South Korean auto manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company, in collaboration with KOICA and PLAN Korea, have launched 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 has started installing automobile repair training schools in Africa and Asia.
The repair training school in Koforidua, Ghana, called Hyundai-KOICA Dream Centre, offers a three-year program and has student capacity of about 300 students. Hyundai supports the establishment of the school, from paying teachers to developing curriculum. Graduates with good school records will be offered jobs at Hyundai Service Centres.
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 :
1. Setting up a technical training center and supporting equipment for automobile repair training.
2. Recruiting and educating students to be auto mechanics.
3. Enhancing the skills of existing auto mechanics.
4. Creating skilled and literate mechanics.
5. Enabling self-reliant poverty reduction through youth empowerment.
6. Strengthening Hyundai/Korean and Ghanaian technical and cultural cooperation through Hyundai’s social contribution expertise.