The Van Oord Traineeship

The position

Did you graduate no more than two years ago and haven’t finished learning yet? Do you want to contribute to the projects, business units or staff departments of a leading maritime contractor with your ingenious mindset? Our purpose and mission have four main drivers: the growing world population needs more space, maritime transport requires new and improved infrastructure, climate change demands better coastal protection and the demand for energy is growing and a renewable energy system is essential to providing the energy needed for the future. We create a better world for future generations by delivering Marine ingenuity. Are you ready for 365 days of learning and adventure? 

Your responsibilities

Along with a group of 12 trainees, you will embark on an intense and fascinating year. At our offices in Rotterdam and Gorinchem, you will get to know all departments and areas of Van Oord in double-quick time. We will get you working on one or more of our Dutch / international projects, business units or staff departments for 9 weeks, 3 times during your traineeship. This could mean that you will be away from home during a project period. 

In the meantime, you will actively work to build a good network, from the shop floor to the top of the company, starting within your trainee group, manager and business mentor. Naturally, we will provide personal support, courses and training sessions for your personal and professional development. At the end of your traineeship, you will start working in a challenging position at our head office in Rotterdam, Gorinchem or at one of our project locations worldwide. You will have an important role in the future of Van Oord! Sounds good, right? 

Job requirements 

We are looking for people to reinforce our team who will not simply apply their knowledge, but enrich our staff departments, business units and projects with great thinking. In order to be eligible for the traineeship, you must have an bachelors or masters degree and not more than 2 years of professional experience. Potential for accelerated development (personal and professional) and experience are more important to us then your field of studies. 

We offer

We offer you a year focused on your development, during which you will learn all about Van Oord, our people and everything we do. This represents a great professional start, with plenty of opportunity to develop very quickly both professionally and personally – internationally, too – so that you can continue to grow in your role. Thanks to the team-building activities, you will form a tight-knit group with your fellow trainees in no time. You will find this network to be very useful both during the traineeship and when you start your career at Van Oord. 

About Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading global contractor in dredging, hydraulic engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind). We are an innovative partner for our clients and have been contributing to the infrastructure of tomorrow's world for over a hundred years. Our people are committed, enterprising professionals with a passion for water and technology. 

Do you want to be a part of Van Oord?

For full information and to apply online visit Upload your resume, motivation letter and grade list (in max. 2 documents please). 

Not ready to apply yet? For more information take a look at our Traineeship page,, or contact Lisa van der Valk +31 8 88 26 46 55 

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