Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), a state agency under the supervision of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, has announced its plan to work with leading tech companies to train Thai workers in skills relevant to the digital and tech industry.
DEPA has released its strategic roadmap detailing a ‘technology focus’ on training workers and university students. The digital and tech courses were chosen with input from leaders in the tech industry, including Cisco, Huawei, Microsoft, and Alphabet’s Google.
Areas of training range from blockchain, data analytics, and the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
Moreover, the courses will be categorized into three types: reskilling, upskilling, and new skills. Reskilling courses are targeted at university students looking to learn more technical skills. Upskilling courses are for workers already in the digital industry, while new skills courses are for employees with no previous experience in the tech industry.
DEPA Chief Executive Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin revealed that although universities and other educational institutions produce around 20,000 graduates per year for the country’s digital industry, only 13,000 people enter this field.
He said DEPA expects the initiative to produce 40,000 workers per year in the digital and tech industry by 2022.
Nuttapon added that DEPA had earlier initiated a smart visa project in 2018 for foreign workers who can enhance the tech industry in the country. At least 140 smart visas have been issued for foreign professionals to work in the kingdom.
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