For the 11th year in a row, MCC Verstraete is welcoming students from VTI Brugge to its premises. During this edition of 'workplace learning', 7 motivated students are immersed in the day-to-day operations of our printing department.
Workplace learning aims to give students insight into what the real world is like on the job market. To make the experience as truthful as possible, workplace learning starts with applying for a job. The HR colleagues expect each student to submit a cover letter and invite them to a job interview. A good exercise for the future!
The program of the workplace students is spread over 5 days. First on the agenda are introductions to the company, safety and prevention, and our prepress department. Then it gets more practical: the students get an insight into the various tasks associated with the printing process and a look at the ink lab. Of course, a visit to the print shop is essential: the functioning of the printing press is explained from needle to thread and the students have the opportunity to walk along with our printers. They are shown how printing is followed up, how quality is monitored, and of course there is plenty of room for questions.
The workplace learning is concluded with a visit to our innovation center where they see how a printed label is finally injected into a package.
Icing on the cake
"Schools are an important partner in our recruitment policy, among other things. But that is not the only reason why we are committed to workplace learning; we also really enjoy showing how things work on a daily basis in a company like ours, and sharing knowledge and experience. If we can use this to get students excited about a job as a printer, then that's the icing on the cake," echoes HR Manager Liesbeth De Croock.