Congratulations to Wellant students Willem Stougie & Jochem Molenaar (Gardening and Landscaping), Debby de Boer (Animal Care), and Arjan Mulder (Dairy Farming)! They all won gold in the finals of Skills Heroes, the Dutch championship for vocational education. Wellant student Fleur Mouwens (Equine Sports and Management, silver), and Thomas Verweij & Teun Lemmers (Gardening and Landscaping, bronze) also reached the podium. Very proud of their great achievements!
The gold medal for Arjan Mulder is a prolongation of Wellant's successful full-time course dairy farming. Last year Wellant student Martijn Verburg became Dutch champion. His fellow student Joost Versluis won bronze in 2017.
Apparently this was an inspiration for other courses as well. This year not one but two student teams Gardening and Landscaping won a medal, as well as Equine student Fleur Mouwen, and Animal Care student Debby de Boer.
About Skills Heroes
Skills Heroes is the largest professional competition in the Netherlands.The annual event takes places in collaboration with education, industry and local authorities.
On March 15-17, 2018 over 650 talented secundary vocational students competed in 59 finals at the national championships for the title 'best Dutch young professional (team) 2018'.
The winning students have qualified for participation in EuroSkills 2018, the European Championships for professions. This European Championship will take place in Budapest at the end of September.
The power of Skills
With professional competitions for VET students, youths can discover their passion for a profession, their talent and (budding) craftsmanship. This fits within the policy of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, which aims to stimulate talent development, excellence and skills in vocational education and training. The craftsmanship of young professionals is indispensable for our society. Professional competitions are an instrument of industry and education to stimulate future talent and craftsmanship and further promote vocational education.