Responding to the Tight Labour Market | Approaches from different perspectives

January 19, 2023

During this session, Hilde Maes, HR Director Workforce of the Future Management at KBC, will elaborate on the must-win battles regarding workforce challenges. Hilde will share what KBC has to offer in relation to recruitment and the importance of learning & development for exploring the full potential of employees. Projects like the talent platform of KBC and the progression conversations, rather than evaluation talks, are crucial in the HR vision of the organisation.

Subsequently, Harold Vreeburg, HR Director at Croonwolter&dros, will dive deeper into the tight labour market of the engineering and construction industry. In response to the labour shortage, the industry actively promotes technical education and develops innovative solutions that reduce human labour. In addition, Harold would like to discuss the role of the government in this issue.

  • Small scaled peer session
  • Open dialogue by means of the Chatham House Rule

Harold Vreeburg, Croonwolter&dros

Hilde Maes, KBC

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Harold Vreeburg

Directeur HR

Harold Vreeburg is working at Croonwolter&dros since 2014. Croonwolter&dros is the largest company in the Netherlands specialised in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, automation, and computerisation. Harold has HR experience in both (aerospace) industry and professional services at multiple large organisations. He has a strong focus on cultural change, talent management and development. At Croonwolter&dros, he strives to further improve motivation, collaboration and performance.


Hilde Maes

HR Director Workforce of the Future Management

Hilde Maes is a Flemish HR leader who has been working in different HR roles at KBC for 30 years. Since 2018, she has held the position of HR Director Workforce of the Future Management, in which she is responsible for the 13,000 Belgian employees of KBC. In this position she is responsible for the HR Business Partners, Talent Acquisition, the Internal Job Center and HR Analytics/Reporting. Furthermore, she is a founder of KBC’s network Diversity Rocks that aims to promote diversity at all levels.



Our ageing society, the mismatch between education and the labour market, and the increasing demands of our society lead to tightness of the labour market. This is a problem that affects an increasing number of regions, fields, and industries.


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