Horticultural students successfully succeed Hoogendoorn training Climate Control

Netherlands: 17 new young professionals with knowledge on horticultural automation

On November 26th, seventeen students from Lentiz | MBO Greenport in The Netherlands, received their certificate at horticultural automation company Hoogendoorn Growth Management in a celebratory way. The Horti Technics & Management college students followed an elective ten-day course on Climate Control at Hoogendoorn. They all have completed the exam with high grades. The CEO’s of MBO Greenport and Hoogendoorn attended the graduation ceremony, affirming the future cooperation.

Henk van der Sar, teacher Horti Techniques and Management is proud of this unique collaboration with Hoogendoorn. "The last 10 week our students participated in lessons at the Hoogendoorn headquarters. There was a pleasant atmosphere and everything was well organized". For the students it was a challenging experience, but they did a good job. “The tough exam was well taken, the lowest score was 7.5 and the highest 9.3," says Van der Sar.

Mentality affects outcome

Hoogendoorn believes it is important to work with Lentiz | MBO Greenport to contribute to the knowledge of future horticultural entrepreneurs. Martin van Gogh, CEO Hoogendoorn, emphasizes the importance of a growth mindset. "It is important that students learn that they can have influence on their own growth and success. A positive use of people, whether students or our own employees, is initially often more important than the result. This attitude has a positive effect on our work and our customer relationships”.

Special relationships

Lentiz | Greenport MBO Naaldwijk trains students close to the practice. Hugo van Tienhoven, CEO of Lentiz | Greenport MBO: "You see a new form of education arise. The lessons take place at the specialist. This way students learn the theory in school, but also at various companies in the horticultural sector. They learn about the latest techniques and know the equipment properly. The cooperation with Hoogendoorn is a good example of this”.

Knowledge of the latest techniques

During the course, students learned how to control the climate in a greenhouse with the Hoogendoorn process computer. In addition, the students worked with the iSii software. By combining technology and knowledge, students are able to work independently and grow crop in a sustainable manner anywhere in the world, regardless the climate. This course therefore increases the chances of finding a job as an international commercial grower. Cooperation with Lentiz | Greenport MBO is the beginning of a new tradition. A great start for a future close cooperation.
Current secondary vocational education

Also, Arie Stolze, the father of one of the students is excited about this initiative. "I work in the industry and this is very good for business in the region. The current education system is truly magnificent. It is much more varied than before, better adapted to labour market and also interesting for the students themselves. My son Marijn is very enthusiastic. He really has a growth mindset”.

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