Chemicals industry is a pioneer in dual learning

The chemistry and life sciences sector has played a pioneering role in the development of dual learning for many years. Dual learning is an innovative and practice-oriented form of education in which an important part of the teaching time takes place on the work floor, under the supervision of a company mentor. This way, students […]

Attracting talent with job events tailored to the sector

With We Are Chemistry in Flanders and the Jobdays in Wallonia, essenscia organises specialised job events to attract more technical and scientific talent to the chemical, plastics and life sciences industry and help companies fill their vacancies. Held since 2011, We are Chemistry is the most important job fair in Flanders for the chemical and […]

CEFOCHIM, a training solution tailored to real life in the field

Located in Seneffe, CEFOCHIM is the Centre of Competence for production trades (manufacturing, quality control laboratory, maintenance,…) in the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. The centre was set up in 2003 by the social partners of the industry, supported by the sectoral training funds brought together within Co-valent. Le Forem joined the project in 2006. […]

essenscia vlaanderen renews chair of Safety Engineering at KU Leuven

Since 2009 essenscia vlaanderen has held a chair in Safety Engineering at KU Leuven. This Master of Safety Engineering is a unique academic and practice-oriented training program that focuses on various safety aspects in the process industry, with an emphasis on chemistry and pharmaceuticals. With this chair, student engineers gain in-depth knowledge of various safety […]

Process Safety Club, sharing best practices

Through the Process Safety Club, essenscia offers companies the opportunity to share experience on issues regarding process safety. The Club organizes half-day meetings three times a year. These moments are also an opportunity for company experts to build a network of specialists. The Process Safety Club is mainly aimed at technical managers within companies (engineering, […]

Process Safety Academy, high-level safety training and specialised courses

With the Process Safety Academy, essenscia invests in high-quality safety training and specialised courses. Since the launch of this initiative, more than 1,000 employees from the industry and trainee engineers have already attended these workshops and courses on process safety, with renowned instructors from Belgium and abroad. Participants not only gain a thorough understanding of […]

Young Talent Lab: young people in dialogue with CEOs on climate and sustainability

More than a hundred young people, from secondary and higher education as well as young employees from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, gathered at the very first Young Talent Lab of essenscia vlaanderen at Technopolis in Mechelen. They entered into a dialogue with each other and with CEOs and managers from sector companies on themes […]

ViTalent, a pioneering training centre for the life sciences industry

ViTalent is the very first specialized training centre for the pharma and biotech industry in Flanders. ViTalent will open at the Wetenschapspark in Niel at the end of 2021 and offers tailor-made courses for job seekers, students and new or experienced employees from the life sciences sector. Employees from pharmaceutical and biotech companies can count […]

Gamification brings Mendeleev’s periodic table to life at Technopolis and PASS

The United Nations declared 2019 the International Year of Mendeleev’s periodic table because this symbol of chemistry celebrates its 150th anniversary. That is why essenscia, together with the sectoral training fund Co-valent, has launched two unique attractions at Technopolis in Mechelen and at PASS in Frameries. These activities use gamification as an educational element to […]

SIRA programme trains a total of 940 youngsters to work for Antwerp’s chemical companies

The SIRA programme was devised by the non-profit organisation ‘Scheikundige Industrie Regio Antwerpen (SIRA)’ in collaboration with social partners (ABVV, BBTK, ACV, LBC-NVK). The project began in 1987 because applicants for jobs with Antwerp’s chemical companies were lacking a qualification which would make them suitable recruits. A typical feature of the chemical industry is the […]