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750 people helped to find jobs in collaboration with Amsterdam


The municipality of Amsterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are entering into a three-year partnership. Together with the Greater Amsterdam Employers’ Service Point (WSP) and the Schiphol Aviation Community (LCS), with which over 40 employers at Schiphol are affiliated, 750 people will be helped into employment.

The main beneficiaries will be jobseekers on benefits who, despite the shortages on the labour market, need additional support to find a job, such as people over the age of 50, people with an immigrant background or people with disabilities. The jobs programme involves jobs for people with practical training, such as in cleaning, retail, catering, security and logistics. Schiphol has a relatively large number of jobs for low- to medium-skilled employees. Approximately 6% of the population in Greater Amsterdam with a low or secondary level of education work at Schiphol.

According to Rutger Groot Wassink, alderman for Employment: ’People who have struggled to find a job for a longer period of time, for whatever reason, deserve extra help and support, and employers play an important role in this support. We already had the Amsterdam Work Brigade, which enabled people to transfer to regular employment after two years in subsidised work, and the 1,000 jobs plan in Southeast. This collaboration once again contributes significantly to the earlier promise that many more people would be helped into employment in the coming years.’

Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop: ’All the businesses at and around the airport make Schiphol one of the largest labour markets in the Netherlands. It’s a place for people with different levels of education and backgrounds. Anyone who can and wants to work is welcome at Schiphol, including people at a distance from the labour market. Together with Amsterdam, we will ensure that they receive the right support.’

The WSP is a partnership between UWV, Pantar, AM match and the municipalities of Aalsmeer, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Diemen, Haarlemmermeer, Ouder-Amstel, De Ronde Venen and Uithoorn. As a partner of employers ‘with compassion’, WSP helps jobseekers with a disadvantage on the labour market to find work. LCS is a network organisation with Royal Schiphol Group, the Amsterdam regional training centre (ROC) and KLM as partners. LCS connects business, education and government and focuses on sustainably strengthening the labour market at Schiphol.

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