[Press and Public Relations] Training And Development In Thailand

December 2001

No 198

A new report outlines Thai training policies and practices

New research indicates that there may be a distinctive style of Thai people development, which involves highly centralised decisions about training, with relatively little input from employees.

The University of Leicester Centre for Labour Market Studies and the Business Law Centre International Company Ltd in Thailand have produced a report following a research project on training and development practices in Thailand. The findings are based on responses from 74 Thai enterprise managers.

The survey is one of a series carried out by the Leicester Centre, supported by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the International Federation of Training and Development Organisations.

The research covers four related topics of training: budget and activities; strategic issues; methods and delivery; and specific issues concerning the trainer.

One of its most striking findings is the strategic approach to training adopted by Thai organisations, possibly linked to the number of companies with foreign investment.

Other key findings include:

Most Thai establishments expect good returns from investment they make in training

Very few training managers believe that training encourages an employee to leave

Traditional training methods such as on the job training and face-to-face learning are the most popular, though this may change with the increase of IT techniques

Internet-based training was rated the second most effective method by training managers

Thai organisations tend to have well-developed and proactive training systems, making extensive use of new technology, with plans to extend it.

Training and Development in Thailand 2000, price 10 plus postage and packing, is available from Sally Gatward, University of Leicester Centre for Labour Market Studies, telephone +44 (0)116 252 5950, email sally.gatward@le.ac.uk.

Note to editors: Further information is available from Johnny Sung, Director, Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester, telephone +44 (0)116 252 5961, facsimile +44 (0)116 252 5953, email johnny.sung@le.ac.uk

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