Turning traineeship into career opportunity

A traineeship in IT is often the first step to a real job. Wannes and Bram know all about it. After they finished their internship at Providit, they both were offered a job contract. And they gladly accepted!

Wannes Verdonck and Bram Verlinden met at KdG Hogeschool in Antwerp, where they both studied applied IT. Meanwhile, Bram graduated as a professional bachelor in application development. Wannes got his professional bachelor degree in software management. During the final year of their study, Providit accepted them for a traineeship.

“We got to know Providit during a traineeship event at KdG”, says Bram. “We got the chance to talk to one of the company’s managing partners. In just a matter of minutes, we were already talking about potential projects to work on during a traineeship.” Inevitably in the context of Providit, low-code came up during our talk. “We had heard about it at KdG”, Wannes adds, “but hadn’t had any real education about low-code at that point.”


A visual development platform

That changed quite quickly. Following that brief meetup at the traineeship event, Bram and Wannes were both selected as Providit trainees. Their assignment was to build – from scratch – an OutSystems application that consultants can use to plan their working schedules: where they are at what times, when they work at home, when they are at events, etc.

“OutSystems is very much a visual development platform”, Bram explains. “Using Java, for example, it can take quite a while before you actually see the result of what you have been doing. Compared to that, it’s quite impressive how quick OutSystems is. I remember we finished three screens on the first day we started coding at Providit.” And despite the speed, the code always remains clear. “You hardly get lost in the code”, Wannes confirms. “The speed is mainly based on automated code generation – and also on the reuse of code.”


Part of the team

Obviously, Bram and Wannes didn’t start coding on the first day of their traineeship. For three weeks, they followed a crash course in OutSystems. They dedicated their following five weeks to the application development assignment, where they covered the complete development cycle. From analysis and defining requirements, to setting up development sprints, testing, integrating feedback from the business, etc. In five weeks, Bram and Wannes completed their project, within scope and on time.

“In just five weeks it surely wouldn’t have been possible to achieve the same results using a traditional development platform”, Bram admits. “So in a sense, our traineeship triggered us to deepen our OutSystems experience.” During their traineeship, Bram and Wannes learnt more than the raw power of the OutSystems development platform alone. “We also got to know Providit as a company”, Wannes adds. “From the onset, we were more than just ‘the trainees’. We were part of the team, got support from colleagues whenever we needed it and fit right in.”


Job contract

Following the success of their traineeship, Bram and Wannes both got a job contract. On September 1, they start working at Providit as OutSystems developers. After a long and well deserved summer holiday, that is!

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