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FordEngineering News reports that carmaker Ford on Tuesday announced that it would invest R11.5-million in the construction and operation of a new job training and entrepreneurial development centre at its SA assembly plant, in Silverton.  

The Ford Resource and Engagement Centre (FREC) was slated to open in October.  Ford Motor Company (FMC) Fund and Community Services president Jim Vella said in Pretoria that the FREC was only the second resource centre of its kind to be created by the company in the world, with the first located in Detroit, US, where unemployment reached between 11% and 13%.  It was anticipated that the centre would assist around 200 people a year, most of them from the Mamelodi community.  The centre would operate in partnership with the nongovernmental organisation, Future Families.  There will be a strong focus on employability and the training will be for free.


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