Connect young people to sustainable technical innovations

The professional field of the chemical technology program indicated at the last professional field meeting that the biggest problem is the recruitment of young trained chemical engineers. The training (with a high score according to the Elsevier HBO keuzegids) has been well regarded for years, but it has been a problem for years to get HAVO students enthusiastic about this education. The profession of chemical engineering is also often very unclear.

Chemistry teachers often do not even know about the existence of the education and deans are inundated with an abundance of training and we are a small education that does not stand out. The field of work of the program is faced with a gigantic task because they are almost always involved in all kinds of current sustainable projects such as the energy transition, hydrogen technology, renewable raw materials, water purification, CO2 absorption, nitrogen deposition. These are all very current pressing problems that require a great deal of work. But people who have good technical knowledge and can contribute to this, are difficult to find by these companies because the education has been so small for so long. The education has been struggling with this problem for years. How do we reach young people for these exciting jobs? Is it because of the naming that might be associated with dirty and difficult? The smart solutions semester team is tasked with coming up with a strategic plan on how the program can communicate better with our target group.

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):