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Traineeship Damen Services

Damen Shipyards

Damen Shipyards

Gorinchem, Netherlands
Posted on Monday, June 24, 2024

We offer you an Ocean of Possibilities. Join our family.

About us

Damen Services is the service division within the Damen Group. It conducts all the after-sales activities for the Damen portfolio and has a strong focus on assisting Damen vessel owners in keeping their maritime assets operational. Damen Services has a global coverage of 11 locations worldwide and 330 FTE employed.

Our primary focus is to further enhance the service portfolio on the Damen installed base. Our strategy is therefore focused on further enhancing our (local) capacity and delivering added value to the market by utilizing our knowledge of the vessels and their systems.

We have a strong network and an improving position in the life cycle support chain of the Damen vessels. Our global presence is of strategic importance. We aim to be as closely present to our clients as we possibly can while ensuring that we continue to act as one Damen Services. All our service Hubs are Damen offices and thereby form an integral part of our organization.

The role

Have you (almost) completed your studies and are you looking for a challenging start of your career? The Damen Services Traineeship is your chance to kickstart your career and explore the oceans of opportunities within our dynamic company!

A traineeship at Damen Services 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 get you ready for a future key position at Damen Services, while you discover Damen from several roles across several disciplines. Find out what you like best, challenges you the most and creates the biggest impact for Damen!

You will be working from the head office in Gorinchem (The Netherlands), but will also get the opportunity to work abroad for about six months at one of our locations.

Every year, there are limited spots available for the Damen Services Traineeship and depending on your preference you can start in September or February.

The Damen Services Traineeship is not a "one size fits all". Each Trainee is unique and thus every traineeship is tailored to the talents and developmental challenges of each individual. It is a two-year program and consists of three parts:

  • Moving in: onboarding, get to know the company
  • Moving around: 3 rotations within Damen Services, of which 1 abroad at one of our Hubs
  • Moving on: continue your career in a challenging job

During your traineeship we will focus on developing various key competencies and skills including behavioral flexibility, customer orientation, initiative, teamwork and planning and organizing.

This is a good fit if you like to do the following:

  • Work in a technical, commercial and service oriented environment
  • Help clients in creative solutions for their operation and maintenance of Damen vessels
  • Willing to work abroad for about six months and are flexible;
  • Work with a team, and commit yourself;
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Working within a diverse and international environment;
  • Making plannings and organize things.

We ask our future Trainee to come prepared with the following:

  • You are fluent in English. Both verbal and written. Command of the Dutch language or other languages is a plus, but not a must;
  • You are a recent graduate or have up to 2-3 years of work experience;
  • You completed or are about to complete a relevant bachelor (mbo; post-secondary vocational education or hbo; bachelor) in maritime and/or technical education;
  • You have great communication skills, you are customer-oriented, you are keen to take initiative and you have the Services mentality;
  • You always keep a good overview and you have an eye for quality.

What we offer

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 challenging traineeship;
  • Competitive salary;
  • At least 40 days of annual leave;
  • Several trainings offered by our Damen Academy;
  • A mentor and manager (personal development and trusted advisor);
  • A diverse program with rotations across disciplines including a rotation abroad (Service line, Commercial and Operations);
  • Interesting and fun extra’s (knowledge sessions/trainee diner etc.);
  • Contact with peers in Young Damen;
  • An organization where fun and friendship is part of our daily business.

What does the traineeship bring you?

At the end of these two years, you will have:

  • Developed insight into your talents and qualities;
  • Discovered the wonderful world of shipbuilding;
  • Boosted your skills;
  • Gained the insights needed to initiate and implement change;
  • Made an impact with who you are and what you do.

And last but not least...have you found the job that makes you happy!


I’m enthusiastic about the Damen Services Traineeship! How do I apply?

You can apply online via the application button. After an initial CV selection, potential candidates will be invited for a first job interview. This pre-screening process is followed by an online assessment. The final selection is a pitch in which you introduce yourself and do a case study.


Feel free to contact our Recruiter Ankie van Hees.



Ankie van Hees