Netherlands Traineeship Program

General information

The official name of the country is the Kingdom of the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander is the king of the nation.
Holland actually only means the two provinces of Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland. However, the name is often used when all of the Netherlands is meant. Netherlands means low-lying country; the name Holland (from Houtland, or “Wooded Land”) was originally given to one of the medieval cores of what later became the modern state and is still used for 2 of its 12 provinces (Noord-Holland and Zuid-Holland).

The Netherlands is a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarch the kingdom includes its former colonies in the Lesser Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten.
The capital is Amsterdam and the seat of government The Hague.

The main food crops are barley, corn, potatoes, sugar beets, and wheat. Potatoes are the main crop by volume, and in 1999 Dutch farmers produced 8.2 million metric tons of the crop.

The agricultural sector in the Netherlands constitutes around 10 per cent of the Dutch economy and employs more than 660.000 people, 50.000 of which are farmers.

Export destinations

Fruit and vegetables (including potatoes) are the most popular Dutch products in foreign markets, accounting for over 13% of total exports in 2017. Meat and meat products represent nearly 12% of exports, while ornamental plants and dairy products and eggs each account for 10%.

Types of production


Your responsibilities will be sticking, taking care of the growing process, sorting and packing different types of flowers and plants. • Planting - Sorting - Packing - Transporting - Wage


Your main responsibility will be feeding and taking care of the pigs-insemination, castration and other. Normally working hours from 7 am to 16 pm, where you will have 2 brakes during the day


Your main responsibility will be feeding and milking the cows and small calves. All farms are equipped with modern milking systems, that include automatized machines. The program includes 2-3 milkings per day.


Your main responsibility will be feeding, taking care of chickens, collect and sort the eggs. All farms are equipped with modern stables. Working hours are from 7 am to 16 pm with 2 brakes during the day


The Nederlands welcomes students of agricultural universities for on-the-job training in the agricultural sector. Nederlands farms and greenhouse facilities take a leading positions in the global rating by such criteria as the introduction of innovative technologies, ecology and humanity of manufacturing, livestock management quality control, production process, ecology and realisation of output. 



If you are coming to Nederlands for your traineeship, you must have the work permission from your embassy. Bixter will help you. The first step when you are in the Netherlands is to register .

BSN Number

To register in the Netherlands, you first need to obtain you burgerservicenummer, the BSN You can apply for this at your local municipal office

Health Insurance

As being a trainee in Holland requires you to take out a private health insurance: Zorgverzekeringswet (Zvw) – basic insurance, covers common medical care.
All insurance companies offer the same basic package. You need extra insurance if you want coverage for extensive dental treatments, physiotherapy, or anything else the government considers to be your own responsibility; it is in these additional areas that companies compete.
If you are looking for global health insurance, there are also many international insurance companies operating in the Netherlands, including:
Allianz Care
Cigna Global


Once you have your BSN you can apply for a DigiD. This allows you to access government websites, make hospital appointments, or file tax returns.

Bank account

The Netherlands has a diverse banking system that currently consists of 96 national and international banks plus around 140 local cooperative banks.
De Nederlandsche Bank is the country’s national central bank, which also regulates Dutch banking services alongside the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets
Get your bank account without having your BSN (Tax Information Number). Sign up using just your phone and ID, and supply your BSN up to 90 days later. Makes moving between countries easier than ever.


If you’re an employee, tax is deducted from your salary each month. But it still might be worth completing a tax return at the beginning of every year in case you are due a tax refund. If you’re living or working in the Netherlands, you’re usually classed as a resident taxpayer immediately. The Netherlands taxes on assets worldwide. You pay Dutch taxes to the Tax and Customs Administration Board via your employer. Local taxes go to your municipality and to the water board.


In the Netherlands a working week is 40 hours, accumulated into 200 hours a month. A working day lasts app. 8 hours – excluding self-paid breaks. You earn the right to 5 weeks of vacation money per year.

LIFE IN The Netherlands

When you will arrive to the Netherlands, the host-family will meet you at the airport and drive you to the house/apartment and will help you to accommodate there. Depending on the settlement of your brutto allowance from the host family,  the accommodation price is 0-250€ per month. 

Cell phone

When you are coming to The Nederlands for longer period of time, you may choose between a contract (Abonnementen) or a prepaid card.The cheapest option for prepaid card is Lebara. For Abonnementen the biggst brands are Vodaphone or T-mobile.


Holland is a small and densely populated country with an excellent public transport system. Wherever in Holland you want to go, you can get there easily and in comfort by train, bus, tram or ferry.
You can use a single-use chipcard or an OV-chipcard" to travel by train in Holland.


Discount supermarkets that you want to look for are Plus, Aldi or Lidl. They are small, but compact, all selling the most common food items.
If you’re looking for something a little more niche when it comes to your grocery shopping, the Netherlands also has a range of specialty supermarkets.<
Marqt is an Amsterdam-based store, where you should expect to pay a little more for their ethical product line, which includes a great selection of vegan options.
Ekoplaza: The largest chain of ethical supermarkets in the Netherlands, Ekoplaza boats an organic product line.