Chevron Enjoy Science joins forces with OVEC and FTI to present research on causes limiting industrial competitiveness and recommendations on developing a skilled workforce
Thailand 4.0, a national policy to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness in the global market, is currently one of the most widely discussed topics in the country. Research conducted by the Federation of Thai Industry (FTI) and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR) indicates that many Thai manufacturers are unlikely to achieve the level of industrial automation and connected systems envisioned in Thailand 4.0 in the immediate future. As a result of their limited capacity, the focus of Thailand 4.0 in the next five years should be on assisting companies to move from Industry 2.0 to Industry 3.0. It is, therefore, essential for educational institutions and industry to work together to review policies and develop integrated training programs that focus on producing a highly skilled workforce and developing technology to meet market demands.
The Chevron Enjoy Science Project in partnership with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI), and Kenan Institute Asia commissioned research to provide insights into Thai industries’ challenges with a focus on factors hindering the achievement of Industry 4.0. Recently, the partners presented this research in a policy paper entitled “New Manufacturing Technicians Responding to Industry 4.0,” which the Chisholm Institute in collaboration with OVEC, FTI and the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI) conducted. Based on the findings, the research team formulated policy recommendations to improve specialized skills training to meet industrial requirements and help put the country on the pathway to Thailand 4.0.