The Vrije Universiteit has joined the Amsterdam works for everyone agreement, an initiative of the Municipality of Amsterdam. The agreement brings together all of the Amsterdam initiatives aimed at getting refugees more rapidly into employment, entrepreneurship and education. Among other things, the VU offers language education and a buddy project.
The agreement is an extension of ‘The Next Step’ which was signed at the end of 2015, and provides further guidance on the action plan ‘Entrepreneurship and work: opportunities for and by refugees’, which was established at the end of 2015 by the Municipal Executive. The new initiative appears to be badly needed in the Netherlands: at the moment, there are around 20,000 refugees in the Netherlands looking for work, with only half of them succeeding in finding a job after five years.
Among other things, the Vrije Universiteit offers language education, courses about the employment market and knowledge of Dutch society, bridging courses, a study-buddy project, scientific expertise in the field of labour and general integration, and qualification evaluation.
Refugee Talent Hub
One of the most important new partners in the agreement is the online platform Refugee Talent Hub, a digital matching platform for refugee talent. The goal of the platform is to assist refugee talent in finding work using an integrated approach. The Refugee Talent Hub also facilitates good use of the waiting time before this talent can enter the labour market. Various parties from the business, government, education and development sectors are joining forces in this to increase job opportunities and sustainable integration of refugee talent in the Netherlands.