There are various different kinds of work that need doing at Van den Elzen Plants. Most of the work is done in our production hall and involves grading, making cuttings, and packing plants. Other activities include planting young plants, weeding the fields, and laying out the runners of strawberry plants.
Working at Van den Elzen Plants can be tiring, but it is fun and gives a lot of satisfaction. Most of the time you work as part of a team and thus you get to know lots of people. Flexibility in respect of the working hours is required because we often have to do a lot of work in a short period. This means that you will sometimes have to work long days.
Since the work is physically challenging, we are looking for people who are healthy and who are able and willing to work hard. Currently the majority of our foreign workers are female because most of the grading and planting work is done by women.
If you come to work with us, it is always a good idea to let us know if you have any particular certificates, diplomas and/or skills, have taken certain training courses, or speak any other languages. This will enable us to try and give you work that matches your skills and knowledge as closely as possible. For example, it is definitely worth mentioning if you have a driving licence or prior experience in horticulture. However, we will often not be able to tell you in advance exactly which work you will be given to do.
Working hours and salary
We ask for a flexible attitude in respect of your working hours. We would like to be able to tell you a week before you have to start on what day exactly you will be starting, but that is often not possible for us because of the nature of our work. The end date cannot always be fixed in advance either.
We work 6 days a week, usually from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. This includes a 1-hour break, i.e. we work for 10 hours a day. This may vary depending on the weather conditions and other circumstances.
Your salary will be paid once a month. The payslip will be sent to your email address. You will receive an end-of-year certificate at the end of the calendar year. If you provide us with a valid IBAN account number in order for us to transfer your salary, we will ensure prompt payment.
During the time you work with Van den Elzen Plants, we will take out healthcare insurance for you with Hollandzorg. The cost of this insurance is approx. €2.75 a day. We withhold this insurance premium from every employee’s salary for their own health and safety.
Training and development
The quality of your work and your speed of working are important if you come to work at Van den Elzen Plants. An experienced colleague will introduce you to the work when you start working and, if anything is not clear, you can always ask more experienced colleagues.
Whenever there are any possibilities of promoting people to better positions, we look to those people who have demonstrated that they like their work, are enthusiastic, and can communicate well. Of course, the quality of your work is very important as well. We do our best to make sure that the work is tailored to your own experience and to what you would like to learn, but this is not always possible.