"To develop your next generation of young people who can help you to lead your company is important," he said.
"For maybe a year you can reduce a little bit but you can not stop for a longer period recruiting new people because you get a gap in the development in your company. It's essential to remain connected with the next generation - to hire and train those people - to lead your company into the future."
The Dutch specialty chemicals company arranges courses to help those who have not yet graduated to gain an understanding and insight about the company and to see whether they would like to become part of the workforce, said Sijbesma.
"We give lectures at universities and do all kinds of projects to show what our company can do and to find who are the best recruits," he said.