Damen General Traineeship: Growing a better YOU together!

Every year, there are limited spots available for the Damen General Traineeship with potential start dates being 1st of March or September. A traineeship at Damen is an excellent way to start a challenging and exciting career within the Damen Shipyards Group. During the course of this two-year journey you will explore your own potential and further identify your talents.

We will support both your professional and personal development in order to prepare you for a future leadership position at Damen, while you discover Damen by performing in three interesting projects and roles at different Damen locations. Find out what you like best, challenges you the most and creates the biggest impact for Damen!


The Damen traineeship is not a 'one size fits all' program. Each trainee is unique and thus every traineeship is tailored to the talents and developmental needs of each individual. The two-year program consists of three phases:

  1. Moving in: 9 months (incl. 4-6 weeks of production work) which are about you getting to know the Damen organization while exploring a relevant field or discipline.
  2. Moving around: 6 months to literally expand your horizon within Damen. Based on your talent profile and your personal preferences you will take up a six months project in one of our shipyards abroad that will fit your development and our organizational goals.
  3. Moving on: 9 months in which you explore an additional discipline and you will get the opportunity to participate in the Damen Leadership Development program* where you will be challenged to enhance your personal leadership skills.

During your traineeship we will focus on developing various key competencies and skills including decisiveness, initiating improvement, taking ownership and planning & organizing. These competencies and skills are derived from the Damen Leadership Profile.

*depending on start date of DLD course.


To be eligible for the traineeship, you have to fit the following profile:

  • You completed or are about to complete a technical academic education (MSc) for example in Marine Technology, Offshore & Dredging or Mechanical Engineering;
  • You are entrepreneurial;
  • You are a team-player;
  • You are committed and driven;
  • You are open-minded;
  • You are willing to work in a diverse and international environment;
  • You are flexible and willing to work abroad;
  • You have an excellent proficiency in both the Dutch and English language.

Do all these things apply to you? Then we are looking forward to meet you!


We will give you the full support needed in the course of your traineeship, and an interesting and fun experience to start you career with, by offering you:

  • A customized traineeship
  • Competitive salary
  • 40 days of annual leave
  • Participation in our Damen Leadership Development program and other training opportunities
  • A coach (personal development) and mentor (trusted advisor)
  • Three different roles and working environments to experience (one of which is abroad)
  • Interesting and fun extra’s (quarterly knowledge sessions/trainee weekend, etc.)
  • Contact with peers in Young Damen


Check the vacancy!

5 steps to your new career

CV & motivation
The first step of the application process is to submit your cv and motivation via the traineeship vacancy. Our campus recruiter will contact you as soon as possible.
By having multiple interviews with HR and business colleagues we provide you a better understanding of our company and we can see if you will fit to our company culture.
Invite for online assessment
The next step is an online assessment. This is the perfect way to get to know yourself! Besides we get better insight in your capabilities and personalities.
Pitch for Trainee Board
The final step is a live pitch. Here you can convince our Trainee Board why YOU are the right trainee for Damen.
Welcome on board


After successfully completing the traineeship, including a positive advice from your mentor, you will continue in a challenging job within the Damen Shipyards Group. The coach and mentor will assist you in finding the best suitable role, depending on your connections, ambitions, expertise and skills gained during the traineeship.


Feel free to contact Lisa Weggemans, Campus Recruiter at Damen Shipyards Group, at any time if you have any questions about the Damen Traineeship: +31 183 65 4935.