The cabinet has approved a cooperation treaty on vocational education development between Thailand and Germany aimed at bringing excellence to the Thai education. Vocational education and training is deeply embedded and widely respected in German society. The system offers qualifications in a broad spectrum of professions and flexibly adapts to the changing needs of the labour market. The dual system is especially well-developed in Germany, integrating work-based and school-based learning to prepare apprentices for a successful transition to full-time employment. Mr. Tosaporn Sererak, spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office announced the outcomes of the cabinet meeting, saying the ministerial council has approved a treaty in which the Ministry of Education of Thailand and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs will cooperate to further develop a stronger educational system for Thailand. The reputable German vocational education system will be used as a model to build inspiration for the Thai vocational education system. Private companies, mainly German, will work with the Office of Vocational Education Commission to review and design courses for selected vocational schools in Thailand. Vocational students will have a balanced opportunity to study while gaining work experience from participating companies under contracts covering remuneration and scholarships during the internship program. The dual system is especially well-developed in Germany, integrating work-based and school-based learning to prepare apprentices for a successful transition to full-time employment. A major strength of the dual system is the high degree of engagement and ownership on the part of employers and other social partners. But the system is also characterised by an intricate web of checks and balances at the national, state, municipal, and company levels that ensures that the short-term needs of employers do not distort broader educational and economic goals (Source).
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