Kim Karotki

Sup­por­ting young people

Oppor­tu­nities for sharing with the ‘Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um’ scho­l­ar­s­hip programme

Sin­ce Klasmann-Deilmann star­ted sup­por­ting the ‘Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um’ scho­l­ar­s­hip pro­gram­me, it has pro­ved to be a real bles­sing for the firm. The com­mit­ted stu­dents share with us what real­ly moves them, and we can sup­port them in their pro­jects with our know-how. Our cur­rent scho­l­ar­s­hip hol­der Mario Ver­beek recent­ly visi­ted the company.

In 2014, Klasmann-Deilmann star­ted coope­ra­ting with Osna­brück Uni­ver­si­ty of App­lied Sci­en­ces as an oppor­tu­ni­ty for con­ti­nued clo­se exchan­ge with the stu­dents. Sin­ce then, we have also been sup­por­ting the ‘Deutsch­land­sti­pen­di­um’ scho­l­ar­s­hip pro­gram­me. Mario Ver­beek is now our fourth scho­l­ar­s­hip hol­der in the pro­gram­me and came to visit us at com­pa­ny head­quar­ters in Geeste.

The trai­ned hor­ti­cul­turist is in the fourth semes­ter of his degree in indus­tri­al engi­nee­ring for agri­cul­tu­ral and hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­nes­ses. He is cur­r­ent­ly working on his Bachelor’s the­sis, which loo­ks at ver­ti­cal far­ming. This pionee­ring approach for the food indus­try is cur­r­ent­ly the sub­ject of inten­si­ve dis­cus­sions in the hor­ti­cul­tu­ral sector.

While visi­t­ing the com­pa­ny, Mario met other con­ta­cts from various dif­fe­rent busi­ness units. As well as loo­king at our pro­duc­tion acti­vi­ties in Gees­te, he was shown around our new expe­ri­men­tal green­house by Flo­ri­an Hens­mann (Head of the Green­house) and also beca­me more fami­li­ar with our Human Resour­ces department.

Mario Verbeek’s father runs a hor­ti­cul­tu­ral busi­ness in the Lower Rhi­ne regi­on. He had alrea­dy heard about Klasmann-Deilmann befo­re the scho­l­ar­s­hip pro­gram­me put him in con­ta­ct with us. “When you’re invol­ved in the branch, the com­pa­ny is natu­ral­ly a known enti­ty”, he says. “Even tho­se who don’t have much prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence will come across the name Klasmann-Deilmann at the latest during their hor­ti­cul­tu­ral cour­se in Osna­bück. We use Klasmann-Deilmann substrates for examp­le in our expe­ri­men­tal green­houses”, he continues.

Mario-Ver­beek has alrea­dy deci­ded to con­ti­nue his stu­dies with a Master’s degree, after which he could well ima­gi­ne a future with our com­pa­ny. “I’m glad I’ve taken this step. It is good to have direct con­ta­ct with the experts and also to have some idea of whe­re I could look for employ­ment after com­ple­ting my stu­dies”, says Mario Veer­beek. “Let me cer­tain­ly con­firm that”, adds Dirk Sajo­go (Direc­tor Human Resources/Legal). “We keep on encoun­te­ring inte­res­ting peop­le in the cour­se of our work, and we like to offer the scho­l­ar­s­hip hol­ders sup­port and encou­ra­ge­ment. All the bet­ter if this leads to an employ­ment ope­ning for them in the end.”