What we do
We help organizations assess and develop their traineeship programs and drive success.
Companies can enter their traineeship programs and compete over 3 rounds to win prestigious awards and the coveted title of Best Traineeship.
The competition allows competing organizations to gain extensive insights, research, and knowledge into their own traineeships and discover how they can grow, develop, and improve.
We’re seeking current trainees to participate in this year’s annual traineeship survey. Each year, hundreds of trainees across The Netherlands, join in our annual survey, which helps us to assess the current standards of traineeship programs.
The results form a comparative benchmark report for organizations and businesses. Are you interested in shaping the future of traineeship programs and outcomes? Get involved for free, and be part of the change.
Maurice de Kok
Manager Trainee Programme, Van Oord
Van Oord participated in this election of The Best Traineeship for the first time. It is a very well organised election with focus on important topics in the labour market in combination with different topics important for an excellent traineeship. We’ve got good insights from the benchmark report and learned about the strengths & improvements regarding our Technical Traineeship. Van Oord offers an International Technical Traineeship as from 2006 and we keep on developing the programme, especially with help from our Trainees. We joined the finals and enjoyed the pitches from other companies.
Training & Development Mainfreight
It was great to learn from the feedback of the benchmark report so that we can improve our European Management Trainee Program. The pitches in the final where great to experience how the trainee programs in other organizations look like.
Elise van der Ende
Adviseur HR Development, Facilicom
It was a pleasant experience and nice to have a full benchmark report of our traineeship,
Entepreneurial Manager, DisGover
Participating in the Best Traineeship Benelux competition is very valuable for DisGover. The research that the organization of ‘Best traineeship Benelux’ does is thorough and objective. DisGover has been participating for several years and has used the results of the research to improve the traineeship. The interview with the professional jury and the results that arise from this, proofs the members of the jury are experts in this area. They are aware of the latest trends and very important, they really immerse themselves in our company. Besides that we have been able to improve our traineeship, participating in this competition is also very good for the teamspirit. Joining the competition is really a great adventure and fun to experience with colleagues.
Project Leader Traineepool Organisation, Gemeente Amsterdam
We joined the benchmark for the first time to see where our traineeship stands among the competition. The benchmark report provided valuable information about our points of improvement and about the strong aspects of our program. To receive two awards, one for Balanced Projects and one for Best Traineeship Program Manager, is confirmation and recognition for us as an organization but also for our trainees (and is a cause for celebration!). We have enjoyed our participation in the Best Traineeship and have gained very useful insights. We’ll be back for more!
Manager Enexis Group Trainee Program, Enexis
After being the proud overall winner of Best Traineeship 2015, we decided to participate again this year. As a result, we made it to the final round and won in the category ‘Personal Branding’.
Joining the Best Traineeship gives us the opportunity to be inspired by the trainee programs of other organizations and gives us a moment of reflection thanks to a professional jury. These insights helps us to keep improving our program. Besides that, winning Best Traineeship is a great way to attract young potentials to our organization and show them how proud we are of our two-year traineeprogram!
Talent Manager Management Trainees, Delta Lloyd
In 2016 we joined the competition for the fourth time, being in the final for the third time. Eventually coming first place is a great recognition for our traineeship and our trainees! We are very proud to be the overall winner of the competition for the second time. It’s nice to come first once but to maintain this level is not easy so it is great to hear that we are still performing on top level.
As a traineemanager I am especially very pleased to hear that our trainees come across as very authentic and self conscious. This is something they can take with them during their entire careers. Joining the Best Traineeship competition is a very effective way of getting feedback from our trainees and to benchmark our traineeship in order to continually improve our program. And if it’s up to me we will keep on doing that in the future!
HR Assistant Learning & Development Testimonial Makro Cash & Carry Belgium
At Makro Cash & Carry Belgium, we offer the Management traineeship already for over more than 30 year to young, ambitious talents. We can only keep achieving great results by continuous improvements.
The benchmark of Best Traineeship for us is a barometer on the strengths of our Management traineeship, but as well a tool to provide us with fresh insights and inspiration to develop the traineeship further to become even stronger.
Rick van der Westen
Campus Recruiter / Recruiter Management Traineeship, Randstad Group
2016 was the first time that Randstad Group participated in the Best Traineeship competition. After receiving an extensive benchmark report on various aspects of our traineeship, the second round consisted of a broad interview in which the jury got to know the ins and outs of our program. The report and interview led us to the final round and to two victories within the best practices of ‘Training & Development’ and ‘Performance Appraisal’. We look back at an interesting and instructive procedure in which we learned about our own traineeship as well as having obtained insights into various other trainee programs. We will definitely take part in this competition again next year.
We’re inspiring organizations and supporting the individuals behind them to create the very best traineeship programs.
Traineeships have never been more significant. We believe they can ignite organizational success and create opportunities for young professionals to thrive.
The Best Traineeship annual competition provides a platform to celebrate and spotlight outstanding traineeship programs, organizations and program managers, while our yearly benchmark report provides an unapparelled learning and growth opportunity.
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Discover the outstanding companies, proud to be part of The Best Traineeship Hall of Fame.
Best Traineeship 2022 – The Awards
On the 10th of March, the day we were waiting for finally arrived – the 2022 Best Traineeship Awards. Our finalists gathered with us at the Academiegebouw in Utrecht, eager to pitch to our judges why they had the Best Traineeship.