“Never a boring day!” - Business development in Zambia

Our Young Expert Bram de Vries is a Young Expert, who is working as a Business Developer of VDS A'campo/Holland Greentech in Zambia. Bram has written a blog about his activities and his life as Young Expert!

Changes in YEP team members

As from April 1st, there will be some changes in the YEP-team.

Applying knowledge from YEP trainings in your daily work!

Nice interview with our Dutch Young Expert Bram de Vries about applying siklls, learned during the YEP trainings, in his daily work!

YEP mentor's day

On February 15th, the YEP mentor's day was organised at Mott MacDonald, where all mentors of new Young Experts met and were introduced to their new tasks as a YEP mentor.

Launched: YEP Effect 3

New release: YEP Effect no. 3 has been published!

Candidates: apply for YEP positions

New YEP positions will be available on 15 May

Organisations: deadline project submission

Deadline for submitting project proposals by organisations (15th batch):

1 May 2018

Preparatory training course

Training of the 14th batch starts on 12 March 2018
Every year we subsidise the placement of 72 young professionals
Check the latest results of YEP in our annual report

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Selection process

Dutch Young Expert

Step 1
Submit CV; either for a position, or an open application
The first trajectory of the selection process starts when you submit your CV through our website. You can submit your CV to apply for positions, which are posted on the YEP website three times a year. It is also possible to submit an open application; the initial procedure is the same for both.
Step 2
YEP programme bureau assesses submitted CVs
The YEP Programme bureau will assess the submitted CVs based on the selection criteria, which can be found in the guidelines. The most suitable candidates will be invited for the next step.
Step 3
Speed dating session
After the initial assessment the YEP Programme Bureau hosts a speed dating session with approved candidates, where you will be individually assessed on your knowledge, motivation, communication skills and other topics through a series of short interviews. After this session you will receive feedback and the programme bureau decides whether you will be added to the pool of potential candidates, matched with a proposal, or rejected.
Step 4
Potential Young Experts are suggested to the organisations
After the speed dating session, the YEP Bureau matches potential Young Experts with project positions.
Step 5
Organisations choose the best suitable candidate
Usually multiple potential Young Experts are suggested for a position, and the organisation will choose the best suitable candidate. They usually conduct additional interviews in order to choose.
Step 6
You are included in a pool of potential Young Experts
If you have passed the speed dating session, but could not be matched with a project, or if the organisation chose another Young Expert, you will usually be added to the pool of potential Young Experts. This means that you do not have to pass the selection process again, and you will receive the new positions before they are posted online. The YEP Bureau may use this pool to match projects with potential Young Experts, but you should always re-apply for specific positions. It is important to note that the Programme bureau cannot guarantee a position in the YEP Programmes once you are included in the candidate pool: this depends on the projects available and whether they fit your profile and preferences.


Dutch Young Experts: It is also possible to be suggested for a project as a preferred candidate. In this case, you first pass the selection process of the Dutch organisation, after which you will be assessed by the YEP Bureau.



Local Young Expert

Step 1
Approach/be approached by a Dutch organisation to create a YEP position
Recruitment of local Young Expert candidates occurs initially through the selection process of the organisation submitting the application. You should therefore approach Dutch organisations to employ you, or be approached by a Dutch organisation. A list of Dutch organisations is available at the Dutch embassy in your country.
Step 2
Complete the selection process of the Dutch employer
The Dutch organisation has its own selection process through which they select their preferred candidate. For more information, please ask the organisation for more information on the process.
Step 3
YEP programme bureau assesses the project
If you have passed the selection process of the organisation, they will submit the project and include your CV + Motivation letter for the YEP position. The Programme Bureau assesses the submitted project on the criteria first.
Step 4
YEP programme bureau assesses your CV and motivation letter
After the project is accepted, the YEP programme bureau assesses your CV and motivation letter using the criteria in order to determine whether you match all of the criteria. You can take the selftest and check our criteria to make sure you are eligible to apply.
Step 5
Skype interview
Finally, the YEP Programme bureau will schedule a Skype call with you to ensure you are a suitable candidate.