Eline Lenselink works at AkzoNobel as Manager of Global HR Systems and Standards and was the first customer to get acquainted with Quintop’s traineeship. For this reason, we thought it would be interesting to share her experiences, one of our trainees interviewed her.
Why did you choose to engage as a trainee from Quintop?
I already knew some Quintoppers and former Quintoppers and I also immediately clicked with Erik Geerts (partner Quintop). Erik told me that Quintop wanted to start with the traineeship and we kept in touch about this. When the program started, I had a project that a trainee could work on and so the first junior consultant started in my team, Jeroen.
In the meantime, three other trainees have started in your team. Why do you enjoy working with these young consultants?
I notice that the trainees from Quintop learn quickly, are widely deployable, proactive, and take initiative. They know how to say ‘no’ but are also flexible and will not shy away from a challenge. The nice thing is that Quintop understands very well what I am looking for. If I describe a person I am looking for, Erik can translate that very well into a suitable candidate. If I look at how these people are deployed and what they do, it also fits very well with the exposure we have as a team. I think that is the good balance I have found with Quintop.
Quintop profiles the trainees as young ambitious starters who can fill various roles and can be deployed in an accessible way. To what extent do you agree with this?
It is good that you get a certain quality mark as a trainee from Quintop and also the specific guidance that comes with it. Quintoppers often work closely on assignments so things need to be delivered and organized quickly. Of course, it is not the case that you can work without any guidance, purely because you are young.
The Junior consultants receive guidance from Quintop. To what extent do you see that?
I certainly find that an advantage. It is very pleasant not always having to spend time and effort explaining things yourself; you know that there is attention for it at Quintop and that the person is being helped. Furthermore, it is also very good that there are certain trainings at Quintop, as well as the mentor that you all have. I think that is very important. I have given feedback a few times, it also helps to be able to speak honestly about functioning, that is very valuable.
What is an example of good cooperation with one of the trainees?
There are many good examples. Jeroen’s project was successful and completed on time and the handover to the permanent employee also went well. Of course with the necessary support and steering, but he also independently takes on tasks and signals when something needs to be picked up. The same applies to Teska; she has contributed a lot to our data quality and data definitions. Moreover, she helped launch the Knowingo app, an app to increase the knowledge of employees in a playful way. She rolled this out almost entirely independently. When you get to work on something, you do what is expected. I don’t have to worry about that. That is something that certainly stands out!
Finally, would you recommend other companies to work with a trainee from Quintop?
Yes, I would definitely do that. I think companies should always include starters and young people in their teams. Especially with Quintop who support you well and your entry level which is a bit higher, I would definitely recommend the collaboration.