As a company, we are always looking for motivated, enthusiastic people to join our teams. We are affiliated with “get started quickly”, which is a platform that graduates from MBO (secundairy vocational education) and HBO (higher professional education) can register. Quick start builds a bridge between those who are looking for a new job and employers; we think this is a great platform where young people who are struggling to find a job and don’t know where to look.
On the site of “quick start” there is a super nice video of Vincent who has been working for our company for about 4 years with great enthusiasm. Well done, Vincent!
Surprising innovations in tropical house plants
“In recent years, about five people have been added each time,” says production manager Thomas van Emmerik, “that growth will continue for a while.” Thomas is responsible for all personnel matters and enthusiastically answers the question: “can I have some fun here too?”
Of course, it is nice here. But above all it is also varied work. We have 9 hectares of indoor plants under glass here. That is about 7 million plants of thirty different species on an annual basis. We supply these in all shapes and sizes to a variety of customers. That is what you say a complex logistical puzzle. ” All in all, more than 80 employees are working on this.
Innovative with indoor plants
The third generation of the family business gives a big twist to the concept of “houseplant”. They try out new shapes and pots in the Concept Store. “Here you can see how we innovate. For the past two years or so, we have gone completely crazy with plants in glass. That works really well with costumers. For example, we also put a lot of plants without soil in a glass jar and that looks beautiful.”
Grote variatie maakt gevarieerd werk
“Wij krijgen wel eens schoolklassen over de vloer. Het is heel mooi om te zien hoe verrast die scholieren dan zijn.” Bij VDE is het echt een kunst om veel variatie van planten te kweken. “Dat maakt het werk ook extra leuk, want je bent telkens met iets anders bezig. Dat is ook aantrekkelijk voor door groeiers. Alles draait natuurlijk om planten, maar er is werk in de teelt, en techniek, bij de productie, in logistiek en in verkoop.”
Great variation makes varied work
“Sometimes we get visited by school classes. It is very nice to see how surprised those students are.” At VDE it is really an art to grow a lot of variety of plants. “That also makes the work extra fun, because you are always working on something different. That is also attractive for growers. Everything revolves around plants, of course, but there is work in cultivation and technology, in production, logistics and sales.”
Big company, but few bosses
“It is a ‘flat’ organization. Two men and one woman run the company, then you have four production managers and then all other employees. ” That way, VDE plant “keeps running” and you can easily switch between jobs. “Very different from the smaller growers, where everyone has a permanent place. And if you have good ideas about the work, we will pick them up quickly. We think it’s important to try out new things. ”
Prefer to be permanently employed
Thomas also likes a different kind of variety: “I have colleagues from all kinds of countries, ranging from a biologist from Italy to employees from Iceland.” That Italian is crazy about tropical plants and came to the Netherlands especially for that. “It is in line with our high-quality standard to keep employees committed to us.”
Vincent Verjaal – Production employee
My name is Vincent, 19 years old and I work at VDE plant. What makes working here so enjoyable is that the atmosphere is fantastic, you are paid well and it is flexible work. We grow different plants in different sizes here. We start with a cutting, which grows into a larger plant that we later process into a product; for example, a plant in glass with water. Would you like to work with plants in this set-up, please contact us! And those permanent employees with their varied backgrounds influence the way the company works. “This is how we ensure that we stay ahead of our range.”
“Of course, it is nice here. But above all it is also varied work, ” stated by both Thomas and Vincent
This is what we stand for:
- Employees: over 80
- Professional field: grower of indoor plants
- Field of work: sales throughout Europe
- Vacancies: cultivation workers, MBO 3 and 4