The Thai Education Ministry plans to raise vocational education standard to international ones to enable local students’ easier access to job placements after graduation.

The ministry will cooperate with the private sector to employ more fresh graduates from vocational schools, helping raise the quality of Thai workforce and making the country a center of regional vocational education.

Earlier, Thailand and two negibouring countries - Lao and Vietnam - agreed on a plan to develop a vocational education programme that will allow graduates to land jobs in any of their territories.

The three countries have shared similar problems when it comes to vocational education, like vocational training being unpopular among youths.

The countries also shared the need to prepare themselves - including their vocational education programmes - for an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which will create a single market for all 10 ASEAN nations with a free flow of labour in 2015.-VNA