With an average age of 32, many of our colleagues are a long way from having finished learning. What is more, it seems only yesterday that they themselves were still sitting at a school desk. Accordingly, at Voortman we invest in our relationship with various educational institutions in the region. We do this not just to gain knowledge ourselves of the latest developments and technologies, but also to pass on our own knowledge to the students.
In this way we want to promote working in engineering generally. But our most important goal is of course to generate enthusiasm among the many pupils and students who come and visit us for engineering at Voortman. It emerges that we regularly find our future colleagues among these work-placement trainees and final-year students. There are definitely two final-year students from the current crop who will be staying with us after obtaining their diplomas.
HOLDING GUEST LECTURES
VSC’s Arjan van Dijk (Operations Manager) and André Robers (Project Engineer) recently laid on a short Tekla course for structural engineering students at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. And from VSM, Bart de Jong and Frans Volmer (both Lead Engineers) held a workshop to Mechanical Engineering students as part of the Production Engineering course.
ORGANISING VISITS BY COLLEGES
Pupils and students are given a corporate presentation, demonstrations of our machinery and a tour of the workshops at VSC and VSM for example. We tailor the programme to the specific wishes of the colleges: thus we will be happy to tell Structural Engineering students more about our steel construction projects and we show Software students our VACAM operating software.
TAKING PART IN NETWORKING EVENTS
Furthermore, we showcase Voortman at markets, exhibitions and other networking events at the various educational institutions in Overijssel province. Because if students don’t come to us, then we will go to them! Our aim is to increase our brand recognition and inform students about the possibilities we have to offer.
AND THERE’S MORE:
We asked Frans van Drie (Construct Saxion External Relations Commissioner) what the aim of the partnership is for his association: “It is beneficial for the study association to have contact with the world of work. Companies know exactly how things work in practice at any given time. For us, it is the way to learn about the latest technologies and methods. We therefore experience guest lectures, excursions to construction sites and company tours as highly enjoyable and informative!”