Finals TopCoach of the Year 2020

Yesterday it was time for the finals of TopCoach of the Year 2020. Our trainers of the vocational education Diana van der Kaay and Leo Dekker have been nominated by the DAEL Talents and they made it to the finals! This year it went different compared to last years. There was a fully corona proof meeting to appreciate all the finalists, partly from the studio in Utrecht and partly online. Unfortunately, Diana and Leo didn't end on the first place, but they can surely be proud at their place in the finals.

The annual 'TopCoach of the Year' election, organised bij 'Wij Techniek', is a national recognition for the best practice supervisor within the technical installation sector. Students, employers and colleagues can nominate a TopCoach and a jury evaluates all these nominations. This year they received over 700 nominations and after a few selection rounds and several interviews and jury reports, our colleagues Diana van der Kaay and Leo Dekker have been selected as finalists.

Diana van der Kaay is the coordinator at DAEL Talent and takes care of the theoretical part of the vocational education. Together with Leo Dekker she manages the programme. Leo is responsible for the practical part. The Talents receive eductation from teachers of ROC Mondriaan and Leo gives them practical classes. This summer the vocational education DAEL Talent already started its fourth year and in the meantime the first DAEL Talents graduated and received their MBO 3 degree in electrical engineering.


The talents nominated Leo and Diana for the title 'TopCoach of the Year', because they are involved, emphatic, assertive and a true example for them. Jordy, third year DAEL Talent:  "Leo and Diana are always there for everything and everyone around the vocational programme. They give you information at all levels which gets the best out of yourself. Leo is really patient and takes the time. And Diana gives you the feeling she really cares about you."



Wednesday afternoon at November 4th it was time for the finals: all finalists and their public had a live connection with the studio in Utrecht. The whole programme was fully corona proof: Diana, Leo and all their support watched the finals from different locations. It started with a word of welcome from Jan Joost van Gangelen who held a brief conversation with some finalists. Then a couple top athletes held a discussion about how you can give a big change a positive twist. After that, the comic duo Urgert & Van Deudekom gave an interactive workshop. In the end it was time for the award ceremony of the 'TopCoach of the Year 2020' title. Leo and Diana didn't end up at the first place, but they definitely deserve the topcoach title and therefore the DAEL Group is really proud at this nomination for the finals.

About DAEL Talent
At DAEL Talent we school young people to qualified technicians with their MBO degree with vocational education. In cooperation with ROC Mondriaan young talents are being trained to work as chief engineer at MBO 3 level. After that, it is possible to start working or to continue the education to technician level MBO 4. DAEL Talent offers the opportunity to specialise yourself within one of our operating companies: Data & Electro, Power, Rail, Security, Telecom and Connectivity. Are you interested in this vocational education? For more information you can go to

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