WAAK director Tim Vannieuwenhuyse was proud to report that after a period of status quo, WAAK has started hiring again in the last few years. No temporary staff for seasonal work or specific assignments but permanent jobs. Despite the long length of service of the average WAAK employee and the resulting outflow of staff through retirement, WAAK is able to grow year after year.
The main focus is on the creation of jobs for people who have a distance from the job market (those with a working disability) but few people realise that WAAK also employs over 400 people in support departments and services.
WAAK is committed to the development of new business, of anchoring through partnerships with local businesses and to export - one third of our turnover is exported to 26 countries). Finding sufficient work volume creates the basis for the systematic and permanent growth of our workforce. The economic and social aspects go hand in hand and reinforce each other.
WAAK faces the same challenges as ‘ordinary’ companies: finding enough technical and social staff. Filling these vacancies with candidates who have the right profile is far from easy. Even in terms of people with a distance from the job market the recruitment database is almost depleted. Of course, in itself this is good news because it means that many people with a working disability are already working at WAAK, for other social enterprises or for ordinary companies. The challenge is to also integrate people with a huge distance from the job market into our company. In this regard WAAK’s commitment goes beyond that of your average social enterprise.