Our employees are important for our business and we promote this. We are very proud to have trained two employees to the level of engineer (BEng). West End is an approved work placement company. We do our best to promote technology among girls, and support secondary school and science and technology colleges in kindling enthusiasm among young people for technical subjects.
Every year, around 15% of the 56 people employed at West End are working on graduate or other internships or are connected with West End for longer periods through apprenticeships. We cooperate closely with the Leiden Instrument makers School (LiS), Regional Training Centres in Amsterdam and Hoofddorp and KTS (Knowledge Transfer System) Voorhout. In 2017, West End became part of the LiS aerospace cluster.
We share our knowledge and experience in customised solutions and manufacturing with university students. We do this by sponsoring innovative projects, such as the hydrogen-powered racing car of the Forze team and the solar-powered car of the Nuon Solar Team, both from Delft University of Technology.
What we make is so complicated that you won’t learn it at school. So at West End, we train our people ourselves, whereby they work and learn at the same time. That is also why we pay so much attention to getting young people interested in our profession.