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News - 05 March, 2018

How to we collaborate with educational institutions?


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.

WHAT ARE WE DOING?

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:

  • Giving guidance to ‘browsing trainees’ (secondary pupils who come to have a look for a couple of days)
  • Offering an average of 15 to 20 work-placement and final-year places per college term
  • Giving talks for students about our technologies and products
  • Laying on welding workshops for secondary pupils to generate their enthusiasm for working in engineering

WHICH SCHOOLS DO WE COLLABORATE WITH?

  • Secondary: Reggesteyn, Fruytier, Pius X
  • MBO [vocational secondary education]: Twente ROC [regional training centre], Deltion College, Graafschap College & REMO West-Twente
  • HBO [higher professional education]: Saxion, Windesheim; Arnhem and Nijmegen Colleges of Higher Education
  • WO [university education]: University of Twente

AND WITH WHICH STUDY ASSOCIATIONS?

  • Archimedes Saxion (Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, Industrial Product Design and Chemical Technology)
  • Watt Saxion (Electrical Engineering and Technical Physics)
  • Syntaxis Saxion (all IT courses)
  • Inter Actief UT (Technical IT and Business & IT)
  • Nervi Windesheim (Structural Engineering, Civil Technology and Mobility)
  • BK5 Saxion (Technical Business Studies postgraduate course)
  • Construct Saxion (Structural Engineering and Civil Technology)

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!”