The Boessenkool prize was awarded on Tuesday 2 July, an annual tradition with which machine factory Boessenkool – winner of the Dutch Innovation Prize in 2018 – wants to strongly underline its involvement in technical training in the region and the importance of future metal-technical talent. “After all,” says director Eelco Osse, “companies such as Boessenkool cannot exist without properly trained staff.”
The Boessenkool prize went to a team of four students from the Pius X College in Almelo, namely Lars Meijer, Bernd Koopman, Jesse Eenkhoorn and Jard Meijer. All four have a PIE profile, in the direction of Metal & Electro.
Teacher Jos van Helden of the Pius X College explains the choice of these winners: “These students won the school final of the Vakkanjer Challenges with an assignment for the National Committee 4 and 5 May. The assignment was to create a modern monument with which they give the concept of freedom a new dimension. These students just did not make it to the podium during the national final, but they do deserve all credit for this. Both for the wonderful result and for the fact that during their vacations and after school they worked until late in the evening to make something beautiful out of it. With their efforts, they rightly deserve the Boessenkool prize.”
Mayor Arjen Gerritsen
Because it was the fiftieth edition of the Boessenkool prize, it was awarded by Eelco Osse together with mayor Arjen Gerritsen. Both spoke praises to the students. It also emerged that the prize rewards not only the skills and good grades of the students, but also their social attitude and helpfulness, which is reflected, for example, in helping other students and supervising projects. Overall they performed the best.
Looking for talented employees
The fact that the Boessenkool prize has been awarded for the 50th time this year is special, but also explained by Eelco Osse: “The reason for awarding the prize is a matter of creating a connection, helping each other. On the one hand, the schools and their talented students benefit from making the future perspective visible. On the other hand, it helps the metal & electrical industry, which is constantly looking for talented employees. The latter is actually of all times, because Johan Boessenkool, the then owner of Machinefabriek Boessenkool, was already suffering from staff shortages at the time. For that reason, he already entered into a commitment with the metal training institute in Almelo. This collaboration lasted a long time and my father enthusiastically continued the embrace of the relevant training institutions. In their footsteps, I follow the same line with this fiftieth edition of the Boessenkoolprijs as a beautiful milestone. ”The Boessenkoolprijs therefore has everything to do with motivation, ‘warming up’ students:“ With this prize we show that we are young, potential professionals stimulate to do the important future innovations. And who knows, they might do that
at the Boessenkool machine factory. ”
It is interesting to know what impact the Boessenkool prize has had on former winners. What has the price meant for them? To find out, four of them were interviewed briefly, which was recorded on video. They are Bart Paus (2015), Thomas Heuker (2016), Thomas ter Haar (2017) and Tim Dierink (2018).