- ‘Cross’ wins Hyundai Motor’s second ‘Skills for the Future’ award
- 2014 competition contested by 15 finalists from seven countries
- Skills for the Future aims to close the gap between education and business
The winner was one of 15 finalists from seven countries, all created by and employing young entrepreneurs. Each team won a national competition for a chance to compete at the European final.
Allan Rushforth, Senior Vice President and COO of Hyundai Motor Europe, who headed the judging panel, commented: “The team behind Cross showed passion and insight to develop a very relevant safety product for the automotive market, and the judges were extremely impressed with their professionalism and business case. I’m very proud Hyundai could provide mentoring support to help realise their dream.
Latest statistics reveal youth unemployment in Europe is at a record high, with 5,5 million young people (23% of the demographic) out of work.
The Skills for the Future programme, a joint-initiative between Hyundai and Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise (JA-YE) Europe, empowers young people with a greater understanding and awareness of the skills required to succeed. During the three-year initiative, the programme aims to reach 10.000 students in 15 countries, working with 400 Hyundai volunteers.
In addition to Allan Rushforth, the six-strong judging panel comprised of Simone Baldassarri (Director General, European Commission Enterprise and Industry), Diana Filip (Deputy CEO, JA-YE Europe), Chas Hallett (Brand Editor of Autocar magazine), Ernst Kopp (Workshop Manager, Hyundai Motorsport) and David Labrosse (Head of Product Planning, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre).