburi). The TVET Hub at RMUTSV will work with 10 vocational schools in the southern region, including Hatyai Technical College, Krabi Technical College, Trang Technical College, Surat Technical College, and Nakorn Sri Thammaraj Technical College, to embed a research-based, internationally-proven STEM for TVET curriculum into the schools and provide professional development training to vocational teachers and administrators. In addition, the hub will establish a private sector engagement platform to link vocational institutions and students directly with employers. This helps to streamline vocational training to occupations, by connecting skilled students with well-paying jobs in partner companies. Through its ongoing mentoring and professional development, the hub ensures that vocational teachers are using interactive, relevant training to prepare their students for the workforce.
Within five years, the project will establish six TVET hubs in key industrial areas of Thailand, supporting more than 60 vocational schools, 30,000 workers, and 138,000 students across the country.