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.


Preparatory training course

Training of the 20th batch starts on 15 June

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

Introduction video YEP

YEP in a nutshell: the introduction video about YEP Programmes is now online.
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

Our Young Experts

Boris Kouassi Kouassi - YEP Agrofood at MDF Training & Consultancy B.V. in Ivory Coast

Click here for an overview of all YEP projects at Akvo RSR

Trinh Thanh Luan

Where is he now? Site Manager at Holland Water Co. Ltd, Vietnam

Young Expert at Vitens Evides International - Vietnam

YEP period 2014 - 2016, batch 3

YEP Role

Civil Engineer of Holland Water Supply Co. Ltd ( Howaco) / Pernam Co. Ltd included: 

  • Execution of design drawings surface and ground water treatment plants and distribution system
  • Preparing Bill of Quantity and other cost estimations
  • Assisting in technical part of tendering
  • Assisting in organization of seminars, exhibitions and training

YEP Assignment Cooperation between Vitens Evides International and Holland Water Company: Business Development.

Click here for more information about my project.



  • Having ability of work independently
  • Being good at team – work
  • Flexible and open minded

Nationality: Vietnamese

  • Graduated from College of Construction Number 2, BA in Water supply and removal, HCM (2007 - 2010)
  • Graduated from Ho Chi Minh University of Technology, BA in Enviroment technology, HCM (2010 - 2012)

Experience before YEP

Holland Water Supply Co.,Ltd / Pernam Co.,Ltd (2012-2014)

Detail design and technical supervition for Heineken project “ CU07 Water Treatment Plant Upgrade - VBL Tien Giang” in beverage and drinking water sector

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Happy New Year
Trinh Thanh Luan YEP G3, Ho Chi Minh city, VIet Nam Next two weeks is Lunar New Year in Viet Nam. I have a short video for my project in Ho Chi Minh City. Interviewer : Adriaan Place: Saigon more

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Learning how to write a good update
A lot things to do, to study, make it more

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