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Frequently  Asked Questions

How do I apply for a job at VDL? 

You can apply for a job on this website. Find a job that is right for you and click ‘Apply’. Send us your CV and a cover letter using the application form.

When can I expect a response to my application? 

After you have completed the application form, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by email. Next, we will assess your application. You will hear back from us within two weeks. If you have applied for a place in a work-based learning programme or for an internship or graduation project, we will get back to you within four weeks.

I don’t see any suitable vacancies listed. What do I do now?

We’re sorry to hear that we don’t have any vacancies that match your profile at this time. We advise you to sign up for our JobAlert to stay up to date with the latest vacancies at VDL that are relevant to you. Needless to say, you can also submit your CV anyway using the open application form. We will then keep your details and CV on file for one year. As soon as a suitable position opens up, our recruiters will get in touch with you. 

I don’t have an engineering background. Are there still opportunities for me at VDL?

That depends on the job you are interested in. Every vacancy specifies the requirements for the job in question. For most staff positions you do not need an engineering background. Affinity with technology is of course desirable.

Internship & Training

Are there any internship and graduation project opportunities at VDL? 

Every year, we offer over 550 internship and graduation project opportunities at various educational levels ranging from secondary vocational to university education. For current opportunities, click here. If you would like further information first, take a look at the Internships and graduation projects section.  

Does VDL offer any international internship or graduation project opportunities?       

Yes, we do. VDL Groep has multiple sites across the globe; in Europe, but also in the United States and Asia. If you would like to go on an internship abroad or do your graduation project at a VDL company outside the Netherlands, please let us know on the internship & graduation project application form. If you have any further questions, please contact one of our recruiters on recruitment@vdl.nl or by calling +31 (0)40 292 50 66.

Will VDL pay me during an internship? 

Yes, we will. Internship pay depends on what programme you are enrolled in and the duration of the internship with us.

Does VDL offer work-based learning opportunities?

We most definitely do. We offer several work-based learning programmes at secondary vocational and higher professional education level in various fields. During these programmes, you will be working at one of our accredited work-based learning companies and your tuition fees are paid by VDL. 

How can I get in contact with VDL employees personally? 

There are various ways to meet and get to know us. Check our events calendar for events where you can meet us personally.

 

Working at VDL

Can I take training courses as part of my job and/or are there career opportunities?

We are very committed to on-the-job learning, i.e. learning by doing! A practical approach, that’s what we like. If you were to need extra training or a course to be able to do your job even better, we can always look at the possibilities together. We will also be happy to help you move up in your career or help you if you want to transfer to another VDL company.

Does VDL organise any out-of-work activities?

As VDL colleagues, we like to see each other not only at work, but also outside from the workplace! There are all kinds of activities in which you can take part. The staff association at your company, for example, organises regular outings. And VDL Groep organises (sports) activities for all group companies together, which are always a great opportunity to meet colleagues from other VDL companies. We organise two football tournaments for all group companies every year, as well as a tennis tournament and a weekend getaway for motorcycle enthusiasts. Especially for young professionals (aged up to 35), we organise Young VDL Employee (YVE) events, which range from learning-oriented events such as company tours and workshops to more informal activities such as business games or Friday afternoon drinks.

Last but not least, we organise a phenomenal annual staff party for thousands of colleagues at a large multi-room venue with performances by top Dutch artists.

What is the work atmosphere at VDL like?

The people at VDL are enthusiastic, motivated, and committed to the company and VDL Groep. They are hardworking and feel at home in the company’s informal, open, no-nonsense culture. There is little hierarchy and lines of communication are short, as you would expect at a family business. Our employees, ranging from passionate starters and experienced pros, take pride in their work in combination with appropriate modesty.

I submitted an open application. How is my personal data processed?

Your data will be kept in our CV database for a period of one year. If a suitable position opens up during this period, our recruiters will get in touch with you. After one year, you will receive an email asking whether you want us to keep your data on file. Depending on your answer, your data will be either erased or kept on file. In the latter case, you will again be asked for consent one year later. If you want us to erase your data before the end of the 1-year term, please contact VDL Recruitment on recruitment@vdl.nl or by calling +31 (0)40 292 50 66.

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