The main goal of the Young Expert Programmes (YEP), consisting of YEP Water, YEP Agrofood, YEP Energy and YEP Tailor-made, is to offer young Dutch and local professionals the opportunity to take their first steps in an international environment. They are employed through Dutch organisations in a number of eligible countries. The programmes aim to rejuvenate the water, agrofood and renewable energy sectors and ensure the continued availability of expertise for these sectors.

The YEP Programmes are carried out jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP), the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.


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New edition of YEP Effect: no. 6!

We are proud to present the 6th edition of YEP Effect!

Preparatory training course

Training of the 21st batch starts on 21 September

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (batch 22):

11 October 2020

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 28 October
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
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Rik de Gorter

Young Expert at Ballast Nedam - Sri Lanka

YEP period 2019 - 2021, batch 16

YEP Role

I work as a supervisor/site engineer for Ballast Nedam International Projects on the Hemmathagama Water Supply Project in Sri Lanka. I focus on the construction of the water treatment plant and the seven water storage reservoirs.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Construction management
  • Intercultural communication and cooperation
  • Result driven
  • Open-minded
  • Decisive


Nationality: Dutch
Education: B Eng in Civil Engineering with water management specialisation (Hogeschool Windesheim)


Experience before YEP

I have been fortunate to work on several civil and infrastructural construction projects in different roles:

  • Othildeviaduct, part of the BAAK Blankenburgverbinding project in Rotterdam as project engineer
  • Aqueduct van Harinxamakanaal, part of the N31 Traverse Harlingen project in Harlingen as supervisor
  • New Botlekbridge, part of the A-lanes A15 project in Rotterdam as supervisor
  • Concrete works, part of the Multi fuel powerplant NUON Magnum project in Eemshaven as site engineer and supervisor

My start in construction was as an intern on the EDF Trunk Road Upgrade and Rehabilitation project in Gambia.

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Monday, May 27, 2019
We have moved
Six months after setting up our temporary office in Colombo, we have now moved to the project area. Here we, Ballast Nedam International Projects and our Sri Lankan partners, will finalise the more