Statistics Netherlands (CBS) recently reported that only five percent of Eritrean and Syrian permitholders who had arrived in NL in 2014 had a job 18 months later. To better prepare them for the Dutch labour market, COA, the Foundation for Refugee Students UAF and IOM set up the VOORwerk project. Recently, the 1000th participant successfully completed the training programme.
Project VOORwerk into Full Swing
10 October 2016 - In the VOORwerk project, COA, IOM and UAF work together to better prepare permit holders in COA reception centres for their entry in the labour market. In May the project kicked off at 10 COA pilot locations. The project provides trainings aimed at improving soft skills required to succeed in the Dutch labour market. Additionally, the project offers individual coaching for permit holders and helps them to acquire (voluntary) work placements. The first 250 permit holders have by now successfully completed the training.
UTRECHT: On 9 May representatives from COA, IOM and UAF launched a new integration project: VOORwerk. VOORwerk offers information, training and individual guidance to permit holders residing in the reception centers to reduce the gap to the labour market in the Netherlands. The participating reception centers are located in Alkmaar, Assen, Baexem, Dronten, Grave, Hoogeveen, Luttelgeest, Overloon, Utrecht en Weert.
Permit holders will be prepared through special training modules to successfully enter the Dutch labour market. The training covers cultural differences as well as useful skills for finding a job in the Netherlands.