Companies

So many STEM vacancies, so few candidates... We are doing something about that!

We inspire young people for studies in a STEM field, and we introduce them to companies that employ STEM graduates.

The Greenpower Challenge

Together with companies, we offer a unique challenge to class groups and college students. And we do so through a realistic, playful and competitive project, the Greenpower Challenge: designing, building and "racing" an electric single-seater car.

Young people more readily choose careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths if they know which companies they can work in, what exciting jobs there are, what enthusiastic colleagues they will meet there, how fun and challenging it can be.

But so they often don't know that.

It gives students a different perspective and introduces them to the industry. It is extremely important for students to see what the world of work and industry has to offer and it helps them form a picture of career opportunities. This is crucial and the broader the experience students gain, the better informed they will be.

Neil Griffiths, Greenpower mentor and Divisional Director for Logistics, Arco

Employer branding: that's what companies should do

At the right time, with the right students. For example, in the schools where your current employees also studied. And with students who - within a few months or years - will apply for jobs in your region or company.

Because by now they know your company. They have discovered that working there is interesting, exciting, challenging, meaningful. That the atmosphere is good. That they will grasp projects at your company and bring them to a successful conclusion. Or analyse and solve a difficult technical issue. Or organise, plan and cooperate to achieve concrete results.

As in their Greenpower-time when, at school or college, they learned about your company.

Because you came to help. You were there at the games to support them, with their parents, their friends and the neighbourhood. And you made it financially possible for them to build and participate ... and win.

Partnership between companies and (high) schools

Compared to other European countries, Belgium scores poorly in terms of the number of graduates in STEM subjects. In this, young people indicate that they know too little about what STEM studies entail and what the later opportunities are. And they feel insufficiently prepared for their professional future.

That is why we created the non-profit association Greenpower Benelux Challenge launched.

We operate under licence from the Greenpower Education Trust. It started 22 years ago in the UK and now has almost 2,000 participating teams in 10 countries.

We support teachers to offer a hands-on exercise. In a serious project, but with a playful angle. Competitive, but in complete safety. And connected to different aspects of the curriculum.

Working together on construction; team planning for competitions; fundraising to run the team - all this guarantees a rich, engaging experience. And a realistic introduction to a professional career.

From school to the corporate world

By bringing potential talent and companies together around the Greenpower Challenge, we can:

  • improve the flow to the workplace as we increase the skills of future applicants,
  • tackle the difficult search and "war for talent" as we connect companies with potential employees at an early stage,
  • set an inspiring example as we offer a real-life engineering experience,
  • demonstrate that companies are socially responsible businesses: they support the local community and they work on the wider issue of skills shortages.

The companies and organisations that support us share this conviction.

Greenpower is not just about technique. My positive experience of the contest, though mechanical and scientifically interesting, was shaped by the personal values the contest promotes and develops in all its participants.

Emily Marchant (English undergraduate and former student at Skipton High School)

Prizes and sponsorships

As a non-profit organisation, Greenpower Benelux relies on considerable cooperation from companies, investors, individuals, ambassadors and volunteers, who contribute in time and/or resources. This is because we all believe in a common vision to inspire young people around STEM careers.

As a company, you can participate in the Greenpower Challenge in different ways:

 

National sponsor

For companies that want to gain visibility among STEM talents and broadly support the Greenpower initiative
Price on request
  • National visibility on all events and promotional material
  • Visibility on our website
  • Access to all events and special networking activities

event sponsor

For companies or individuals wishing to support the organisation of events and competitions and gain local visibility
from 7500 per event
  • Local visibility at the event of your choice
  • Visibility on our website and on event promotional material
  • Access to all events and special networking activities

Team sponsor

For companies or individuals wishing to support a team of their choice in purchasing a car kit and participating in the races
from 5000 per annum
  • Permanent sponsor of a team
  • Visibility on team car and equipment
  • Access to all events and networking with the team and the school
Individual participation
For anyone who wants to participate in this adventure and be part of the Greenpower project to support at all levels
from 50 per annum
  • x part certificates from the Greenpower F24 team*
  • Access to races

As a non-profit organisation, Greenpower Benelux relies on considerable cooperation from companies, investors, individuals, ambassadors and volunteers, who contribute in time and/or resources. This is because we all believe in a common vision to inspire young people around STEM careers.

As a company, you can participate in the Greenpower Challenge in different ways: