Plan International and automobile manufacturer Hyundai have commissioned the Hyundai Dream Center, a state of the art facility at the National Training Authority’s (NITA) Athi River campus.
NITA Board Director Wilson Ngahu who was representing NITA Board Chairman, Kamau Gachigi, said the project will increase decent employment for the youth.
“The Project will focus on transferring advanced knowledge and skills in Motor Vehicles Auto-electrics, technologies; increasing the opportunities for employment and decent work for the youth and boost the number of youth engaged in wage and self- employment; and, enhancing efficiency in project management processes to facilitate self-employment and start-ups among young people”.
The project has been done in partnership with the Salvador Caetano Kenya organisation and funded by Hyundai Motor Company.
Hyundai Dream Centre is aiming to enhance the existing training facility for the automotive industry to modern standards and develop capacity for young men and women with demand-driven entrepreneurship and employability skills in the auto industry through industrial training.
Speaking during the launch, Plan International Director of Operations Patrick Ngenga said that the Hyundai Dream Centre Project would address youth unemployment by enabling them to acquire technical skills in auto-electrics and non-technical demand driven employability soft skills.
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“We are pleased to build capacity for our young women and girls who will change the perception that the automotive industry is male dominated. This course will bridge the gap where many young people lack job opportunities due to lack of relevant skills that match the labour market needs. The training platform will not only empower them with technical and non-technical skills, but also enable them acquire decent jobs to improve their livelihood,” said Mr. Ngenga.
The sponsorship targets 120 young women and girls between the ages of 18-35 years from disadvantaged backgrounds across the country, and will be trained for 9 months in motor vehicle auto-electrics.
The training curricula for both technical and non-technical skills have also been revised to meet the labour market expectations.
The facility is fitted with state-of-the-art hybrid and electric car engine simulators that will enhance automobile training in Kenya.
The face-lift of the facility includes the renovation of the classes, auto care centre, motor vehicle mechanic and the auto-electrics workshop.
Currently, the workshop is 80 peercent equipped, and will be fully equipped by August 2021.