The autumn issue of Metaaljournaal contains an interview with Jamal (66), he is a tester and all-round employee at Ecotap.

‘I can retire next year, but I will continue to work. I see my work as a hobby and work keeps me healthy. And I have nice colleagues. It seems like a nice family. I am Kurdish and born in Baghdad. Because of the regime at the time, we became homeless and had to flee the country. I obtained my PhD Electrical Engineering in Romania and after a lot of wandering I ended up in an asylum seekers center in the Netherlands. At that time, I had no position to work, especially not as a professor.

Due to language delay, I couldn’t get a job anywhere and I became depressed. But Ecotap did give me a chance. I am now a tester and doing spot checks of specialist charging systems. Think of charging stations for cars, trucks and cranes. Ecotap is the market leader in Europe. You see our charging stations everywhere and in all kinds of colors. Working and thinking benefits my health and my thinking capacity has returned. As a human being, I am completely recharged here. It gives me energy.”