Aranco has supported ROC Ter AA and BouwInfraMensen Mierlo in the development of the business plan for the BouwInfraCampus Helmond-de Peel in Mierlo. Like many other sectors, the construction and infrastructure sector is undergoing a transition, which means that it faces the challenge of translating the changes in the field of work into appropriate education. The partners now want to work even more intensively with regional construction and civil engineering companies to not only guarantee the high quality of training, but also to develop it further so that sufficient well-trained skilled workers will be available in the construction and civil engineering sector in the region in the future.

The BouwInfraCampus will emphatically present itself as the expertise centre for training in the construction and civil engineering sector in the Helmond-de Peel region, both for initial education and for further training of employees active in the sector. The implementation of the business plan has already made a dynamic start under the direction of Mr Tjeu van de Laar as quartermaster.  


In the first half of 2021, Aranco has written the action plan for the creation of two continuous learning routes within the Sport and Exercise program on behalf of ROC Tilburg. In the aftermath of this assignment, we were interviewed for a magazine of the Strong Vocational Education program about continuous learning routes VMBO-MBO. In particular, our approach, aimed at promoting dialogue based on various scenarios, was central to the interview. The whole article can be read here (dutch only):

In the first half of 2021, Aranco supported the OGVO school community and its partners in the Venlo region with the development of plans and a subsidy application concerning student decline in secondary education. The Venlo region has been confronted for years with a significant student decline that will continue in the coming years. The pressure on secondary education (and other types of education in Venlo) is therefore high, which has only been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The resources made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in the context of the subsidy scheme for student decline are therefore crucial for OGVO and its partners to guarantee high-quality education in the Venlo region for the future. This week, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science made a positive decision concerning the granting of the subsidy funds to OGVO. We wish OGVO good luck with the implementation of the project!

After an intensive review process, Aranco was selected by the AEBR (Association of European Border Regions) as an “expert” to examine specific cross-border problems and develop solutions for these problems. The AEBR is an organisation of European regions engaged in cross-border cooperation. Aranco has thus become part of a pool of experts who are regularly asked for advice by the AEBR.

The first case is an issue of the Belgian Province of East Flanders, which has to do with obstacles in taking up cross-border projects under the LEADER program for rural development, a subsidy program initiated by the European Commission. Due to differences in application procedures in both countries, it is currently not possible to jointly submit an application for a LEADER grant at a cross-border level. Aranco will map, analyse and propose possible solutions to the problem.

Date: 27-10-2020. Aranco supported VISTA College in the development of the Digiwise public-private partnership project. The subsidy application for Digiwise has now been approved by the Regional Investment Fund for MBO! Digiwise is a collaboration between VISTA College (secretary), Gilde Opleidingen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the local (ICT) business community. Digiwise aims to […]

Date: 6-7-2020. In a previous article we already wrote about the “Strong Technical Education (STO)” programme, in which the government provides € 100 million in structural funding for the intensification of technical education within pre-vocational education (vmbo). Aranco contributed to the realization of the STO plans for the regions South Limburg and Eindhoven and at a later stage also for the North and Central Limburg region. We can now report that the STO plan for the North and Central Limburg region has been approved! We wish the schools and partners involved good luck in the implementation of the plans and we are pleased that we have been able to contribute to these beautiful projects.

Technological developments in the manufacturing industry are moving fast. This places increasing demands on employees who are directly and indirectly involved in these processes. In addition, the current labor market for technical personnel is very tight and there is a great need for personnel in the technology sector, both nationally and in Limburg. One possible solution to the shortage of professionals is the use of lateral entry projects. Many initiatives are underway in Limburg to lead various target groups through lateral entry programs to a job in the technology sector.

Commissioned by the Limburg Technology Coalition, Aranco has carried out an exploratory study into the status of lateral-entry projects in the technical manufacturing and installation sector in Limburg. Limburg Technology Coalition, Metaalunie, FME and Techniek Nederland and OOM, A&O and OTIB are working together with the trade unions on a joint plan to prepare the technical manufacturing and installation companies in Limburg for future challenges. The exploratory research is intended as preparation for the development of a targeted approach within the Technology Coalition for this. In this exploratory study, the current situation in Limburg was mapped out (snapshot) and recommendations were also formulated for a good integrated approach by the cooperating parties. For a summary as well as the full report, we refer to the following link:

Recently, we developed a strategic regional vision for our client Zuyd Hogeschool. The aim of the regional vision is to identify relevant developments and to describe a feasible approach to achieve a better connection between education (MBO and HBO) and the labor market in the Limburg care sector, in order to meet the challenges this sector currently faces. It explicitly concerns an inventory of the “what” and the “why”, not so much the “how”, although the regional vision also makes some concrete, but high-level, suggestions for improvement. The regional vision is based, among other things, on twenty interviews with key stakeholders in the healthcare field in Limburg, varying from educational organizations to care organizations, as well as governments and knowledge institutions. Although the pints of view of the participants in the study appeared to diverge strongly on certain points, the shared core vision is that in improving the connection between education and the labor market in the Limburg care sector, supporting people’s quality of life should be central, instead of merely the provision of care.

Date 10-2-2020. Out of a sense of social responsibility, Aranco regularly offers internships and traineeships. At the beginning of February, Niels Janssen, fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, completed his internship with a nice final presentation about the development of a sewerage pilot project (recovering heat from the sewer) in the Limmel district of Maastricht. That same week, Marly van Dommelen, third-year student European Public Health at Maastricht University, started her internship on the use of eHealth applications.