This is the ministry’s initiative planned since five years back. Initially, around 172 graduates competed for 19 slots but 15 students were selected and 4 as standby after all the written exam and viva-voce.
The selected candidates will leave for Thailand by the first week of October.
With the help from Paro College of Education under Royal University of Bhutan, they were provided with crash courses to teach English in Thailand VTIs.
According to the labor minister Lyonpo Dorji Wangdi it was a win-win initiation which was planned from 2008. But it could not take off due to the clashes between Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), Labor ministry and Education ministry.
He said it would be a good initiative to pave way for human resources from the Thai government to Technical Training Institutes and hospitality industry in Bhutan, which is in dire need of competent instructors.
“We have plan to restructure all Technical Training Institutes (TTIs) as centre for excellence and introduce research and innovation in it in the next five year plan,” said Labour Minister.
Therefore through this initiative the ministry expects to get some technical professions which can help in coming up with training courses efficiently.
Also this would help to introduce new courses and arrange particular institutes for one training course and gather all the financial and human resources in place and train efficiently.
Thai economy is fueled by tourism and it is backed by technical professionals graduating from Thai VTIs.
Thailand has around 430 VTIs under the Office of Vocational Commission (OVC) and it is the main man power supply to the tourism industry.
“They were in need of competent English teachers, while we were in need of human resources,” Lyonpo said.
Initially, the ministry assigned the education ministry to select the experienced English teacher to teach Thai VTI trainees for one year. But Bhutan Civil Service Rules (BCSR) doesn’t have provisions to send teachers on deputation board.
Therefore the education ministry gave up the idea (to send teachers to Thailand) though it would be an incentive for Teachers who performed well.
Similarly “In Thai civil service rules, Instructors were not able to come for a long term and could hinder in their promotion for violating rules and regulations,” said Lyonpo Dorji wangdi.
Meanwhile the selected candidates are excited with the prospect to go and work in a new place. They said it would be a good experience and exposure for them.
According to labor officials the selected candidates will teach for a year on contract, with an initial salary of Thai Baht 18,000 or about Nu 27,000 in a month.
They will also be provided with free accommodation, in-country transportation and health insurance.