Companies are going to invest 140 million euros in technical education and the cabinet is doubling that amount
A year after employers, employees and educational organizations signed the technology pact with regional governments and the cabinet ” to retain and train more smart and skilled technicians ”, things are gaining momentum, according to Kamp.
Since then, for example, 529 grants have been given to engineering students to get to know companies. In metalworking there will be 2,600 extra learning workshops for young people and last year more young people opted for a technical study.
The cabinet is happy with it. Kamp and Minister Jet Bussemaker (Education) want to keep up the pace and further expand the agreements.
” The Netherlands must remain at the forefront of technological developments. Only then can we help solve global issues. Whether it concerns water management in the deltas, the food supply or the transition to sustainable energy. Smart and skilled technicians are indispensable for this, ” says Kamp.
Bussemaker believes that ensuring a sufficient number of good technically trained young people is a ” shared responsibility that requires joint investments ” from education, entrepreneurs and government.
The willingness to do that together is reflected in the enthusiasm for the regional investment fund, for example. In addition, we see that more and more pupils and students are opting for technology education, ” says Bussemaker.