From graduates to young professionals
boosting their careers from day one at AAK
Meet our past trainees
With a strong technical background in food, Mariana accepted the challenge of being a commercial trainee in Business Development and Marketing. "Be curious and dare to explore new paths, this is how you learn, this is how you grow", she says.
"Regardless if you apply at AAK or not, a trainee program is an amazing way to get to know a company, learn to network and expand your strategic thinking."
"Even though the assignment was very challenging, our team worked together drawing on each other’s strengths and collaborating across several geographies and time zones to complete the project. It was a great learning experience for me, both professionally and personally."
Casper sees AAK's trainee program as an unique opportunity for him to accelerate his professional career in the industry after many years in academia.
“Give your full 100%, ask questions and enjoy the journey.” These are advices from Daan, who joined the AAK Trainee Program in 2012.
"As a trainee, I was a key stakeholder together with my colleagues, collaborating on projects ranging from planning exhibitions, events, regulatory studies, market research, etc., while being a sales apprentice full-time."
"If you want to explore or find best in you, this is the opportunity, just come and grab it", says Monika regarding AAK's trainee program.
Going from a technical education (food technology) into the commercial work-field was a great development area for Margarete Kerfers, trainee in 2016. "A professional challenge that I am very happy for, as it made me grow!"
For Marianne, applying to the Trainee Program felt obvious after having done her Master’s thesis research at AAK in Zaandijk. "It is quite a big company but it still has a family feel to it."
Now a Global Innovation Lead, Plant-based Foods, Javier Gines started out as a trainee at AAK.
"Our Bakery customers are very different; even same product can have different processes to produce for different customers. This has been the biggest challenge for me – to know how the oil and fat impact the various applications."
This is our trainee program
Get on the right track—in a real job. The AAK Trainee Program is designed to give you the best possible start to your career. You will be a part of our future and play an active role from day one.
To kick-start your transition into a young professional, the AAK Trainee Program is a mix of on-the-job learning, individual development activities, and formal training—working a real job.