Kia to train mechanics across globe; starts in Africa

Kia to train mechanics across globe; starts in Africa image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Kia | posted May 31, 2016 09:31

Training centers located in Ethiopia and Kenya

Kia Motors Corporation (KMC) hopes to make an impact in the lives of people in various third-world communities around the globe giving them a source of livelihood through their global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, the ‘Green Light Project’.

Two new community-run auto mechanic training centers are set to begin construction in Ethiopia and Kenya after groundbreaking ceremonies were held by KMC in late May.

The community-run auto mechanic training centers, which received an investment of $4 million from Kia and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), will be jointly operated by World Vision and Good Neighbors after construction is completed in 2017.

Each center will employ residents from their communities and train around 100 people each year. Each graduate of the center will be equipped with skills necessary to attain certification in their respective countries and will be automatically be qualified for Kia’s internship program.

The program’s goal is to raise the employment level of the country and positively affect the lives of the citizens of the community.

“The Green Light Project was conceived to improve the lives of those with little access to medicine and medical care, education, and employment. Our program aims to provide local communities with the means and infrastructure to help achieve independence and build better lives for themselves,” said Chang-Muk Choi, head of the CSR Management Team at Kia Motors Corporation.

Kia has indicated that it plans to expand the project to other countries and regions in the world.