Squla wins JINC Award for Company of the Year!

Last Tuesday, one of the brands at Futurewhiz, Squla, was in the spotlight for winning the JINC-Award ‘Company of the Year’ in the DeLaMar Theatre in Amsterdam! Squla was nominated together with four other companies for this category. The judges were none other than five students from primary school Samenspel. After a nerve-racking couple of minutes of decision time, they chose Squla as the winner. It’s clear: children love Squla.

First of all, what is JINC? JINC is an organisation that believes that every child has potential – also the hundreds of thousands of Dutch children who grow up in a disadvantaged socio-economic environment. That is why JINC strives for a society in which your background does not determine your future. To achieve this, they help children aged 8-16 get a better start in the labour market. The JINC program teaches them how to apply for jobs, introduces them to different professions and helps them discover which work suits their capabilities and talents. During the show, founder and director Daniël Roos explained that JINC aims to empower talent in three different ways: by scale, effectiveness, and long term impact. JINC should be fun, but it should also work and succeed in its mission to provide better opportunities for young people in the labour market. And JINC is definitely succeeding: they keep growing and have future plans to be active abroad as well.

Squla has been a partner of JINC since 2017, and our colleagues have actively been participating in various projects throughout this time. This includes internships that have been organized at the office, job application trainings, career coaching from our colleagues, and language trips. Not only is it a great opportunity for children, it’s also amazing for us to see how much we can learn from them and enjoy their fresh perspectives. More importantly, they learn from each other, work together and form meaningful bonds.

Since JINC is all about children but the nominees were adults, of course some young spirit was very much needed in the show and the judging team. The show kicked off with a spectacular dance performance by ‘Solid Ground movement’, a dance team from Amsterdam Noord. Then, the following award categories were introduced: ‘Newcomer of the Year’, ‘Volunteer of the Year’, ‘Company of the Year’, ‘Internship of the Year’ and ‘School of the Year’. Together with companies Bearing Point, Accenture, De Schepper Campagnes and Cushman & Wakefield, Squla was nominated for the ‘Company of the Year’ category. Each nominated party was allowed on stage, and after a short introduction it was up to the 5-member jury of primary school Samenspel to make a choice. After a long 5 minutes the final verdict was there: 3 out of 5 votes went to Squla!

We are very proud and grateful for this beautiful award and look forward to many more years of collaboration with JINC!