Bosch enhances vocational skills of disadvantaged hill tribe youth



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2016-03-22 | Thailand | Corporate News

  • Providing funds and new kitchen appliances to the Skills for Life Foundation

Bangkok – March 22, 2016: “Education” is something that develops human well-being. Unfortunately, quality education is in many cases, still out of reach of a large number of disadvantaged people, such as hill tribe children. These young people lack continuous education due to poverty and living in remote locations.

Hence, Bosch is strengthening its longstanding commitment to Chiang Mai's Skills for Life Foundation, by providing educational opportunities to underprivileged hill tribe children and contributing to their overall well-being.

Mr. Joseph Hong, Managing Director of Bosch (Thailand), commented on Bosch’s committment to this CSR program during a recent visit to the Skills for Life Foundation, “Bosch has every intention of continuing to support education for underprivileged young people worldwide through its various global projects, namely Primavera, which is an association founded by Bosch associates and retirees to help children in developing and emerging countries have a better start in life. We have been supporting the Skills for Life Foundation in Chiang Mai since 2015 with funds and new kitchen appliances for vocational training. The objective is to enhance education and vocational training that are needed for children to achieve autonomy and self-sufficiency.

Mrs. Dominique Leutwiler, Founder of Skills for Life Foundation, shared her insights regarding the Foundation’s vision, “The Skills for Life Foundation was established to assist underprivileged hill tribe children in remote areas by meeting basic needs and providing education. Most importantly, the Foundation commits to encouraging young people to take responsibility and become autonomous in the future. To assist them in doing so, we offer educational and training opportunities, specifically suitable vocational training, throughout their education. The Foundation has developed special activities for these children to learn new things and develop closer bonds with friends. These include mini golf, painting their own elephants at the Color Factory shop, and a tour of the Night Safari at Chiang Mai Zoo. In support of vocational training, we have received continued support from Bosch, who have been providing an array of new kitchen appliances that allow children to apply their baking and packaging design skills. These new appliances also bring joy and happiness to the children, who were able to bake cookies that they sold at auctions and charity events. These cookies raised an amazing 150,000 baht for the children’s scholarship, other vocational training, and upcoming baking sessions.”

The Foundation currently has nineteen children under its care; seven boys and twelve girls who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, living in the north of Thailand, or whose parents are dying of AIDS.

Pimrada Wongtrakunmuang (Amy), third-year student of Hotel and Hospitality (Continuing Program), Institute of Vocational Education, Northern Region 1 and is supported by the Foundation, talked about her appreciation of the vocational training, “The first thing that Skills for Life gave me was a very good opportunity to study while working on a project related to the hotel business. Because of this project, I gained so much valuable experience. I feel like a very lucky girl. Skills for Life House is not only a normal shelter home – it is a house that is full of love and warmth, even though we are from different tribes and different familes. My friends and I enjoy engaging in vocational training, such as baking cookies, that enables us to earn money and learn how to conduct business while building our confidence. Because of this, I believe that I can achieve self-autonomy in the future.“

Nutthachai Thaisamut (Boy), second-year student of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty, Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, said, “I am one of the orphans assisted by the Foundation. Regarding vocational skills, I have had a chance to work with real entrepreneurs in the bakery business. As I am a person who has no idea about baking cookies, my friends enthusiastically teach me how to do so. Starting from the beginning, we learn how to prepare ingredients, bake, and design our own packaging through to selling the cookies by ourselves. I must say that working with others is very enjoyable, as we help solve problems and challenges. This experience builds my confidence to work with others, and now I am considering starting up my own business in the future.“

During his tour of the Foundation, Mr. Joseph Hong presented a ceremonial cheque valued at 290,000 baht, and additional kitchen equipment to support the students‘ education and vocational training.

Bosch aims to reduce the barriers that disadvantaged youth, to help them achieve autonomy and self-sufficiency. These career building tools are needed for them to build confidence in order to work with real entrepreneurs, or even start their own business in the future,” concluded Mr. Hong.

About Bosch in Thailand

Bosch is represented in Thailand by four entities generating sales of 10.8 billion baht (285 million euros) in fiscal 2015. Bosch automotive spare parts, power tools, security systems, thermotechnology, drive and control technology and packaging technology are distributed in Thailand by Robert Bosch Limited. Automotive components are manufactured in the Amata City Industrial Estate in Rayong, while the production of packaging machinery and the service for hydraulic equipment and machinery is located in the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chonburi. BSH Home Appliances Limited sells and services home appliances in Thailand. Bosch’s workforce in Thailand stood at more than 1,100 employees as of December 31, 2015.

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About Bosch worldwide

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 450 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 59,000 associates in research and development.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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