Human Capital Agenda

The Netherlands has a leading position in innovation with ICT globally speaking. This turbulent growth is accompanied by a great need for staff with the right ICT skills. Education is difficult to keep up with this demand of the labour market. Both companies in the ICT sector and beyond are running out of vacancies, and The Human Capital Agenda (HCA) is an action plan to meet the growing demand for ICT professionals.

Hoe doen wij dat?

Actielijn 1

Encouraging regional cooperation

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Actielijn 2

Inspire and inform students

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Actielijn 3

Promote knowledge transfer of new technologies

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Educational institutions have difficulty keeping up with the growing demand of the labour market. Both companies in the ICT sector and beyond are running out of vacancies, which is reinforced by continued growth of the economy, of which a large part results from technological innovation.

As a result, competition between employers in the labour market for ICT workers increases. This is also due to the increasing demand from outside the ICT sector. And also for more and more professions outside the ICT sector itself, primary ICT skills are required. The ICT labour market as we know it no longer exists, but the existing labour market is increasingly becoming one of ICT workers.

Action plan

The Human Capital Agenda (HCA) is an action plan to meet the growing demand for ICT professionals. Businesses and educational institutions can do more to interest young people in the jobs of the future. Experience shows that this works best by joining regional developments and ambitions.

In 2019, based on the evaluation of activities and results of 2018, there will be focused on cooperation in the region and to achieve and help educational institutions to make required adjustments to the curriculum due to the emergence of new technologies.

Through three action lines, the HCA ICT contributes to the goals of the Team ICT in the field of knowledge and talent development and the availability of sufficiently well-qualified ICT professionals. In addition, networking and connecting necessary stakeholders remains a core activity for the Human Capital Agenda ICT.

Stakeholders

The sense of urgency to solve the shortage of ICT workers is increasingly explicitly recognised nationally and regionally. One way to solve this is better connection of (professional) education to the (regional) business community. This makes education more attractive to young people and companies get better trained ICT workers than is the case now. However, there are still insufficient structural links between companies and education. And where this does happen and is successful, it often remains unknown nationwide. We want to change this in 2019. This can only be done if all stakeholders take responsibility. In 2019, we want to pay more explicit attention to this and, where necessary, to help. The following roles are allocated to each stakeholder:

  1. Educational institutions: opening up to intensive cooperation with companies to ensure current curriculums better match the demand of the labour market.
  2. Companies: contributing both in kind and financially to promising projects
  3. Governments: contribute financially both nationally and regionally, but also play a more active role within existing networks, making education more closely aligned with the regional labour market.
  4. Science: share developments around new technologies that provide opportunities for the labour market and also require changes from education in a timely manner.
  5. Students and parents: take available information on the opportunities offered by labour market and weigh in on their decisions on their future

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