Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Make IT Work wins Pro-Motor Award 2018

29 Nov 2018 14:00 | Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industries

The Make IT Work retraining track offered by Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) has won the Pro-Motor Award 2018. This annual award for an ambitious idea was presented on Wednesday evening by Mariƫtte Hamer, chair of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. The award encourages outstanding collaborations between the education and business sectors and the government.

According to the jury, Make IT Work (which allows highly educated people with no specific IT background to retrain for an IT role at higher professional education level) partly stood out as a result of its high success rate. 91% of participants complete the project successfully and 97% continue to work in the IT sector. Make IT Work already has 276 graduates (a third of whom are women!) and 83 companies have joined the programme. The project has also gained plaudits at the European level for setting an example for other EU countries in the area of digitisation.

Finally, the jury praised the possibility of expanding the project further. 'This AUAS initiative already shows that this type of retraining track is expressly scalable and can be transferred to other types of higher professional education and forms of collaboration with the business sector and the government.'

On Wednesday, Make IT Work competed against four other nominees: Power Course, Extra Strong, Beyond and Open Learning Labs. This year, the jury felt it was important that the projects expressly contributed to enhancing and renewing opportunities for lifelong learning.

Previous nominations for AUAS

This is the first time that AUAS has managed to convert a nomination into a victory. Previous nominees were Hemelswater beer and the Knowledge Mile, part of the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network.

The Pro-Motor Award is an initiative launched by Katapult, a network of over 150 partnerships between the education and business sectors.