How do you envision the world in 10, 30 or 50 years’ time? As a trainee at TNO, you’ll work on the future of both yourself and society. Alongside fellow trainees, you lay the foundation for your further development within a challenging R&D environment.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?
Using cryptography to exchange information without sharing sensitive data and securely encrypting financial transactions using quantum mechanics. Using AI to predict the behaviour of fugitives. Developing a social robot that gives playful support to children with diabetes. Testing innovative energy concepts so that we can charge our devices in a more sustainable manner. Can you envision it? These are just a few of the topical themes on which you can get to work at TNO (check out our website to see what else is possible). The TNO Trainee Programme is an amazing opportunity to get a taste of the different domains and roles that interest you and discover what suits you best.
What does the TNO Trainee Programme entail? In short: you will work for a maximum of two years in various roles – such as researcher, consultant, project leader or as an entrepreneur in (the preparation of) a TNO spin-off – on challenging assignments within three departments. You will change departments every eight months. The specific departments depend on your interests, educational background and the available slots for trainees.
You will work five days a week during the Trainee Programme. A working week consists of the following three components:
During the Trainee Programme, you will gain a better understanding of your talents and strengths, and will be able to visualise your next step at TNO. You will then be ready to choose a role in which both you and TNO can benefit from your talents. The programme has been around for ten years and aims to accelerate the development of trainees towards key positions in the organisation. Take a look at how Mathieu now works as Energy & Sustainability programme manager in the Corporate Real Estate & Facilities department following his Trainee Programme. Who knows, you might follow in his footsteps!
WHAT DO WE REQUIRE OF YOU?
Being able to set your own path in a large organisation like TNO is a great opportunity, but also requires certain personal responsibilities. The ideal TNO trainee has the following qualities:
You also meet the following four criteria:
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT OF YOUR WORK SITUATION?
At TNO, we innovate for healthier, safer and more sustainable living, and for a strong economy. Since 1932, we’ve been developing knowledge and technology for the common good. We connect with one another through our sense of wonder and ingenuity and are passionate about pushing boundaries. There’s plenty of room and support for your talents and ambitions. You will work alongside people who are a good match with you, who inspire you and who want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to help you realise your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes all the difference and every innovation you make contributes to tomorrow’s way of life.
As a trainee, you will be part of the trainee group that consists of about 22 (international) trainees. This group serves as a sounding board, sparring partner and source of knowledge and experience which is of great value to your Trainee Programme.
WHAT CAN TNO OFFER YOU?
First and foremost: challenging and varied work. Not to mention plenty of opportunities as you are largely in control of your own career at TNO. In addition to a gross monthly salary of between €2,950 and €3,400 (depending on your knowledge and experience), holiday pay and a thirteenth month, you will be given every opportunity to develop yourself. Maybe you want to progress into a project manager role, immerse yourself more in business development or make a career as a consultant for customers. At TNO, you can also put together a ‘menu’ of employment terms and conditions that suit your personal situation. You can also expect: