About Make IT Work

Make IT Work retrains highly skilled professionals, regardless of their educational background, for careers in the IT sector. The Initiative was started in 2015 by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and has re-educated more than 360 students and connected them with the labour market. 

Currently, Make IT Work partners with 100 employers (including corporations, government institutes, semi-public organisations, small companies and startups) that hire its graduates. The European Commission has recognised Make IT Work for its success in teaching digital skills and this year, Computable Awards nominated it as the best IT educator of 2019.

The programme and selection process

During an 11-month programme, Make IT Work retrains students to become software engineers, security specialists and business and data analytics specialists. The first five months of the programme consist of an intense full-time education course, which is followed by at least six months of employment at a company and evening classes. Employers and prospective students meet each other during an event held four times a year. When the employer and a candidate reach an agreement, they can participate as a student in the retraining courses.

What makes Make IT Work unique is the fact that the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences is responsible for every part of the programme, including recruitment, the selection procedure, teaching students and connecting them with partnering companies. This ensures the highest quality of education and competent graduates. 

About the costs

This initiative is purely non-profit and has no commercial goals. The business model is based on a one-time contribution of €6,000 for employers and €1,000 for students. There are no extra costs.

Sign up for a breakfast meeting

On 1 October, Make IT Work is hosting a morning meeting for companies interested in attending the employer’s market for the cohort 18 software engineering programme on 10 October at the Media Park in Hilversum. Over breakfast, guests will receive helpful information and learn about opportunities to collaborate.

For more information and registration info, please contact talent liaison Igneta Skliaustyte at [email protected].

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