23 March 2009
Thousands of Thais who have lost their jobs are flocking to Impact Arena, where the government is holding a career workshop to help retrain workers with vocational skills. As many as one million people have lost their jobs so far, as the global economic recession forces businesses to close down. The career workshop provides free training for up to one month. Those who sign up will also receive a living and transport allowance for the duration of the course. Workers who choose to return to their hometowns after completing the course will also be entitled to receive up to 4,800 baht per month for three months to help them stand on their own two feet. The government’s multi-billion baht stimulus package includes cash handouts to low-income earners, those over 60 years of age, and investment in infrastructure projects to create more jobs.