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National data

Please note that the Dutch government utilises a non-standard definition of STEM. Hence, some of the national data may not match the indicators used in international publications (e.g. Eurostat, OECD). For more information, please see the 'data & indicators' tab on the overview page.

National / regional monitoring instruments

Monitoring instruments for STEM track trends and developments in national and regional STEM ecosystems

Technology Pact Monitor
What is it?

The Technology Pact Monitor is the main instrument for monitoring the progress towards the objectives of the Dutch national STEM strategy. It measures trends and developments in all education levels (primary, secondary, vocational and higher education) as well as the labour market, utilising a variety of data sources. The Technology Pact Monitor is a digital tool, allowing users to zoom in on individual regions or municipalities, and filter data according to their needs. 

What does it say?

The most recent edition of the Technology Pact monitor identified a wide variety of new and ongoing trends. These included

  • a significantly lower unemployment rate among STEM graduates,
  • a rise of nearly one-third in the number of ICT jobs between 2013-2019 (primarily driven by software and application developers) followed by a growing number of unfulfilled vacancies in this sector and
  • a rising number of girls choosing STEM-related profiles in upper secondary and higher education.
  • the rise in female participation in STEM education and jobs is not seen in vocational education and that there is a
  • growing shortage in STEM teachers that will intensify in the near future. For a full summary, please see the overview page via the link below.

National / regional (STEM) skills strategies

National and regional (STEM) skills strategies improve coordination between initiatives and stakeholders

Technology Pact 2016 - 2020
In short

The Technology Pact is the Dutch national STEM strategy. Its primary objective is to boost and coordinate initiatives in STEM education and labour market. The Technology Pact has a strong regional component in its governance model and the way its national objectives (see below) are implemented.

Who is responsible?

The Technology Pact is a multi-stakeholder initiative ('Pact') supported by over 60 organisations. These include the national ministries of Education (OCW), Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) and Social Affairs (SZW), all education sectors, employer organisations, and regional governments. The Technology Pact is coordinated by the Ducht ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, supported by the Dutch national STEM platform (PTvT) which also prepares the yearly 'Technology Pact Monitor'.

What are its objectives?

The objectives of the Technology Pact cover the entire 'talent pipeline', from primary education to the labour market. The national objectives of the Technology Pact are 'translated' into regional agendas and action plans (often also called 'Pacts'). The objectives are divided into three main 'strands' focused on:

  • 'Choosing STEM' (encouraging more young people to choose STEM education and careers)
  • 'Learning STEM' (STEM education)
  • 'Working in STEM' (labour market)

Programmes and initiatives

Innovation in STEM education and jobs is supported through a wide range of initiatives

Highlighted: Jet-Net & TechNet (JNTN)
Education level:
Secondary Education
What is it?

Jet-Net&TechNet (JNTN) is one of the flagship programmes of the Dutch national STEM platform. The programme is focused on building one-on-one partnerships between companies and schools in primary and secondary education. Its main objective is to enthuse young people for STEM careers and provide context to the curriculum. JNTN is co-funded by the Dutch government and the private sector.

How does it help?

Over 2000 companies and around 40% of all pre-university secondary schools are involved in JNTN. 

Highlighted: MKB!dee
Education level:
Lifelong Learning / Upskilling
What is it?

MKB!dee is an initiative of the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs to promote the development of experimental approaches for (and by) lifelong learning in small and medium sized enterprises. The programme is implemented by the Dutch national STEM platform (PTvT) in cooperation with the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO)

How does it help?

In the period of 2018-2020 a total of 61 projects were funded (200.000 euro per project) focused on developing new lifelong learning approaches in SME's. Of the total programme budget, 27% is reserved for small SME’s (< 50 employees).

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