Hyundai To Set Up Technical Training Center in Ghana
Program fights high youth unemployment by teaching auto repair skills
Hyundai to offer jobs to best graduates
Other technical training centers to follow
Hyundai Motor Company, in collaboration with KOICA and PLAN Korea, will launch a project to help youth in under-developed areas support themselves by setting up technical training center for automobile repair in several African nations. Starting with Ghana, Hyundai will build automobile repair training schools in Africa and Asia in a continuous cycle of construction.
The repair training school in Koforidua, Ghana, called Hyundai-KOICA Dream Centre, will open in September 2012 with a three-year program, admitting about 300 students. Hyundai will support the establishment of the school, from paying teachers to developing curriculum. Graduates with good school records will be offered jobs at Hyundai Service Centers.
Statistics available from the Ghana Statistics Service 2006 Report indicate that about 250,000 young people enter the labor market annually; they range from university graduates to junior high dropouts. Only 2 percent, or fewer than 5,000 Ghanaian youth, secure traditional employment. The rest are left to unemployment or unstable employment.
The cause of high unemployment among youth is the lack of employable skills needed by the job market. Most educational training curricula are not valued by the current job market. As such, the Hyundai-KOICA project has been designed to give youth employable skills.
The project’s support programs and goals are :
Setting up a technical training center and supporting equipment for automobile repair training.
Recruiting and educating students to be auto mechanics.
Enhancing the skills of existing auto mechanics.
Creating skilled and literate mechanics.
Enabling self-reliant poverty reduction through youth empowerment.
Strengthening Hyundai/Korean and Ghanaian technical and cultural cooperation through Hyundai’s social contribution expertise.
* Ground breaking ceremony for the opening of auto repair training school in Ghana :
Date : January 30, 2012
Venue : GRATIS Foundation premises, Koforidua
Attending dignitaries include:
Ambassador of Korea – H.E Kyun Jea-Min
The Eastern Regional Minister – Dr. Kwasi Akyem Appiah-Kubi
Resident Representative of KOICA – Kim So Young
African Regional Headquarters Representative of Hyundai Motor company – Lee Jang Ho
Executive director of GRATIS – Emmunuel Asiedu
National director of Plan Korea – Lee Sang Joo
Country director of Plan Ghana – Prem Shukla
KOICA is Korean International Cooperation Agency, which was founded as a government agency in 1991 to maximize the effectiveness of Korea’s grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government’s grant aid and technical cooperation program. The focus has now broadened to promoting sustainable development, strengthening partnerships with developing partners, and enhancing the local ownership of beneficiaries.
Plan is an international child-centered community development organization that works for human development and focuses on promoting the rights of children. Plan’s vision is a world in which all children realize their potential in societies that respect human rights and dignity.
GRATIS Foundation evolved out of the Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS) Project, which was established by the government of Ghana in 1987 and mandated to promote small scale industrialization in Ghana.
(from left to right) Hyundai Motor Director Mr. Lee Jang Ho, The Eastern Regional Minister Dr. Kwasi Akyem Appiah-Kubi, Korean Ambassador Kyun Je-Min at the groundbreaking ceremony
(from left to right) Mayor of Koforidua Mr. Alex Asamoah, Korean Ambassador Kyun Je-Min, The Eastern Regional Minister – Dr. Kwasi Akyem Appiah-Kubi, Hyundai Motor Director Mr Lee Jang Ho