Amsterdam: a hotbed for tech talent
"There’s a serious lack of diversity in tech teams," says Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, "and there are large groups in society who don’t know what opportunities there are to work in the tech world." In an effort to bridge the mismatch between supply and demand, the Amsterdam Economic Board is organising TechConnect Week, in cooperation with a long list of public and private partners. The aim is to promote equal opportunities by widening the group with digital skills at their fingertips.
The first edition of the TechConnect Week will see more than 25 events taking place across the Amsterdam Area, all focused on reaching and inspiring girls and young women, professionals with digital skills, school dropouts who deserve a fresh start and unemployed people for whom retraining can boost their career prospects.
Over the week, more than 600 participants can take part in trial lessons, open training days, company visits and expert sessions. In Zaandam, for example, there will be a special session run by Codam College, an innovative computer coding school where experience with a mouse and a web browser is all you need to get started. Start-up specialist B. Startup School Amsterdam run trial lessons aimed at local girls. The Johan Cruijff ArenA will open its doors to vocational students to show what tech jobs are available. Elsewhere private training academies Codaisseur, Le Wagon, Growth Tribe Academy, IFDN, and Iron Hack are running an Open Academy Day with trial lessons in English, and Nike is running an event to tempt top talent to come and work in the Amsterdam Area in Hilversum.
Support from around the Amsterdam Area
The TechConnect action programme is an initiative by the Amsterdam Economic Board and its partners in education and the tech world. The programme aims to attract 50,000 extra people from a wide variety of target groups into tech jobs in the Amsterdam Area.