Koforidua, Jan 30, GNA – A sod cutting ceremony was performed at the Gratis Centre for the construction of a two-storey building for the training of the youth in automobile skills, at Koforidua on Monday..
The Korean Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Kyun Jea-Min, together with the Eastern Regional Minster, Dr Kwasi Akyem Apea-Kubi and heads of collaborating agencies, participated in the ceremony.
Plan Ghana, a non-governmental organization (NGO), in collaboration with Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Hyundai Motors International Company are working together to build the 700,000-dollar facility, to be called Hyundai-KOICA-Gratis dream.
Work on the project is expected to be completed by the end of July and the facility would focus on the training of Junior High School and Senior High School graduates, to meet the current technologies in the automobile world.
The skills training facility would set up a network for good job recruiting by Hyundai Motors Company and it would suit the Ghana Education Service (GES curriculum for vocational and technical training.
The first batch of 300 students would be enrolled for training at the centre at the end of September in conformity with the GES calendar.
Mr Jea-Min said initiatives to train Ghanaian youth in automobile skills to meet the requirements on the world market was as a result of good relationship between Korea and Ghana.
He said Korea was committed to supporting the developmental agenda of Ghana and efforts aimed at creating jobs for the youth to enable them to meaningfully contribute to the national development.
Mr Prem Shuklar, the Country Director of Plan Ghana, said the NGO facilitated the project under its vocational and technical education development programme.
He said the NGO attached great importance to the training of the youth in technical and vocational skills.
Mr Shukla said that in the next five years, Plan Ghana’s education programme would aim at supporting the Government of Ghana to increase access to quality education.
He said particular emphasis would be placed on school enrolment, retention and completion to ensure that all children have access to basic education.
The Africa Regional Headquarters Representative for Hyundai Motors Company, Mr Lee, Jang Ho, said the project would focus on the training of mechanics to upgrade their knowledge and skills.
He said Hyundai Motors would offer training to meet their standards, to ensure that at least 20 per cent of all persons that received training from the facility would be employed by the company as its contribution to alleviating the unemployment situation in Ghana.
Dr Apea-Kubi, commended the NGO and its collaborators for initiating the project and expressed the hope it would benefit the youth in the country.