Connect young people to sustainable technical innovations

The professional field behind the Chemical Technology programme has signalled that their biggest challenge is the recruitment of young, qualified chemical engineers. The study programme offered at Saxion (with a high score according to the Elsevier HBO keuzegids) has been well regarded for years. Nevertheless, it has also been a problem to get HAVO students interested in this type of education.

The profession of chemical engineering is often very unclear and chemistry teachers in high-school often don’t even know about the existence of this study programme. Next to this, guidance counsellors are often overwhelmed with an abundance of programmes to offer and we are just a small study programme that does not stand out.

On the other hand, the field of work the programme is faced with a gigantic, as people with this specialty 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, etc. These are all very current and pressing problems that require a great deal of work. But people who have good technical knowledge and can contribute to these projects are difficult to find, as not many people choose this study route. The study programme has been struggling with this problem for years.

So, how do we get young people interested in being trained in Chemical Technology so that they can contribute to sustainable solutions that the field of chemical engineering is working on? How can we improve the study programme’s image to create this interest?

Cluster: Education 1

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