Technology Pact Monitor

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Technology Pact Monitor
Publication date:
June 15, 2020
Source / author:
Government of the Netherlands / Dutch national STEM platform
Country:
Netherlands
Description:

The Technology Pact Monitor is the main instrument for monitoring the progress towards the objectives of the Dutch national STEM strategy: the Technology Pact 2013-2020. The Technology Pact is a multi-stakeholder initative lead by three national ministries (Economic Affairs, Education and Social Affairs and supported by over 60 partners from government, industry and education including employer organisations, labour unions, the education sectors. non-profit organisations and the regions. The objectives of the Technology Pact are divided into three main tracks that cover the entire 'talent pipeline':

 

  1. 'Choosing technology': objectives focused on increasing the number of students choosing STEM,
  2. 'Learning technology': objectives focused on improving the transition to the (STEM) labour market
  3. 'Working in technology': objectives focused on retaining STEM professionals and improving their employability.

 

The Technology Pact is coordinated by the Dutch national STEM platform (PTvT) which also coordinates the development of the Technology Pact Monitor. The Technology Pact Monitor measures the progress towards the Technology Pact's objectives and forms the basis for the yearly progress report to the Dutch parliament. Since 2017 the Technology Pact Monitor is published digitally, allowing users more freedom in selecting data (e.g. by zooming in on a specific region or city). This makes the Monitor more useful for external stakeholders (e.g. regional policy makers, schools). The most important trends are summarised yearly in a 'highlights infographic' (see background documents).

Objectives:

The main objective of the Technology Pact monitor is to measure the progress towards the objectives of the Technology Pact. The main indicators are subdivided into several categories (each with their own webpage) which are updated and/or expanded in parallel to the Technology Pact objectives. The 2020 edition of the Technology Pact monitor covers the following categories:

 

  • Primary education
  • Pre-VET secondary education (vmbo)
  • Pre-HE secondary education (havo-vwo)
  • Vocational Education and Training (mbo)
  • Higher education (hbo-wo)
  • Teachers
  • Labour market demand / shortages
  • Labour market trends

 

In addition, the Technology Pact Monitor provides data and information on programmes and initiatives that directly support the objectives of the Technology Pact (see below).

Relation to programmes, strategies, initiatives, etc.:

The Technology Pact monitor is the primary monitoring instrument used to measure the progress towards the objectives of the current Dutch national STEM strategy ('Technology Pact 2013 - 2020') and forms the basis of the government's yearly progress report to the Dutch parliament. The Technology Pact monitor also includes data and information about programmes and initiatives that directly contribute to the objectives of the Technology Pact.

Conclusions:

The main conclusions of the 2020 edition of the Technology Pact Monitor are summarised in the 'Highlights' infographic (see background documents). The main conclusions of the 2020 edition of the Technology Pact Monitor were:

 

  • Average unemployment of STEM graduates is significantly lower than the national average
  • The number of unfulfilled vacancies for STEM jobs has been steadily rising since Q1 of 2016, in particular in VET
  • Between 2013 and 2019 the number of persons with an ICT job has risen by 110.000 (almost a third), 86.000 of which concern software and application developers
  • Between Q1 of 2016 and Q4 of 2019 the number of unfulfilled ICT vacancies has risen by 66% to 18.400. 
  • Only 52.8% of STEM graduates ends up working in a technical profession.
  • Only 14% of people with a technical profession are female
  • The number and proportion of students choosing STEM profiles in pre-HE secondary education has stabilised afer an extended period of growth since 2010
  • The number and proportion of students choosing STEM in pre-VET secondary education has stabilised after a period of decline.
  • The proportion of male and female students that choose a STEM-profile in pre-HE secondary education (havo-vwo) is nearly equal (61% and 59% in vwo and 42% vs 38% in havo).
  • This trend is not continue in higher education and VET, where only a minority of new entrants in STEM are female (28% in VET, 24% in universities of applied sciences and 35% in universities).
  • The number new entrants in STEM teacher training indicates an even greater shortage of STEM teachers in the near future.
Technology Pact Monitor
Publication date:
June 15, 2020
Source / author:
Government of the Netherlands / Dutch national STEM platform
Country:
Netherlands
Data used:

The Technology Pact Monitor utilises a wide variety of data sources, including administrative data from various natonal government agencies. These include:

 

  • Executive Agency of the ministry of Education (DUO) (education data)
  • National Statistics Agency (CBS) (population data, labour market data) 
  • National Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) (labour market data)
  • Ministry of Economic Affairs (labour market data)
  • Foundation for Cooperation on Vocational Education and Training and Labour Market (SBB) (data related to work-based learning in VET)
  • Dutch Organisation for Internationalisation in Education (NUFFIC) (data related to student mobility)

 

To provide more context to the trends identified in the Monitor, it also reports key facts and figures about programmes that directly contribute to the objectives of the Technology Pact from a variety of organisations. Examples of these are on participation data (e.g. number of schools, teachers, students, companies involved), individual case studies and information about the types of activities and initiatives and their impact (e.g. the differences in the average results of so-called 'Technasium' secondary schools with a stronger focus on STEM compared to non-Technasium schools). 

Indicators:

As described above, the indicators used in the Technology Pact Monitor are divided into eight categories. Additional filters can be applied to most indicators to create custom reports (e.g. by gender, municipality, region, etc.). 

 

Primary education

  • Programme-level data (e.g. number of schools involved, students reached, etc.) from various programmes and organisations focused on primary education

 

Pre-VET secondary education (vmbo)

  • Proportion of students with STEM profile in 3d year (by level)
  • Proportion of students with STEM profile in 3d year by region (interactive map)
  • Proportion of of STEM graduates by level
  • Proportion of STEM graduates by level by region (interactive map)
  • Numbe of STEM graduates by level
  • Proportion of students continuing in STEM oriented VET programme by level
  • Proportion of students continuing in STEM oriented VET programme by region (interactive map)
  • Various rogramme-level indicators (e.g. number of schools involved, students reached, etc.) from various programmes and organisations focused on secondary education

 

Pre-HE secondary education (havo-vwo)

  • Proportion of students in 4th year with STEM oriented profile ('n-profiel') by level 
  • Proportion of students in 4th year with STEM oriented profile ('n-profiel') by region (interactive map)
  • Number of students in 4th year with STEM oriented profile ('n-profiel') by level 
  • Number of students in 4th year with STEM oriented profile ('n-profiel') by region (interactive map)
  • Proportion of students with STEM-oriented profile ('n-profiel') that continue in STEM higher education programme by level
  • Proportion of students with STEM-oriented profile ('n-profiel') that continue in STEM higher education programme by region (interactive map)
  • Various rogramme-level indicators (e.g. number of schools involved, students reached, etc.) from various programmes and organisations focused on secondary education

 

Vocational education and training (VET)

  • Proportion of new entrants that enter STEM programmes per VET level
  • Number of new entrants that enter STEM programmes per VET level
  • Number of new entrants in STEM programmes by educational track ('leerweg') 
  • Proportion of graduates with STEM degree by VET level
  • Number of graduates with STEM degree by VET level
  • Various rogramme-level indicators (e.g. number of schools involved, students reached, etc.) from various programmes and organisations focused on VET

 

Higher education (HE)

  • Proportion of new entrants that enter STEM programmes per HE level
  • Number of new entrants that enter STEM programmes per HE level
  • Proportion of STEM graduates by level and degree (bachelor / master)
  • Number of STEM graduates by level and degree (bacholor / master)
  • Various rogramme-level indicators (e.g. number of schools involved, students reached, etc.) from various programmes and organisations focused on VET

 

Teachers

  • Proportion of new teacher training entrants that focus on STEM subjects per level
  • Number of new teacher training entrants that focus on STEM subjects per level
  • Proportion of teacher training graduates that focus on STEM subjects per level
  • Number of teacher training graduates that focus on STEM subjects per level
  • Number and proportion of teaching hours focused on STEM and ICT in secondary education
  • Proportion of open ('difficult to fulfill') vacancies for STEM and ICT subjects in secondary education and VET
  • Various rogramme-level indicators from programmes and initiatives focused on teachers in STEM

 

Labour market demand / shortages

  • Number of vacancies in STEM by region and level
  • Shortages in STEM by region
  • Number of vacancies in ICT by level and region
  • Shortages in ICT by region
  • Shortages in STEM and ICT by profession and level 
  • Unemployment among STEM graduates by level and region
  • Number and proportion of non-Dutch STEM graduates employed in the Netherlands after graduation

 

Labour market

  • Number of STEM professionals by region
  • Number of STEM professionals by education level
  • Distribution of STEM professionals by profession (most common STEM professions)
  • Proportion of STEM jobs by sector
  • Distribution of STEM professions by education level, age and gender per sector
  • Relative growth of number of jobs by sector since 2013
  • Proportion of STEM professionals by company size
  • Proportion of male and female STEM professionals by level
  • Proportion of female STEM professionals since 2013
  • Proportion of STEM professionals by education level
  • Proportion of STEM and non-STEM educated STEM professionals
  • Most common educational backgrounds among STEM professionals
  • Most common STEM education backgrounds by gender
  • Distribution of STEM graduates by professional profile
  • Proportion of STEM graduates employed in a STEM profession by education field
  • Non-STEM professions that employ the highest proportion of STEM graduates
June 15, 2020
Reports and studies | Government of the Netherlands / Dutch...
The 'Highlights 2020' infographic shows the most important trends identified in the 2020 edition of the Technology Pact Monitor: the main monitoring instrument of the Dutch national STEM...
Technology Pact Monitor
Publication date:
June 15, 2020
Source / author:
Government of the Netherlands / Dutch national STEM platform
Country:
Netherlands

Data used in the Technology Pact Monitor is currently not available in an Application Programming Interface (API). Selected data can be downloaded in 'pivot tables' available on the Technology Pact Monitor Website (Dutch only).