Trainees working together

for a futureproof society and economy


2 November, 2018

Rotterdam Science Tower

For Trainees

You are doing a traineeship and want to connect with other trainees

For Organizations

You want to offer your trainees an appealing networking event     

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The concept

The Dutch National Trainee Event (NTE) brings together high potentials from both the public and private sectors to work on the future of the Netherlands. This year, the event marks another theme concerning all organizations, public and private:


Our world is in transition, so new fresh ideas and input of high potentials are needed more than ever.  

The day focuses on the development of the trainee and networking. 150 trainees are challenged to look broader than their own organization, with the aim of inspiring and activating them to contribute to a better future with the acquired knowledge and improved skills.

Background and keynote speech: Evert den Boer - CEO Greenchoice

In October 2015, Evert den Boer (1969) was appointed CEO of the green energy supplier Greenchoice. In April 2017 he joined the board of Energie-Nederland.

Evert has extensive experience in the energy sector. Before Greenchoice he lived with his family in Copenhagen where he worked for the Danish Dong Energy. There he was responsible for the Northwest-European sales activities, among which the Netherlands. Earlier he has held several different commercial positions working for Vattenfall, Nuon, Shell, Gasterra and The Boston Consulting Group.



Young Entrepreneurship

What are the competencies of the future entrepreneur?

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Jan van de Poll has ten years of experience in technology marketing on three different continents and twenty year experience in consultancy. He is a business economist, has a PhD in artificial intelligence for organizational transformations and is a founder of Transparency Lab. TLab delivers a technology platform for automated consultancy processes for clients in Europe and the USA.

Jan van de Poll

Future Society

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Carien Aalbers

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Frits Warnar

How to deal with transport during rush hour in the future?

After completing two master studies in transport, Carien has been a trainee herself at the Dutch government. She has been working as a professional in the field of (public) transport for over 7 years already and is now working on the future of public transport in the Netherlands and the promotion of international train travel within Europe.

Frits is an experienced (interim) manager. He has earned his spurs within the Dutch police organization and at several ministries of the Dutch government. He has affinity with the security domain and with project and program management in an interdisciplinary context. Currently he works at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on the future of (public) transport.


Digital Age

Today's society is immensly digitalized. What will this dependency look like in fifty years from now?

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Dennis Groot has many years of experience in the innovation and technology market. In his role as Business Lead Data Driven Solutions at KPN, he connects the newest technology with daily business management for organizations in various branches. He is initiator of the Data Services Hub within KPN, co-founder of the ‘Thinktank’ Innovation and Trust, and he is researching the impact of the development of technology on trust between consumers and organizations.

Dennis Groot

How do you compete with innovative ideas on renewable energy?

Energy Challenges


Martijn Bolkestein now works at Berenschot as consultant on assignments for ministries, municipalities and private enterprises. Before this, he worked 18 years as financial manager at Shell in The Netherlands and the Middle East. Aside from his work as consultant Martijn is active in national and local politics, on which he recently published the book Dorpspolitiek. Martijn firmly beliefs that the future of sustainable energy is to be based on pairing government regulation and private sector execution.

Martijn Bolkestein


Berenschot is positioned at the centre of society. We want to make a contribution to current social issues and strive for growth on the basis of our expertise. In addition to corporate social responsibility we also consider corporate social involvement to be very important. We demonstrate our involvement in various ways.

SMO is a foundation that accelerates the realization of societal ambitions. To achieve this we signal and identify societal challenges for which an integrative approach and adaptability from multiple parties is needed. As a trusted third party SMO connects corporations, public parties, scientific institutions and the young generation in order to create and implement solutions for these societal challenges.



Participating organizations

We are proud of the organisations that participated in the past editions. They show they care about the development of their trainees and the future of the Netherlands.

2017 Participants 






















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