Date: 7/3/2019. Every year, the Cabinet makes € 100 million structurally available for technology intensification within pre-vocational education (VMBO) from the ‘Strong Technology Education (STO) scheme. To qualify for this, VMBO schools in their region had to draw up a good plan together with companies on how they will implement this technology intensification in the […]

Date: 5-6-2019. Some time ago, various educational organizations and companies active in the manufacturing industry submitted a subsidy application to the Regional Investment Fund (Rif) MBO for a Center for Innovative Craftsmanship Manufacturing / Smart Industry North and Central Limburg (CIV Maak / smart industry for short). Aranco wrote the accompanying regional vision and business plan.

Last week, the Department for Subsidies to Institutions (DUS-I) announced that the subsidy application has been approved! This also means that the Province of Limburg will also honor its subsidy commitment. We wish the participants in this public-private partnership every success with the further implementation of this interesting initiative.

At a conference on May 16 in Antwerp, the Interreg project “Border information Flanders-Netherlands” was festively concluded. Aranco has fulfilled the role of network coordinator within this project for the past 3 years. During the closing conference, the first 60 advisers from the border area received recognition as Advisor Border Info Point (GIP) Flanders-Netherlands. With this certificate, the advisers can demonstrate that they have the necessary knowledge to inform citizens and companies that want to work or do business about the Flemish-Dutch border. The services provided by the Border Info Points will be permanently embedded in the border region from 1 June. On you can find the approximately twenty locations at various organizations where GIP consultants offer this service. Official GIPs can be recognized by the GrensInfoPunt logo, which is used throughout the border area around the Netherlands. Via the following link you can watch a promo film about the Border Info Points:

Date: 4/29/2019. Gregory Aerts has been employed by Aranco as a trainee from last week. Gregory will spend the next four months at Aranco working on IT-related assignments, focusing on, among other things, cross-border labor market data and healthcare. Gregory will soon finish his studies in econometrics at Maastricht University and will start with the master Data Science in the autumn.

Date: 27-2-2019. On January 24, in the presence of about 100 employers, employees and other interested parties, the official starting shot for the cross-border Labor Market Platform of the Euregio Rhine-Waal was sounded in Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem. Aranco supported the creation of this platform. Various experts talked about the opportunities, advantages and challenges of working in the neighboring country. In the concluding workshops, the participants were asked to contribute: they were able to express their ideas about the fulfillment of the tasks of the Labor Market Platform. Also see:

The key partners involved in the cross-border labor market in Kleve will shortly sign a declaration of intent for structural cooperation and working groups will start working in the fields of employment mediation, information provision and education to develop and implement concrete action plans.

If there were to be a common and borderless labor market in the Euregion Rhine-Waal, that would be a major boost for the economy, said Hubert Bruls, vice-president of the Euregio Rhine-Waal and mayor of Nijmegen. “This could grow to eight percent. That is why we must aim to make the border disappear further and to remove obstacles. ” The Platform Arbeit / dsmarkt responds to this by striving for a structural and result-oriented cooperation between parties involved from the business community, education and agencies in the field of job placement. All with a common interest across national borders, with a single executive approach and the aim of better labor mobility.

9-12-2019. In the past 8 years, Aranco has been repeatedly involved in projects regarding crossborder information provision in the German-Dutch and Flemish-Dutch border areas. The starting point for this process has been the development of the business plan for the very first cross-border information point, being the Aachen-Eurode information point (2011). Crossborder information points offer services to employees who work, live or study in one of the neighboring countries or who are planning to do so. In the years that followed, we developed amongst others business plans aimed at personal cross-border information provision along the German-Dutch and Flemish-Dutch borders (2013-2014). Moreover, we wrote a communication plan for the cross-border information points in five Euregions (2014). More recent projects relate to the development of a labour market platform in the Rhine-Waal Euregion, as well as the network coordination of the ‘Flanders-Netherlands Crossborder Information Provision’ project, which ended in June this year.

The crossborder information points have now reached the next, sustainable, phase in their development. On November 25th, a covenant arranging the structural financing of the crossborder information points was signed in Nijmegen by State Secretary Van Ark and representatives of the border regions. With that, an important milestone has been achieved in the development of the cross-border information points. We are proud that we have been able to contribute to this development in the past 8 years.

Date: 10/25/2018. Earlier we reported about the FoodLab Limburg, the (training) platform for the Limburg food and hospitality sector that is being set up. It has now been announced that the subsidy application at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science has been approved! This means that FoodLab will receive almost 7 tons of resources from the government to enable learning and working in the practice of the food and hospitality sector. In May of last year, entrepreneurs already put nine hundred thousand euros into FoodLab Limburg in the form of facilities and employee time. Education and the Province of Limburg jointly invested the same amount.

Date: 8/30/2018. The first article of “Ph value of Limburg” has now appeared on the LinkedIn pages of the employees of Aranco. For this first article, we spoke with Kai Michelsen, coordinator of the European Public Health (EPH) bachelor’s program at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of Maastricht University. The article discusses the importance of this European-oriented training for the region. The next article about the Limburg Health Agreement will be published in two week.

Date: 1-8-2018. In the South Limburg labor market region, the ambition is to implement a common sectoral approach for tackling labor market challenges. The focus will be on the following promising sectors for the region:

  • Maastricht-Heuvelland (Customer Service, Manufacturing, Leisure Horeca)
  • Parkstad (Healthcare, Smart Services, Medical Logistics)
  • Western Mining Region (Automotive, Logistics, Technology)

The intention is to develop the most efficient and effective approach for these sectors. To this end, Aranco has developed six sector plans on behalf of the three central municipalities (Maastricht, Heerlen and Sittard-Geleen), including a concrete plan of action. The sector plans thus form the basis for the further project-based approach by the various relevant implementing parties. The starting point for this sectoral approach is that problems within a sector are always tackled as a joint problem of the entire labor market region. A second project phase has now started, in which the three remaining sector plans will be developed.

Date: 1-8-2018. The healthcare landscape in Limburg (and the rest of the Netherlands) is currently changing rapidly due to developments such as the aging population, the increasing complexity of healthcare, technological developments (such as e-health and remote healthcare) and changing visions about healthcare (such as the concept of positive health). From Aranco we have been involved several times in projects in the healthcare sector in recent years. Based on this involvement, we have experienced the need to bring the changes in the sector, and the various good initiatives that respond to these changes, to the attention of a wide audience. And a lot is happening in our region! That is why we will soon be launching a biweekly blog about a public health-related initiative in Limburg or the Euregion under the heading of “Ph value of Limburg”. We will discuss this with a wide range of interesting people, based on the motto: “Health and care, from, for and by the people in Limburg”. Ph value is investigative, critical and above all curious. Keep an eye on the LinkedIn page of Aranco and her employees!