VDL Steelweld obtains large orders

Eindhoven-based VDL has received yet more large orders. This time, orders for the Steelweld division representing a total value of over 200 million Euro.

At VDL Steelweld, automated production lines for car factories are developed. The new orders come from customers like Jaguar, Volvo and DAF.

For Jaguar Land Rover, production lines will be developed for several new models, over the next three years. VDL Steelweld will develop production lines for Volvo Cars as well. These will enable electric cars to be built in the existing factory. At DAF Trucks, the production lines will be modernized.

In order to get these jobs done, VDL Steelweld needs dozens of extra employees. There are vacancies in the areas of project management, engineering and control technology.

More than 800 employees currently work at VDL Steelweld’s ten branches. Due to the new orders, VDL will  implement its own training programme. This spring, the programme starts with training robot programmers; though other training-programmes may commence as well.

DAF to employ more refugees and people on benefits.

Saturday, it was announced DAF will employ more refugees and people on social security benefits, over the next few years.

The Eindhoven truck manufacturer and the regional company for social employment Ergon, signed an agreement. The two parties want to employ at least 300 people who face problems finding jobs. In Dutch this is often called “afstand tot de arbeidsmarkt“.

A pilot group of 300 people will be employed at the DAF factory in Geldrop. Fifty of the new employees are to be refugees with a residence status. The rest of the group will consist of people on social security benefits.

Refugees have problems finding jobs, because of insufficiently mastering Dutch. The new project will combine work and language skills. Refugees will follow language lessons on the factory floor.

If results are good, the selected refugees will ultimately have a chance to obtain a regular job at DAF. Many people on social security benefits often face similar problems finding jobs.

At DAF on the Hooge Akker in Geldrop, spare parts for trucks are made and packaged.

Source: Studio 040

Translator: Kate


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