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After a traineeship at Royal SMIT, during my Mechanical Engineering course at Technovium in Nijmegen, I fell under the spell of transformers. I've gotten to know various parts of the company: from final assembly to development and internal assembly. At the end of my traineeship, I was so interested in how transformers work that I applied to Royal SMIT for a part-time job alongside my study. There weren't any openings at that time, but I was able to apply for a holiday job later on. I was able to do my graduation assignment at Royal SMIT. It wasn't your standard intermediate vocational traineeship, but a genuine graduation research project with responsibility for the chemical, electrical and mechanical testing of materials. It turned out to be a great but fun challenge and I gained a lot of new skills very quickly. I now have a fulltime job at Royal SMIT, currently still in the engineering department, but eventually I'm hoping to become a technical expert.” Graduating with Royal SMIT: “Real talent is given lots of room here” Maarten van Woerkom: “Trainees who are curious about our products and who go above and beyond what is strictly required by their course are given lots of room to develop here. Tobie regularly popped into my office to request information about our transformers. He is genuinely interested in the product, and that gets the others thinking as well. At the end of his graduation period, we had a decent chat about his future career prospects. He had the option of studying further at a higher vocational level to become a technical specialist, or to start here straight away. Tobie definitely has the ambition to grow further, but really wants to do this while on the job. Based on my advice, he is now spending his first couple of years in the engineering department. There, he has more room to gain further experience through special orders and projects. He's developing fast and that really is great to see. But there are many other motivated young technicians like Tobie at SMIT. It's a privilege and very educational to coach them.” YOUNG, ENTHUSIASTIC AND TALENTED STARTERS HAVE A FRESH VIEW OF EXISTING PROCESSES WITHIN A COMPANY, YET ARE STILL EASY TO MOULD. TOBIE BERNS IS SUCH A FRESH AND MOTIVATED, TECHNOLOGY TALENT. HE HAD BEEN WANTING TO WORK AT ROYAL SMIT TRANSFORMERS B.V. FOR SOME TIME, AND SIMPLY REFUSED TO GIVE UP AFTER INITIALLY BEING TURNED AWAY. HE JUST GAVE IT ANOTHER TRY. “I ALWAYS THOUGHT I'D END UP AT A POWER PLANT, AS I'M VERY INTERESTED IN THE EMERGING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND WASTE-INCINERATION PLANTS”. Under the spell of the transformer TALENTED STARTERS “I ALWAYS THOUGHT I WOULD END UP WORKING AT A POWER PLANT“ 23


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