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          EGAT signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC) to develop a certificate program. It aims to provide the vocational education opportunities for those who want to become technicians and technologists with the skills required by the market.

          On November 26, 2015 Mr. Soonchai Kumnoonsathe, EGAT Governor and Mr. Wanich Uamsri, Deputy Director-General of OVEC, signed the MOU on technician and technologist development project to develop a certificate program that could meet the demand of current and future labor market. Dr. Anusorn Sangnimnuan, Chairman of OVEC, Mr. Seubphong Buranasirin, Deputy Governor – Administration, Mr. Ataporn Vathanavisuth, Deputy Governor – Business Development, Mr. Tatree Riewcharoen, Assistant Governor – Corporate Social Affairs, Mrs. Bhawana Aungkananuwat, Assistant Governor – Human Resource, other executives, and officers from the two organizations joined the event at EGAT head office, Nonthaburi.

          The EGAT governor revealed that EGAT had the policy to develop the quality of life of people in the vicinity of EGAT sites. The national human resources development was very necessary. The MOU signing would lead to the development of vocational education required by the local communities around EGAT sites. The skills of technicians and technologists would be developed in compliance with the need of the labor market. Moreover, they could use their skills for their freelance jobs.

          “Though human resources development is difficult and takes time, the results will be worthwhile. It will sustainably help develop the organization and the nation. Thailand is about to enter ASEAN Economic Community or AEC that will bring every member country together resulting to workforce movement among countries. The shortage of qualified laborers will be worse. As a result, the development of people potential and competence, especially for technicians and technologists, is urgently needed for the country to be able to compete in the international stage,” said EGAT Governor.

          Mr. Wanich Uamsri, Deputy Director-General of OVEC said that OVEC was the government’s educational organization with the main mission to provide vocational education. It supported students to practice what they had learned and earn income by working during their educational life. Collaboration with EGAT that was the organization with modern technology and expert staff would develop human resource to have the skills required by the labor market. The project offered the efficient education complying with the policy and supporting the national development to the international stage, especially AEC.

          Dr. Anusorn Sangnimnuan, Chairman of OVEC stated that EGAT was a leading organization as well as the learning center to develop vocational students especially in the field of electric power industry. There would be the program development on technician and technologist fields to enhance vocational education across the country. The market significantly required the skilled technicians and technologists. The Chairman of OVEC expressed his thanks to EGAT that recognized the importance of education and gave the chance to teachers and students of OVEC to be trained in the workplace equipped with complete knowledge, staff, and technology.

          Mr. Seubphong Buranasirin, Deputy Governor – Administration said that the MOU would cover five years. Ten institutes under OVEC would be the pilot centers of each region as follows:

Central Region: Saraburi Technical College, Kanchanaburi Industrial and Community Education College, Chulabhorn (Ladkwang) Technical College, and Nonthaburi Technical College

Northern Region: Mae Moh EGAT College of Technology and Management and Phitsanulok Technical College

Southern Region: Krabi Technical College, Nathawee Industrial and Community Education College, Hatyai Technical College

Northeastern Region: Namphong Technical College

          Each institute would coordinate with EGAT local sites that would provide the place and equipment for training under the bilateral program. The collaboration also dealt with program development as well as teacher and academic staff development. OVEC would provide the education and enhance the pilot institutes to reach the goal as the learning center of the region, contributing to the benefits for social and economic development of the country.

          Since 2003, EGAT and OVEC jointly founded Mae Moh EGAT College of Technology and Management in Lampang Province. There was an effort to conduct the bilateral program of education that was finally successful. Three fields of certificate programs were completed namely Industrial Technology, Mechanics, and Electrical Power. The programs were developed according to related work of power generation of EGAT power plants and dams. It was EGAT’s corporate social responsibility mission that yielded the tangible results.