On the 14th October Pearson, the world’s digital education company, hosted the UK-Thai Business Leadership Forum to discuss and review skills of the future workforce. It was a platform for key industry leads from the UK and Thailand and senior UK and Thai government officials to look at challenges and opportunities of doing business in Thailand through the prism of education and talent development to support Thailand 4.0.
In 2018 Pearson received official recognition from the Thai Government to allow BTEC qualifications to be delivered in public and private vocational and higher institutions in Thailand. The relationship between Pearson and Thailand has grown in strength and this event was a great opportunity to reflect on solidifying the partnership and business links between the UK and Thailand.
Cindy Rampersaud, SVP for BTECs and Apprenticeships and His Excellency Pisanu Suvanajata, Ambassador of Thailand to the UK
Chaired by Cindy Rampersaud, Pearson’s Senior Vice-President for BTECs and Apprenticeships, the forum started with opening remarks from His Excellency Pisanu Suvanajata, Thai Ambassador to the UK, on “Why Thailand shouldn’t be ignored” and embarking on 156 years of UK-Thai official diplomatic relations in 2020.
The forum continued with a focused discussion around life-long learning and future skills. Forum attendees shared their reflections regarding ownership and responsibility of developing and enhancing workforce skills to support life-long learning and diversification of career pathways. Industry leads highlighted the role of employers and governments to support individuals in developing talents as well as building life-long and diverse careers.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Chair of the UK-ASEAN Business Council stressed the unique opportunity for UK and Thai businesses to exchange experiences in the culture of learning and the preparation of the new generation of the teacher workforce.
Closing remarks were given by Paul Scully MP, Trade Envoy for Thailand, Burma and Brunei, emphasised on the importance of transferring and sharing the experience and knowledge between the UK and Thailand, in particular around acquiring transferable skills to support social mobility and foster economic development.
Paul Scully MP giving his remarks
This event builds on the extensive employer engagement already being conducted locally by the Pearson team in Thailand through a series of events and employer interviews focusing on the priority S-Curve industries.
Next steps will include creating focused partnerships between Pearson and British and Thai Industry whilst continuing to support Thailand 4.0 economic objectives through close collaboration with the Thai Government.
The UK-Thai Business Forum was partnered by the UK-ASEAN Business Council and the Anglo-Thai Society.