KIA OPENS TRAIN­ING CEN­TRE IN

ETHIOPIA

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Kia Mo­tors Cor­po­ra­tion has opened a new com­mu­ni­tyrun auto me­chanic train­ing cen­tre in Ethiopia. The Kia-KOICA train­ing cen­tre is lo­cated in the Lideta area of Ethiopia’s cap­i­tal, Ad­dis Ababa. Sup­ported by a $1.8 mil­lion in­vest­ment by Kia Mo­tors and the Korea In­ter­na­tional Co-op­er­a­tion Agency (KOICA), the cen­tre is jointly op­er­ated by World Vi­sion. World Vi­sion is a relief, de­vel­op­ment and ad­vo­cacy non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion ded­i­cated to work­ing with 100 mil­lion peo­ple in coun­tries around the world. The fa­cil­ity em­ploys res­i­dents from the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and plans to take on around 60 young trainees each year. The cen­tre en­ables trainee mechanics to work to­wards a range of vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions, while pro­vid­ing a short-term train­ing pro­gramme for driv­ers. In ad­di­tion to rais­ing em­ploy­ment lev­els, the Green Light Project-backed fa­cil­ity in­creases the num­ber of ve­hi­cle mechanics in the re­gion. KIA es­ti­mates that the auto me­chanic train­ing cen­tre will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of over 2 000 lo­cal cit­i­zens. KIA plans to de­velop the site by sup­port­ing the estab­lish­ment of an ad­ja­cent lo­cal re­pair shop, cre­at­ing fur­ther jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties in Lideta and Dan­dora. Ul­ti­mately, KIA and KOICA in­tend for the site to be­come a self-suf­fi­cient busi­ness.

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