Frequently asked questions & answers!

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FAQs

1. General

SAP (or SAP S/4HANA) is an ERP system that supports large and medium-sized companies in their logistics, administrative and financial business processes, and other areas. Nearly 265,000 companies worldwide work with SAP innovations in a variety of industries. SAP is also the name of the company behind the software. The company operates all over the world and is the market leader in enterprise software, with a wide range of solutions for different business processes.

An SAP consultant helps companies optimise their business processes. One example is helping a finance department generate reports faster or making it easier for consumers to use an application. An SAP consultant needs to understand the problems companies are facing. They are able to look at the processes in place in a company, the technology they have and how people deal with them. Then, on that basis, an SAP consultant can turn problems into practical SAP solutions, such as developing an application or advising customers on restructuring processes.

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Functional consultants focus on configuring SAP modules and communicating with users, whereas technical consultants work on the technical design, troubleshooting, and building and customising the interfaces.

This depends on your individual progress, wishes and preferences. Only a small portion of iTrainee’s training is the same for all trainees. At iTrainee, we’ll look at your dream job, the company culture that suits you best, the location, industry and specialization you are interested in. We’ll then have a basis to start searching for a suitable client. You might match with one quickly, or it might take a little longer. But we will work hard to find the right match for you. Once both parties are happy with the match, we’ll sit down with your potential client and draw up a training plan. In the meantime, you will work on specializing in a certain field. How long that journey takes may vary greatly from one trainee to another.

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Our traineeship will provide you with a solid basis for a career in SAP. But that doesn’t mean you’re bound to one software vendor. With the knowledge and skills that you’ll learn during the traineeship and develop afterwards, you’ll have an array of opportunities at your disposal, both in the IT sector and in other sectors.

A good SAP consultant has a basic knowledge of IT, communication skills and the ability to get to the bottom of business problems. With these skills, you as a consultant can bridge the gap between the technical side of SAP and the business processes. If you already have some of these skills, then great! But otherwise, you’ll develop them during the traineeship.

You would need to apply for a specific job, and you would be expected to fill that job more or less straight away. With many companies, you also won’t qualify for an IT role if you don’t have the right background. And you often don’t know in advance whether a certain company suits you well.

With our traineeship, you will first explore the different directions you can take within SAP. You will be well supported, gain valuable knowledge and have time to choose what you want to specialize in. See it as an extension of your Master’s, as you deepen your IT skills. We have more than 13 years of experience in training SAP consultants. If you make it through our selection process, you also know that a career in IT is right for you. We will get to know you and match you with a company that suits your personality, interests and ambitions.

2. Recruitment and Selection (Terms and Conditions of Employment)

iTrainee will pay for your full SAP consultant and specialization training, which will result in an official SAP certificate, and you can go on to obtain various other certificates. In addition, you will receive a monthly training fee of €800, plus a travel allowance. When your training and specialization are completed and you start working with an client, you will receive a good starting salary every month. The level of salary depends on your level of education. If you do well, then you’ll receive rewards now and then.

There is a new intake of up to ten people every four to five weeks. We deliberately keep the groups small to keep the quality of our training high and to give you the best personal guidance we can.

iTrainee has a thorough selection process that looks at substance, personality and motivations. We look for the best in young talent. Each applicant goes through certain major steps. First, we’ll contact you by phone. At this stage, we’re curious to know why you’re interested and whether you already know about SAP. All being well, we’ll then invite you to a presentation about iTrainee and what we can offer you. You’ll then take a skills test, which tells us more about what level you’re at, and you’ll have a discussion with one of our recruiters. Finally, a face-to-face interview with our director and a field manager will follow, where we will discuss your ambitions and interests in detail. At this point, you’ll be given the opportunity to tell us about yourself. What are your talents? What kind of direction is right for you? Based on these components, we’ll see whether you have what it takes to get started in the world of work.

The traineeship is aimed at recent graduates. To qualify for the traineeship, you must have at least completed a Bachelor’s degree. IT knowledge is not a requirement to qualify for the traineeship. We are mainly looking for young, talented people who are intrinsically motivated to work in the field and have the right skills (including social skills) that fit the role of an SAP consultant. Wondering whether you’re up to the job? Take the test!

No, in fact, it’s a good idea to apply while you’re still studying. That way, you can start the traineeship as soon as possible after you graduate. If you want to travel first after you finish studying, then we can work around that… provided you pass the selection procedure, of course. Please do contact us before you graduate, so we can get to know each other and we know you’re interested.

This varies from person to person, but we especially look at whether you are intrinsically motivated to get started in the IT sector. We also look for skills such as loyalty, flexibility, proactive attitude, drive, communication and eagerness to learn.

3. The training program

During the training, you will dive into the world of SAP with some interesting presentations, case studies, business simulations and exercises. In the first few months, you will build up fundamental knowledge of SAP and learn how to apply different practical methods and techniques. Each week, we will discuss a new module, when you will learn all about SAP S/4HANA Foundation, Procure-to-Pay, Order-to-Cash, Finance and Business Intelligence. After that, we will discuss SAP S/4 HANA & Netweaver, SAP ABAP Workbench, SAP ABAP Dictionary and the Engine Core.

Yes! Each week you will tackle a new module, which will conclude with a practical and theory test to track your progress. We will also submit your scores to your future client.

Absolutely! During your training, you will work on your soft skills for a total of seven days, focusing on your personal development. Plus, you will solve challenging cases and learn how to present trends and developments in the field, for example. During this process, you’ll understand more about your role in an organization, discover how others see you and learn how to make the right impression in each interaction.

When it comes to SAP, there are many different directions that you can specialize in. There are functional domains such as finance, BI and logistics, and technical roles such as SAP Developer or SAP Basis Consultant. The direction you take depends on your preferences. The training program is designed to introduce as much of the SAP portfolio to you as possible, so you can make a well-informed choice about the direction you want to specialize in. Sometimes that direction is closely related to what you studied, but it could well be a totally different field.

Yes, of course! Once you complete the training program successfully, you will receive an iTrainee certificate.

Definitely! During your specialization, you have the chance to obtain multiple recognised certificates. These include accredited SAP certifications, as well as certificates for Lean, Agile, Scrum, Prince and/or ITIL, for example. Together with you and your client, we’ll determine which certificates are relevant and where you would like to specialize.

You will be taught by instructors who are well qualified in technical and functional fields, with years of experience in IT and in a variety of industries. In addition, we have a soft skills instructor to help you improve your presentation, application and difficult conversations skills. All our instructors will guide you through your development and specialization, and will always be on hand to help and challenge you.

The program is available entirely in Dutch and English.

All classes are held on site in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.

Full-time. An average training week consists of 40 hours. You’ll spend 2½ days on location in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and 2½ days studying at home.

4. The matching

We will advise you based on your preferences, progress, scores and study background. We’ll look at your dream job, the company culture that suits you best, the location, industry and direction. We’ll then start searching for a suitable client. You might match with one quickly, or it might take a little longer. But we will work hard to find the right match for you. When we find a match, you can introduce yourselves to each other. Once both parties are happy with the match, we’ll sit down with your potential client and draw up a training plan, so you can get off to a great start.

We distinguish between consultancy companies and end customers. Consultancy companies support other companies with advice on their IT environment and implementation and management of SAP products. Examples of consultancy companies are Deloitte, Atos, Ideo and myBrand. End customers manage many SAP products themselves and have their own internal SAP team. These include large organizations such as ASML, Mammoet, Hema, Heineken, Nationale-Nederlanden and Coop.

A great deal! We think it’s important for you to have a good feeling about an client. We always advise you to first get to know an client that we think is a good fit for you. Of course, we look closely at your preferences, personality, skills and background.

It varies from person to person. Once you finish the general training, you’ll start a more specific course. Several factors influence the duration of this process, such as:

  • Your specific preferences and experience during your introduction
  • The direction you want to specialize in Whether you have all the necessary certificates
  • The area/region where you want to work
  • The application procedures for your potential client
  • Economic factors (coronavirus)
  • Holiday periods

Depending on your preferences, you will work on specializing in a particular field. This can involve technical roles such as SAP Developer or SAP Basis Consultant, or functional areas such as HRM, finance or logistics. This specialization process is designed to teach you the tricks of the trade and is different for every trainee. It may even be possible to earn additional certificates in certain jobs.

5. Placement period

This period covers 15 months.

When you start working with an client, we will of course continue to guide you during this intense period. You’ll get a personal coach from iTrainee, and we’ll regularly organise meetings where there is scope for peer-to-peer support. This will be an opportunity to exchange experiences with other trainees and discuss developments in SAP. You always get one or two points of contact with your client. In most cases, there is a coach, alumnus and/or an experienced consultant there to support you. In some cases, you will also be assigned a content supervisor and a personal coach.

Very high. Some 95% of our trainees are offered a permanent job by their client after the traineeship.

This varies between clients. But you’ll never be on your own, that’s for sure. There will always be a team to support you.

For you to roll up your sleeves and get started! The first 15 months will be dedicated to your personal development and learning new things. Thanks to your training, you’ll be of added value straight away, but you’ll also have a lot to learn. Our clients expect you to show your commitment and make progress. Based on the contribution you make, they will then look together with your personal iTrainee coach at whether you are ready for the next step.

There could well be a reason why the match isn’t working out. If that’s the case, then we will talk to your client to find out what the issue is. If the collaboration needs to end early, we will look at getting a new match for you. All we want is for you and your client to be happy with each other. And we’ll do everything to make that happen!

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