Who is TechConnect for?
TechConnect is for underrepresented groups that experience difficulty in entering the labour market. Dozens of companies, educational institutions and government organisations in the Amsterdam metropolis participate in the programme.
Why this programme?
TechConnect’s goal of is to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities in the tech labour market, and to make tech education and jobs accessible to everyone. TechConnect offers a solution to the shortages in the tech labour market and creates opportunities for untapped potential, thus contributing to the smart metropolis of the future.
What we do
We train thousands of women, people from socially disadvantaged neighbourhoods and local entrepreneurs to be programmers, data analysts, growth hackers, UX designers or tech managers. We thus help to increase diversity in the sector and to foster an inclusive labour market for tech jobs in the region.
Results in 2021
We created custom-made programmes for a variety of target groups. TechGrounds in particular is so successful that it is being rolled out nationwide.
2021 was devoted to the ongoing roll-out of existing initiatives and the first scaling. By the end of the year, TechConnect had helped approximately 30,000 people into training or employment in IT. This puts the programme ahead of schedule.
Activities in 2022
TechConnect will enter its last ‘year of life’ in 2022. TekkieWorden, TechGrounds and TechMeUp – startups developed to connect underrepresented groups to the demand in the labour market – are now scaling up to reach the target of 50,000 people in training or employment in tech. This is also the year that TechConnect come to an end as a programme and incubator. By the end of 2022, the startups should be able to continue on their own, so that even more hidden talent will continue to find its way into IT.