Hogeschool van Amsterdam

Urban Governance and Social Innovation

House of Skills

A centre for learning, experimentation and matchmaking for residents of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region with lower and secondary education levels

Project

Today's workers increasingly have shorter and more flexible employment contracts, leading them to switch jobs – and even sectors – more frequently. At the same time, the work itself is changing at a rapid pace and whole sectors are disappearing as new jobs simultaneously emerge. The job market, in short, is in a state of flux.

House of Skills is a Living Lab led by the City of Amsterdam and sixteen partners. The objective of the House of Skills is to create sustainable employability among residents of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region with lower and secondary education levels. The Centre of Expertise Urban Governance and Social Innovation is one of the initiators of the House of Skills. Our responsibilities include developing a business model for the project.

The House of Skills aims to promote an inclusive job market in which there is room for everyone. It is vital to these efforts that the current and future professional population has (and retains) the opportunity to develop their skills in a regular and timely manner.

The House of Skills is developing a number of career-related programmes, including:

  • Assessments and competence scans;
  • Career advice;
  • Skills training courses;
  • Skills-based matchmaking;
  • Developing a business case for the House of Skills.

TARGET GROUP

The House of Skills is a centre for learning, experimentation and matchmaking aimed primarily at residents of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region with lower and secondary education levels who:

  • Work in a growth sector;
  • Work in a sector that is being threatened by a loss of jobs;
  • Have been unemployed for less than one year;
  • Are independent contractors and/or sole traders.

Multiple AUAS research groups/professorships and degree programmes are participating in the House of Skills. Alex Straathof (Professor of Management of Cultural Change) is deputy director of the House of Skills. Together with the City of Amsterdam, the Centre of Expertise Urban Governance and Social Innovation is an initiator of the House of Skills.

Collaborative partners
The City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, ROC Amsterdam, ROC Flevoland, Novacollege, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, University of Amsterdam, FNV, James (affiliated with the CNV), Manpower, Randstad, UWV, Techniekraad Noord-Holland (Technical Council of North Holland), Deloitte and the regional and local government bodies who cooperate in the Metropolitan Region Amsterdam Economic Platform.

Education
Eighteen training centres in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region provide the operational basis for the House of Skills. These centres are public-private partnerships between regional training centres (ROCs) and over 500 businesses, most of which are in the demand sector.

20 May 2021

Project Info

Start date 01 Jan 2017
End date 31 Dec 2021