In Belgium, we participate in Youthstart, a global organisation that runs training programmes in entrepreneurship for disadvantaged youngsters who have not completed traditional education.
Another organisation we support is Habbekrats, a Belgian organisation that provides shelter for children from troubled backgrounds who don’t have safe homes to go to after school.
“Vandemoortele has always gone the extra mile to serve our young people and our NGO. We particularly value the competitions hosted by the company with Vandemoortele jury members, as well as the help we received in drafting a communications and marketing plan.” YouthStart
“On the last day of the YouthStart training, my classmates and I were very nervous because of the ‘final test’. This consists of presenting our business plan developed during the YouthStart course to an audience and a business jury. When we heard that Vandemoortele was hosting our competition, we were biting our nails even more, because Vandemoortele is such a big and important company in our country and we were wondering how we would fare among such a professional crowd. But they gave us a huge welcome breakfast in the friendliest atmosphere possible and we forgot our stress and gave a great presentation. The Vandemoortele team members encouraged us all the way. They asked tough questions, which made us think hard. But it was a clear case of ‘tough love’, and you could feel how everybody had one goal in mind: to create a positive atmosphere in which learning is fun and lasting.” YouthStart trainee