Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Thailand

About Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Thailand

Most countries around the world run well-structured vocational and professional courses for students who are not willing to pursue higher studies. These professional courses train the students and help them get into the professional world soon after completing these courses. Thailand is no exception. At present, there are 412 career colleges in Thailand, which are governed by the Vocational Education Commission (VEC), under the Ministry of Education. The program, known as Dual Vocational Training (DVT) started in the year 1995 follows the German model.

Technical and vocational education Thailand (TVE) commences at the senior high school level. The students are categorized under two separate groups – one group comprises of students pursuing the general education and the other vocational training in Thailand. As per the present statistics, around 60 percent students follow the program of general education all over the country. However, the government of Thailand is trying to maintain equilibrium between the two modes of education – general and vocational.

Vocational Courses in Thailand

Three levels of TVE can be obtained in vocation schools in Thailand - Certificate in Vocational Education (Bor Wor Saw), which can be pursued while the students are in the upper secondary level; the Technical Diploma (Bor Wor Chor), that can be pursued after leaving the school, and the Higher Diploma course that will enable students to get admission to a university for a Bachelor degree. However, Vocational education in Thailand can also be obtained in certain institutions run by private bodies.

Dual Vocational Training (DVT) in Thailand

In the year 1995, the Department of Vocational Education (DVE) initiated the dual vocational training curriculums that provide students a hands-on training in various organizations of private sector.

DVT is a part of the DoVE "Certificate" as well as "Diploma" program. It is a 3-year training curriculum, a major part of which is on-the-job training for two days a week or more.

The DVT is offered in two levels - the three-year course certificate for the skilled workers, which allows admission at 15 years of age after the students complete the Matthayom 3 or the Grade 9 standard; and the two-year diploma technician course for graduates with a Vocational Education Certificate can be awarded after going through 12 years of formal studies.

Vocational education in Thailand is particularly important for the high percentage of contribution from the private sectors which accounts for almost 37 percent of the total educational system.

Due to a dearth in effective information earlier, about the employment scopes and offers of training, graduates who used to roll out from vocational schools in Thailand as well as the employed youths often hastily planned their vocational futures. In order to counter this, the present vocational guidance system of Thailand has structured itself to meet to the increasing needs. The project involves counselors, who provide vocational guidance and compile all the information on vocations, training scopes and possibilities and the potential job market. Various working materials like brochures, various types of informational leaflets as well as videos are being developed for the vocational training centers in Thailand. The project emphasizes on a coordinated and a customized option of information for all vocational education Thailand and career colleges Thailand.

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