Hyundai Motor opens Hyundai Dream Center in Kenya for automotive training and education
Hyundai Motor Company has announced the opening of its brand new Hyundai Dream Center, an automotive education and training center, in Kenya. The new Dream Center is the seventh institute worldwide created by Hyundai Motor, after the Dream Centers founded in Ghana, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam, the Philippines and Peru.
Hyundai Motor hosted the groundbreaking ceremony at the Dream Center, located on the Athi River Campus of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) in Nairobi. Bang Sun Jeong, Vice President of Hyundai Motor Company and Head of Middle East and Africa Headquarters, delivered his congratulations via video.
“The Hyundai Dream Center Kenya hopes to help disadvantaged youth by providing them with hands-on automotive maintenance training and employment opportunities through Hyundai Motor’s extensive network,” Jeong said. “Outstanding students will benefit from on-the-job training opportunities in Hyundai Motor’s service and dealer networks, as well as industry internships and employment opportunities after graduation.”
About 40 guests attended the event, including representatives from the Kenyan government, automotive technology educators and representatives from the Hyundai Dream Center. Guests of honor included Willson Ngahu, director of the board of directors of the Kenyan National Industrial Training Board; Michael De Silva, Managing Director of Salvador Caetano Kenya; Patrick Ngenga, Deputy Country Director of Plan International Kenya; and William Mwanza, director of the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Hyundai Dream Center is one of Hyundai Motor’s global Shared Value Creation (CSV) projects to provide vocational training and employment opportunities to young people in underdeveloped regions of the world in cooperation with the non-governmental organization Map Korea. Through its programs, Hyundai Dream Center will help underserved youth, while nurturing a constant pool of skilled Kenyan automotive talent.
Hyundai Motor established the Hyundai Dream Center Kenya within the electronics factory and auto centers of NITA, a state-run vocational training institute, to help stimulate the growth of the local auto industry. Hyundai Motor plans to enroll 120 underserved young adults in the vocational course and support their education by providing a conducive study environment for three years, which includes additional new teaching materials, equipment as well as scholarships for students. exceptional students. The company is also targeting a female enrollment rate of at least 30 percent to encourage more young women to pursue careers in the automotive industry.
“I would like to thank Hyundai Motor Company for this opportunity and for allowing us to experience modern automotive equipment,” said Awinja Jeniffer, student at Hyundai Dream Center Kenya. “I hope that the project will continue for many years and that it will be introduced in other parts of the country so that more and perhaps less privileged young people like me can be supported in realizing their hopes and their hopes. dreams. “
Following its seventh Dream Center in Kenya, Hyundai Motor will continue the project in underserved communities around the world, with the aim of bringing social value through education and economic value through labor and the creation of ‘jobs.