'NHTV students just give that little bit extra’

Anik van Bellegem, former general manager of Bierbrouwerij De Koninck: ‘In 2015 we opened a brand-new visitor centre and an event venue. With more than 85,000 visitors and 200 business-to-business events within 1 year, it did not take long for both the centre and the events to become a huge success.

Part of this success is thanks to all the students of the Academy for Leisure who did their work placement here. From Ilse and Danique who supervised the start-up phase, to Iris, Muriel, Lisa, Caithlyn, Bram and Camille, who are now supporting our small team in event planning, brainstorming sessions, contacts with stakeholders, and concept and product development.

What’s so interesting about students of the Academy for Leisure is that they have a very high educational level and that they stay with us for 7 months. We genuinely regard them as full team members. They just give that little bit extra. We really hope that they learn a lot here, because you can get as much out of your work placement as you’d like to yourself.’