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Make it in the North

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About us

What is Make it in the North?

The Make it in the North project aims to build an interactive, innovative platform to help unite internationally-oriented talent in the North to innovative Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The Northern Netherlands has around 53,000 international people (including 10,000 students) and there is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers. Make it in the North aims to connect international talent in the three Northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe more effectively with international companies.

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The Northern Netherlands has around 53,000 international people (including 10,000 students) and there is an increasing demand for highly skilled workers. Make it in the North aims to connect international talent in the three Northern provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe more effectively with international companies. Given the currently-shrinking labour force and the growing need for talent, it is crucial that the North as a region tries to match available international talent with the high quality jobs that currently or potentially exist in the provinces. The project hopes to reduce the growing mismatch between the business world and international talent; therefore keeping and attracting both industry and further international talent in the North. This will simultaneously strengthen the economy of the region.

The project is a collaboration between multiple parties as mentioned below. The core of the group is formed by the International Welcome Centre North (IWCN), the University of Groningen (RuG, the Hanze University of applied science, the Municipality of Groningen, the World Trade Centre (WTC) Leeuwarden, the Metal Industry, IT companies (Samenwerking Noord), the Life Science Industry (Campus Groningen).

An innovative, digital platform

What is in the Make it in the North programme?

The project consists of various components that are aimed at providing an innovative digital platform for the Northern Netherlands as well as a mix of on- and off-line activities. Please see below for an explanation of the components of Top Dutch Talent.

Digital Map

A digital map has been designed to help match international talent with SME’s (small- and medium-sized enterprises).

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A digital map has been designed to help match international talent with SME’s. The map makes affiliated and internationally-focussed companies more visible, whilst also promoting links between companies who wish to export from the Northern Netherlands.

Features will include full profiles for companies, which will be linked to the Job Portal, and provide a way of letting these firms indicate that they are interested in joining a trade delegation.

The data for the map will be primarily provided by institutions, the IWCN, the WTC, the NOM, Koninklijke Metaalunie and exporting organisations.

For more information contact:
Elise Kamphuis: e.kamphuis@rug.nl

Market Research

The Market Research programme is being set up to benefit internationally-focussed SME’s (small- and medium-sized enterprises).
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The Market Research programme is being set up to benefit internationally-focussed SME’s. It will help to acquire new market insights, using knowledge from the companies’ home markets combined with input, linguistic skills and experience, for example or partners of highly skilled migrants. This means, of course, that it will also offer job-seeking services to internationals, which will include:

-Performing market research

-Utilising the WTC database (5.1 Million contacts) to explore partnerships

-Translations

For more information contact:
Maartje de Jonge: maartje.de.jonge@iwcn.nl

Here and Now

Here and Now will be the cultural platform for the Northern Netherlands.

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Here and Now will be the cultural platform for the Northern Netherlands,where all events across Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe will be listed. Part of the digital platform consists of information on upcoming events, musea, music, perfomances art – all of which are accessible to internationals in the north. The platform has been developed for Groningen and is now being expanded to include the two other northern provinces: Friesland and Drenthe.

For more information contact:
Anastasija Zahireva: anastasija.zihareva@groningen.nl

Job Portal

This will be an online vacancy portal for the Northern Netherlands.

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This will be an online vacancy portal for the Northern Netherlands, where international SME’s, educational institutions and international people can be accessed and linked. Companies looking for highly skilled international employees currently have issues with finding the right talent. The portal will advertise professional vacancies, time jobs, internships, graduate courses and traineeships for highly-educated internationals.

Companies will be able to place their vacancies without charges, and similarly, internationals will be able to upload their CV’s for no fee. The portal will match SME’s and internationals, whilst also providing career information, support and advice. The Jobportal is the heart of the project by connecting all other components, such as career events and a digital map of international companies.

For more information contact:
Michiel Kasteleijn (IWCN): michiel.kasteleijn@iwcn.nl

Career Events

This initiative aims to give an overview and of all existing career events.

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This initiative aims to give an overview and of all existing career events. It is envisaged that a yearly international career event will be held, where knowledge institutions, SME’s and international alumni will be brought together. The idea is to bring companies and internationals into contact with each other to expand job opportunities and vacancy matching. In addition to the exchange of information, company presentations and entrepreneurial workshops will also take place. The events offer unique opportunities to have one-on-one discussions with companies, whether formally or in an informal networking segment.

For more information contact:
Shanti Vriesema: s.vriesema@rug.nl

Knowledge insight

This policy will attempt to develop a digital overview of education, knowledge institutions and knowledge.

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This policy will attempt to develop a digital overview of education, knowledge institutions and knowledge projects done with SME’s. It will provide an overview of programmes and talent as well as areas where this talent can be deployed. In addition, it will contribute to the international character of training courses and talent groups. All of the knowledge institutions’ courses and research directions will be included, making them findable and indeed participatory for talent and companies.

For more information contact:
Frederic van Kleef: frederic.van.kleef@groningen.nl

The Northern Times

A first in the Netherlands, The Northern Times is a digital news website for internationals in the region.

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A first in the Netherlands, The Northern Times is a digital news website for internationals in the region. It is updated with English-language news, activities and reviews several times per week and is accessible to internationals both in and outside the region at no charge. A daily subscriber-only newsletter and linked Facebook page will help to drive engagement further. The website will also carry in-depth journalism and interviews from the region.

The number of English-speaking residents in the Northern Netherlands has increased sharply in recent years, underlining the requirement for a digital news medium. With The Northern Times, Top Dutch Talent aims to bind internationals to the Northern Netherlands by using the digital platform as:

-An information source for cultural and social activities

-A social media community

-A major plus for the Northern Netherlands as the first Dutch region with its own English-language news service

For more information contact:
The Northern Times: info@northerntimes.nl

News 

All the latest news and upcoming events from Make it in the North

How can I get involved?

If you would like to lend your, or your organisation’s support to any part of Make it in the North, please send an e-mail to topdutchtalent@iwcn.nl

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