Spanish vocational students win Hyundai’s Skills for the Future Awards

  • Student team AMECS from Spain (Madrid) won the Hyundai Skills for the Future Award 2016
  • Their innovative heating system helps you manage the temperature of your car cabin in a sustainable way through a mobile app, to pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin without consuming fuel
  • A joint initiative between JA Europe and Hyundai Motor Europe, Skills for the Future aims to inspire a more entrepreneurial generation that can clearly connect their education and future careers, with a focus on sustainability in business

- The European final of the 2016 edition of the Hyundai Skills for the Future Award took place in Madrid on 1-2 June, where more than 100 students from 15 European countries competed.

Participants showcased their entrepreneurial achievements, linked to the theme of sustainability. Based in Madrid (Spain), Cesar Molina Sanchez and Hector Pascual Martinez from the CIFP won both the judges' votes and the audience award in the European Final, competing among the 15 winners of national awards. The jury panel praised the team's winning concept: an innovative system that can cool or heat a car cabin without consuming fuel. Judges said the system, controlled by a smartphone app, shows a new and efficient way to tackle an everyday issue for drivers in hot and cold climates. They were also impressed by AMECS's financial model and socially-sensitive business model.

Thanks to Skills for the Future, we made our dream come true. We always wanted to work for the automotive industry and this project is leading us to new adventures in the sector. We are also delighted to see that other participants as well as Hyundai employees from Madrid elected us as the best mini company too. Winning both the audience and jury awards gives us more confidence as regards our future endeavours. We look forward to visit the offices of Hyundai Motor Europe in Frankfurt, a city dedicated to innovation and performance.

Cesar Molina Sanchez and Hector Pascual MartinezWinners of Hyundai Skills for the Future Awards 2016

Since the start of Skills for the Future in 2012, the partnership between JA Europe and Hyundai Motor Europe has engaged over 10,000 students, mentored and supported by Hyundai Motor volunteers and teachers. Through their mini-company experience, students (from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and the United Kingdom) develop their own products and services related to the automotive industry fitting to a sustainable mind set, and follow the full lifecycle of a company. 

The automotive industry is constantly looking for talented, skilled employees, so our Skills for the Future initiative aims to build up young people's competences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. In this year's Award programme, we have seen great potential among the finalists. Congratulations to all participants, especially AMECS who earned the judges' votes for their innovative and sustainable approach to an issue that affects all car owners in Europe.

Thomas A. SchmidChief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Europe

This year’s event featured a policy and industry stakeholder panel debate “Empowering vocational education for a better Europe.” Speakers included Mario Armero, President, ANFAC-Spanish Association of Automobile & Truck Manufacturers; Ann Branch, Head of Unit, Job Creation, DG Employment, European Commission; Enrique Calvet Chambon, Member of the European Parliament; David Fitzpatrick, Director PR & Brand Experience at Hyundai Motor Europe; and Pete Hodgson, President, EfVET - European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education & Training. They discussed desirable skills for employability as well as the role of vocational education in skills development and job creation. Speakers concluded that progress is still needed to address the skills mismatch and Europe’s competitiveness, calling for increased partnerships between education and business.

Millennials think differently about cars and mobility in general. In Skills for the Future, experienced professionals interact with young people, encouraging them to use their ingenuity and creativity to tackle some of the industry’s biggest challenges. It’s not about what’s now, it’s about what’s next.

Caroline JennerCEO JA Europe

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