Solvay competition encourages young people to take up scientific careers

Every year, the chemical company Solvay, together with BeWise and other partners, organises a competition for 5th and 6th year secondary pupils. This event, “Girls Leading in Science”, aims to encourage young girls and boys to embark on scientific or technical studies. Any student interested in science can submit a team project related to a […]

Increasing aptaskil’s training capacity

The Competence Centre for Chemistry, Biopharmacy and Biotechnology is expanding, evolving, and taking on a new identity. Cefochim, which has become aptaskil, inaugurated the first phase of its expansion work in October 2021. Located in Seneffe, it now has a second complex of clean rooms (GMP manufacturing areas) and additional practical biopharmaceutical training areas such […]

A masterplan to meet the triple challenge of talent

How can we strengthen Wallonia’s position as a leader in the chemical and life sciences sector at European and world level? Through talent! The sector faces three challenges in this area: growth, demographics, and technologies. In 2019, essenscia wallonie launched a talent masterplan to help sector companies rise to these challenges. Growth In 2020, the […]

Learning through dual learning

The chemical and life sciences sector has been encouraging the development of dual learning for the past ten years. This is an innovative form of education that combines theoretical courses at school with practical training in companies. This apprenticeship method complements the traditional educational training offer, which is struggling to attract new talent among young […]

Discover your future job to change the world with Sciences Adventure

Connecting young people with the fascinating world of science and industry. This is what Sciences Adventure aims to do. It is an awareness-raising project through aptaskil (formerly Cefochim), the competence centre for chemical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnological production. Through a variety of activities for primary, secondary and higher education pupils and students, Sciences Adventure encourages young […]

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 […]

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

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 Sparkoh! (formerly Pass) in Frameries. These activities use gamification as an educational […]