KIA OPENS TRAINING CENTRE IN
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.