Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) and Plan International cooperated to implement a training program to help and create job opportunities for young individuals. On April 10, 2018, this came into fruition with the Hyundai Dream Center Philippines (HDCP). With its world-class training facilities, it has taken the notice of representatives of Plan International from other countries.
Recently, Verónica Aguirre, Economic Development Manager of Plan International Guatemala, and Ms. Pragya Gurung, Skills and Opportunities for Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (SOYEE) Specialist of Plan International Nepal, engaged HDCP officers and staff in a friendly exchange of best practices with the view of potential replicability in other countries.
“I know of the social responsibility of Hyundai to help young people to become successful in life. I asked Plan Philippines to have me come here to learn about your technical and soft skills training for young people and I am very surprised and happy with what I have seen... We will have a better future for the Philippines and all over the world because we see this model and can escalate it to other countries,” said Aguirre.
Since its inauguration more than a year ago, HDCP has produced close to a hundred young male and female automotive technicians, service advisors, and warranty officers. Hyundai Motor Company (HMC), Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (HARI) and Plan International cooperated to implement a training program made up of three courses adapted to the scholars’ diverse educational backgrounds.
“This is a very big learning for me. I was very happy to see that how Plan (International) Philippines has partnered with a company like Hyundai and how both the demand and supply side of human resources have been met… (I am impressed with) the infrastructure and the way the trainers and the staff have devoted themselves to make this project such a success. Hyundai Dream Centre is an example of modernization and industrialization and how it is creating more job opportunities for young people. This is definitely an example that I would take back home and something that we need to think about for creating more opportunities for the youth," added Aguirre.
This is not the first time that the HDCP facilities got visitors. From the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the 2019 Mutya ng Pilipinas candidates, HDCP has shown that it is a program that simply works.
“These recent developments involving Hyundai Dream Centre-Philippines are truly something to be proud about. Hyundai Dream Centre Philippines is truly a gift to the country. It is a symbol of Hyundai’s commitment to make the dreams of our young people come true. By providing globally-certified voc-tech skills education to our underprivileged youth, HDCP gives more Filipinos a better shot at starting productive careers in the automotive and manufacturing industries," said HARI President Ma. Fe Perez Agudo.