The world is rapidly changing; technological progress is swiftly and permanently altering our everyday lives. Globalization and technology advancement bring about permanent changes in the economy that change the structure of the labour force, and create new jobs while at the same time threaten traditional lines of work.
The Netherlands has an open economy which thrives on international trade. As Europe’s 7th largest economy, 5th largest foreign investor and investee, 4th largest importer, 2nd largest exporter, and leading exporter of agricultural products, the Netherlands earns 33% of its income from the export of goods and services alone.
To keep up with this fast track to innovation, we are constantly reconsidering our science, technology and innovation policy and encouraging dynamic collaboration between the Dutch government, the education and the business sectors.
To meet changing job requirements, government and private sector have joined forces to accelerate change and invest in conversion of the workforce. Dynamic partnerships were formed, referred to as Centres of Expertise (Higher Education) and Centres for lnnovative Craftsmanship (Vocational Education). This publication provides an overview of the Dutch Centres of Expertise and Centres of Innovative Craftsmanship and their approach.