Various parties are investigating the possibility of building a training factory in Rotterdam
Scaffolding builders and technicians can practice their skills at great heights. For this purpose, a number of steel structures of thirty to forty meters high will be erected on the RDM Campus in Heijplaat.
In the training factory, the first in the Netherlands, employees are trained for the process industry, including the chemical industry. It concerns thousands of people every year.
Employees in the insulation, assembly and industrial cleaning sector can also go there. The construction of the ‘factory’ takes place in phases. Construction costs can amount to around seven million euros.
Deltalinqs, the interest group of Rotterdam port companies, is coordinating the initiative. The municipality of Rotterdam, the port authority and educational organizations are also participating in the project.
Three so-called distillation columns from the chemical industry will be installed on the Heijplaat. These are monuments of meters-long horizontal and vertical pipes and tubes, in which the chemical separation process takes place.
Deltalinqs director Cees Jan Asselbergs says the factory is part of a broader plan to train and educate people in jobs at port companies. The vocational training of the Shipping and Transport College (STC) in Brielle also fits in with that plan. This is fully equipped to train and educate people in process technology.