Vanderlande combines forces to attract and retain specialist skills

Vanderlande and other companies in the Dutch Brainport region have combined forces to attract and retain international technology specialists and IT professionals. On 10 October they launched the Brainport talentBOX, a digital platform with the capacity to introduce forward-thinking employers to highly skilled individuals seeking employment.

Talent search

The talentBOX has been created for technology and IT professionals with a higher vocational bachelor's or master's degree. It contains vacancies that vary from positions in research and development to technical jobs in the manufacturing industry. A smart mechanism automatically matches the candidates' profiles with the vacancies at Vanderlande and also enables the company to quickly find the best applicants.

In addition, the new system makes it possible to retain strong candidates within the Brainport region. The profile of a candidate that does not match one of Vanderlande's vacancies will be submitted – with the candidate's permission – to the talentBOX. In this way, their profile will be seen by other employers in The Netherlands that might have a suitable position.

Stronger together

Bert van der Sluis, the HR Director at Vanderlande, says, "Our service-based activities are continuing to grow and the implementation of the projects that we manage in more than 100 countries around the world requires an ongoing influx of talented employees. Our staff are crucial to the achievement of our ambitions for growth.

"There is a huge demand for technology and IT staff, and this will only increase. With a lack of highly skilled and experienced candidates in these fields, this situation demands a new and innovative labour market strategy to attract and retain talent. By working together with other companies and organisations in the Brainport region, we are in a much stronger position in the worldwide battle for new recruits."

Brainport Talent Centre

The Brainport talentBOX was developed by the Brainport Talent Centre. This is a programme in which Dutch companies, knowledge and educational institutions, and government bodies work together to attract and retain technology and IT talents. Vanderlande, ASML, Bosch, NTS-Group, PANalytical and TNO are some examples of the companies and institutions that are connected to the Talent Centre.


Brainport, with Eindhoven at its heart, has become Europe's vibrant high-tech region in recent years. It is a unique form of collaboration that lays the foundations for open innovation – sharing knowledge to expand knowledge. High-tech and design go hand in hand with top-quality manufacturing and entrepreneurship. Collaboration and cooperation, a high level of intelligence and the ability to constantly adapt all help to accelerate the economy and get the individual moving – attracting talented students, knowledge workers, entrepreneurs and investors from around the world.

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