The government is doing too little about the shortage of technicians in the Netherlands
According to a survey by the Dutch-German Chamber of Commerce ( DNHK ) in collaboration with FME and VNO-NCW, this is the opinion of companies in the manufacturing industry .
80 percent of the companies surveyed think that the government should do more for well-trained professionals.
The most important points in this respect are improving the image of the manufacturing industry and making science education more professionally oriented. One in three respondents is of the opinion that current vocational education does not fit in well with the practice of their own company.
78 percent of entrepreneurs think that students should be deployed more in companies. Almost half sees a good solution in dual training programs.
Entrepreneurs are also dissatisfied with the extent to which they are supported in their marketing activities abroad. Almost 80 percent of those questioned consider ‘Holland Branding’ – the promotion of Dutch products abroad – important. One in ten companies is affected by recent cuts in export subsidies and programs, such as CPA and prepare2start.
Other areas for improvement are the infrastructure and the innovation climate. In addition, the transfer of knowledge between SMEs leaves something to be desired.
The majority of companies are satisfied with the Dutch business climate. 51 percent are satisfied, a third find the business climate ‘good’ to ‘very good’.