Industrial Skills Development in Thailand


  • Phetcharee Rupavijetra Chiang Mai University, Thailand
  • Jira Jitsupa Suan Dusit University, Thailand
  • Sakchai Chaiyarak Suan Dusit University, Thailand


Industrial Skills, Skills Development, Thailand


Research on titled ‘Industrial Skills Development in Thailand’ aimed to examine historic background of Thai labor situation; skills formation and development in selected industries; relationship between differences of cultural management styles and skills development in workplace; the potential of skills development in Thailand. The tools used in this research were interview with employers, managers, employees in selected workplaces, and trainers and staff in the Chiang Mai and Lamphun Skills Development Centers and observation work process in 7 kinds selected factories which consisted of 10 factories – 2 car industries, 2 electronics, 1 engine part, 1 pottery, 1 textile, 1 jewelry and 2 food processing. The results of research indicated historic background of Thai labor situation that for primarily Thai labor had low education because of poverty and negative attitude toward education and training. Employment as wage labor of Thais was the consequent of economical changes and expanding of industrialization from both Thai and foreigner investment. 2. Thai labor form skills in workplace more than in educational institutions. For factories involved with technology, Thai labor had technical skills to work by operating task under supervision. Skills of labor depended on year or working and self-development. For jewelry and pottery, Thai labor indicated high skills on producing these crafts. The products could lead to added-up value and high price. 3. Cultural management styles affect how labor work and support to form and develop skills in workplace if employers paid much attention on employees. With teamwork like in Japanese styles, conducting training often like OJT and training often, good relation in firm, these practices support skills development. Finally, the potential of skills development in workplace in Thailand tended be more positive because mostly Thais in workplace contemporary had positive attitude to training, influence of educational reform and the Skill Development Act.


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How to Cite

P. Rupavijetra, J. Jitsupa, and S. Chaiyarak, “Industrial Skills Development in Thailand”, Int J Edu Comm Tech, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 52–61, Dec. 2021.



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