Chevron Thailand Exploration and Production (Chevron Thailand), has announced a $30 million commitment to create the Thailand Partnership Initiative (TPI), a five-year program to strengthen Thailand's competiveness and innovation by improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and vocational education across the country.
Over the next five years, the TPI will work in partnership with leading non-government organizations, academia, key government organizations in science and education, and the private sector, to increase the quality of science and mathematics teaching in Thailand, establish 18 training hubs nationwide and promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"Chevron is committed to increasing access to and the quality of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in Thailand" said Brad Middleton, Chevron Asia South managing director, "A skilled workforce is critical to the success of our business and Thailand's economic growth."
"Chevron strives to build lasting partnerships that contribute to local economies. Education has been a focus for Chevron over our 50 year history in Thailand" added Pairoj Kaweeyanun, Chevron Thailand president, "Over the next five years we will work together with local partners to develop the Thai workforce to meet industry's needs."
The initiative focuses on mathematics and science education at the seventh–ninth grade levels and technical and vocational education at the 10th–14th grade and community college levels. It will be implemented across every region of Thailand: central Thailand, the South, the North and the Northeast. The initiative will establish a network of 12 STEM training hubs and 6 vocational and technical training hubs, which will cover over 600 schools. The project will directly benefit over 500,000 students, teachers, principals, government officials, and workers, providing increased career opportunities.