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Nol van Loon

It’s 35 degrees with 95% humidity and Nol van Loon is standing on a pontoon in the middle of the jungle in Singapore. This is his third assignment as a trainee. “We’re making a dike and reclaiming the land behind it,” he explains. The work involves dredging and in-filling to specific levels and transporting the clay by barge, ensuring the right equipment is in the right places at the right time. “In some ways this is my best assignment yet,” says Nol. “I have more responsibilities.”

Nol (25), a Civil Engineering graduate, is a Dredging Trainee and has had some surprising challenges. “My first achievement was to escape from a helicopter, upside-down in water – it was a simulation safety exercise during our first training session!” Traineeship is not all theory and paperwork, he says. It’s hands-on experience, responding to real needs. “We’re given a lot of freedom, and opportunities to make mistakes. In the end, that’s how you learn the most.”

Huge scale projects, wide scope activities, close-knit network.

“My first assignment was in Mumbai, a very exciting project. My main focus was obstruction removal using divers and cranes.” The great thing about the traineeship, says Nol, is that no two projects are identical. “In fact, no two days are alike!”

Nol’s second assignment was in Papendrecht, in the Tender Department at Global HQ, calculating the equipment and personnel needed for different tenders, as well as the timing and costs involved. “I’m fascinated by the massive scale of the projects we handle, and the huge scope of the company,” says Nol.

The work is hard – sometimes much more than 40 hours a week – and can put pressure on your social life. But during traineeship, seven weeks on assignment is followed by four weeks off. “On my last leave I explored Singapore, then went to Indonesia, and ended with a nice skiing trip.”

Nol’s advice to anyone thinking about a traineeship at Boskalis? “Just do it. Do it quickly!”

Do you want to know more about the Boskalis Traineeship? Please contact Yvette van Leijsen, Campus Recruiter, via +31 (0)78 696 8570 or read more about the Boskalis Traineeship.