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The Van den Bosch Academy is now open!

The Van den Bosch Academy is now open!

Welcome to our brand new knowledge centre. This is where all our expertise and experience in bulk logistics comes together.

At the Van den Bosch Academy, our drivers and transport partners are trained to become Van den Bosch ambassadors. Our office-based colleagues, the Technical Department and even our customers enrich their knowledge here and are trained to become Supply Chain Experts. But importantly, we don’t just teach theory at the Academy. The emphasis is on putting ideas into practice – all in an inspiring environment. 

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Van den Bosch Academy opening ceremony hosted by CEO Rico Daandels and Michiel van Kessel, Director Staff Services.

Tell me and I will forget

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At the Academy we make you a part of our bulk logistics world. Here we link theory to practice, and experience to doing. We share more than just knowledge, we really make you part of our world.  

Colleagues’ stories

Van den Bosch’s world is big and you’ll find our people everywhere. The jobs they do are very diverse and they have a lot of stories to tell. We invited some of our colleagues to experience the Academy for themselves and to talk about learning and development. Find out what they believe and what drives them in their day-to-day work.

Peter Janssen

As a trainer at the Academy, Peter trains colleagues and transport partners to become bulk logistics experts.

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Loekie van Dam

Customer Service employee Loekie participated in the onboarding programme, which gave her a flying start at Van den Bosch.

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Van den Bosch 'Excellent preparation for the job'

Loekie (24) on the Van den Bosch onboarding programme

Would Loekie van Dam have got off to such a flying start without the onboarding programme at the Van den Bosch Academy? Our Customer Service (Dry Bulk) colleague is clear on this. "Absolutely not. This comprehensive introductory programme taught me a lot about my new job and about the company. For me, this was the perfect introduction."

Loekie joined in January 2021. But before taking the plunge into her work, she first followed the onboarding programme for two weeks. "I have no background in transport, so I had no clear idea of what goes on in a company like Van den Bosch. The programme helped me a lot with that. I got to know the company, found out about the various functions and how they relate to each other."

"I felt appreciated even before I started"

Mutual understanding
Loekie was of course prepared for her own specific position, but the insight into the work of others also provided a lot of understanding. "For example, I was surprised how many responsibilities a driver actually has. The same goes for business controllers, planners, ICT staff, etc. It’s really useful to know what everyone is doing. It lends to mutual understanding, which can only benefit the cooperation."

Growth prospects
Loekie also sees the focus on growth possibilities as a great opportunity. "Colleagues who have worked at Van den Bosch for years explained the steps they had gone through and how they kept their careers challenging. What struck me was that they all talked passionately about the company. That made me very keen to get started in my own position. I was really looking forward to it."

Welcome feeling
"All in all, during onboarding I got a strong 'welcome to Van den Bosch' feeling", says Loekie. "I know why my position is important, and that my work matters. I felt appreciated even before I started. And once I started, a lot of the pieces quickly fell into place. That was fortunate, because it allowed me to focus all my attention on the onboarding process. I can now safely say that I feel perfectly at home."

Nicky van de Langenberg

A Traineeship helps Nicky discover which job function will best suit him.

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Van den Bosch 'Discovering where my passion lies'

Nicky (25) on his traineeship at Van den Bosch

When you’ve just graduated, you don’t always know which job will suit you. Nicky van de Langenberg felt just the same when he joined us. Through a traineeship, he is gradually discovering which job will bring out the best in him.

Nicky completed his studies in Logistics Engineering at Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUAS) in the summer of 2020. "After the summer holidays I was keen to get started. But where? Via LinkedIn I found my way to Van den Bosch, an interesting company. Things happened quickly after that: in a few weeks I went from the first interview to the question: "When can you start?" I had no clear idea of what I wanted exactly, so the prospect of a traineeship really appealed to me."

“I still have a lot to learn at Van den Bosch”

Finding out more
"I started in the Customer Service department at the Liquid Chemical division. I liked it from day one. The atmosphere is friendly, you can discuss anything and the involvement of colleagues goes beyond purely business. Nevertheless, this isn't my final destination. I want to find out a lot more about this company. That’s also my goal in the traineeship: to discover where my passion lies."

Traineeship offers a solution
"I’m sure there are many graduates who can’t see a clear path after getting their degree. And there are so many jobs... A traineeship offers a solution. Who knows, it might take four or five functions before you find what suits you. Waste of time? Not at all. The experience you gain will help you with your next steps."

Still a lot to learn
"In any case, I still have a lot to learn at Van den Bosch. I don’t have a concrete ambition, except to see and learn as much as possible, so that I will be multi-functionally employable. I really appreciate the fact that I have the opportunity to do this."

Dennis van Doren

Dennis works on location at a customer’s premises as a Van den Bosch On-site Coordinator.

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Making of

17 m3 concrete, 262 m2 tiles, 293 m2 theatre fabric, 175 lamps and 15.4 tonnes of construction waste. The realisation of the new Van den Bosch Academy took a huge amount of work. Under the leadership of Facility Manager Tom van Rijt, an empty and obsolete building at Bussele 30 in Erp was transformed in 5.5 months into an experience centre in bulk logistics.

"This combination of training, experience and innovation is unique"
Tom van Rijt - Facility Manager

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Making of

17 m3 concrete, 262 m2 tiles, 293 m2 theatre fabric, 175 lamps and 15.4 tonnes of construction waste. The realisation of the new Van den Bosch Academy took a huge amount of work. Under the leadership of Facility Manager Tom van Rijt, an empty and obsolete building at Bussele 30 in Erp was transformed in 5.5 months into an experience centre in bulk logistics.

"We worked extremely hard, but the result speaks for itself", says Van Rijt. As project leader, he has been working nonstop in recent months. "It was a big challenge to go from drawing to delivery in 5.5 months, especially as the building required total renovation first. Only then could we actually start on the concept. My compliments go to all the colleagues and suppliers involved. It took a huge collective effort to achieve the concept we envisioned."

"This combination of training, experience and innovation is unique"
Tom van Rijt - Facility Manager

World of bulk logistics
In the Academy, Van den Bosch takes colleagues and visitors into the world of bulk logistics. Van Rijt: "In a hall of 500 square metres, every facet comes to life: a walk-in tank container, a silo container, a 4-metre high tower for working at height and a truck cabin, as well as the latest innovations and the products we transport. The centrepiece is a glass theory room, around which the training islands are set up. All the elements are connected to each other via lines on the floor. No detail was forgotten. For example, the bicycle stall in a silo container, and seating made of truck tyres."
 
More than a training facility
"I am extremely proud of the result", concludes Van Rijt. "The Academy is much more than a training facility. It is a complete journey through the world of bulk logistics: the epitome of who we are and what we stand for. This combination of training, experience and innovation is unique."

Improve your Skills

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Those who develop, are moving forward. That is why we invest in knowledge sharing and training programmes. Because, if you can get the best out of yourself, we can bring out the best in each other.

We don't innovate alone, we do it together

Training and developing our employees is high on our agenda. The brand new Van den Bosch Academy is an example of our continuous investment in personal development and professional training. It makes our logistics colleagues experts in their field. In addition, Van den Bosch has a sharp focus on innovation, smart data use, automation and sustainability.

"Every employee is essential to realise our ambitions"
Petra van Kampen - HR Business Partner

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We don't innovate alone, we do it together

Training and developing our employees is high on our agenda. The brand new Van den Bosch Academy is an example of our continuous investment in personal development and professional training. It makes our logistics colleagues experts in their field. In addition, Van den Bosch has a sharp focus on innovation, smart data use, automation and sustainability.

Moving forward together
You don't innovate by wanting to be smarter than others. You do that by being smarter with others. That’s why Van den Bosch works closely with various educational institutions, knowledge institutions and other logistics sector organisations. We share our knowledge, we like to learn and we seek cooperation to improve the supply chain as a partner and a supply chain director.

Leading the way in bulk
Leading also means being at the forefront of learning and development. Our employees are the engine for growth and innovation. We continuously invest in Learning & Development and encourage our employees to get the best out of themselves and each other. Successful examples are our Talent Development programmes, professional training courses and an extensive onboarding programme in which personal development takes central stage. Every employee is essential to realise our ambitions.

"Every employee is essential to realise our ambitions"
Petra van Kampen - HR Business Partner

New talent
Van den Bosch is always looking for new talent. Through internships, learning workshops, research, guest lectures and project assignments, school pupils and students get fully acquainted with the challenging world of bulk logistics. They are the data managers, master planners or master drivers of the future. The talents that make a difference every day. 

World-class workplace
Van den Bosch recently received the World-Class Workplace quality label. This independent quality label for good employment practices is awarded annually by research agency Effectory. Based on survey results, Van den Bosch scores above average compared to other surveyed organisations that are active worldwide. 

Want to know more? Take a look at http://jobs.vandenbosch.com.