Van Oord involves young people in shaping the company’s future

As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Team Van Oord’s Dutch partner Van Oord has been working with ‘Generation Z’ to help shape the company’s future.

Van Oord organised a two-day event on the former cruise ship the SS Rotterdam, which was attended by 150 young people aged 15-23 years.

Discussions centred on what the world might look like in 2038, and based on that what themes could be important to Van Oord.

The future generation of potential employees attended a lecture and discussed eight predictions about the shape of things to come – the results of which were captured in a ‘vlog’ (video log).

Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, said:

“We want to involve the coming generation in our company’s future. It will be their turn in 20 years’ time and that’s why we value their ideas today.”

In September, Van Oord published a special jubilee magazine to mark the company’s 150th anniversary – highlighting how Van Oord has ‘mastered the elements’ in its efforts to protect communities from flooding and reinforce coastlines.

Anniversary celebrations have also included the christening of two new vessels: the ‘Werkendam’, Van Oord’s first LNG-powered vessel which was commissioned in April; and the subsea rock installation vessel ‘Bravenes’ which was added to the company’s fleet in May.

The ‘Van Oord Innovation Challenge’, a contest for start-up and scale-up firms, will reach its climax in late November. The winner will be announced on 23 November during an international symposium.

Anniversary year celebrations will conclude with the christening of the Vox Amalia, Van Oord’s new trailing suction hopper dredger, on 14 December.

12 November 2018