Date: 1/9/2018. Zuyd Hogeschool has been offering an entrepreneurship module for students from various study programs for several years now. In concrete terms, this means that students set up a real company in groups (a so-called “Student Company”). Zuyd is supported in this by Jong Ondernemen, a foundation that provides schools in the Netherlands with practical entrepreneurship programs. Aranco recently supported a total of 17 Student Companies by providing targeted advice on the development of their business plans and the use of the CANVAS business model. A second round of advice is planned for the end of January 2018, during which students can once again turn to Aranco’s supervisors with questions about their business plans.

Date: 3/12/2018. Aranco recently attended the Maastricht University Career Event for the second time, intended for master students Healthcare Policy, Innovation & Management (HPIM) and Governance & Leadership in European Public Health (G & L-EPH). The Career Event helps students, who are about to graduate, to:

  • Prepare for the job market;
  • Gain an overview of career opportunities and potential employers;
  • And to develop their network by establishing contacts with alumni and various organisations and companies.

Date: 31.01.2018. The three provinces of the Euregio Scheldemond, as well as the province of Antwerp (B) and the province of Noord-Brabant (NL), appointed IDEA Consult (BE) and ARANCO (NL) to work with the relevant actors in education and labor market policy. arrive at a vision, action plan and cooperation model regarding cross-border labor market policy.

After several intensive workshops with stakeholders involved, the final phase has now also been completed and the report has been completed. The strategy for cross-border labor market policy is built around 4 areas of action “information provision”, “labor mobility”, “education” and “mobility”. This strategy has also been translated into the following 8 strategic objectives with specifically defined actions to be taken per objective:

  1. Increase administrative attention and prioritisation;
  2. GrensInfoPunten further professionalise and anchor it structurally;
  3. Set up a working approach for cross-border job placement;
  4. Editing a “cross-border mindset”;
  5. Coordination of systems and data in function of clear insights, accurate prioritisation and cross-border mediation;
  6. Cross-border education;
  7. Better cross-border mobility;
  8. Periodic monitoring of the results.
  9. The cooperation model that is necessary to implement the actions and the realization of the Scheldt estuary strategy has also been developed.

Date: 1/30/2018. Earlier we reported about the FoodLab Limburg, the (training) platform for the Limburg food and hospitality sector that is being set up. The application for a subsidy has now been submitted to the Regional Investment Fund (Rif) MBO, based on the regional vision and the business plan drawn up by Aranco. In the past period, the core activities of the FoodLab have also been further crystallised on the basis of various working groups, in which stakeholders from both the professional field and education were involved.

In concrete terms, the FoodLab will focus on the following core activities:

  • Improvement through flow from VMBO schools (with HBR profile) to MBO and from MBO to HBO
  • The development / implementation of new (specialised) MBO courses
  • The renewal of existing MBO courses according to the FoodLab concept (personalised and hybrid)
  • Development of tailor-made education for professionals from the sector
  • FoodLab as a community to improve cooperation in the Limburg food and hospitality sector

More than 50 companies have already expressed their commitment to active participation in the FoodLab. If the assessment is positive, the FoodLab will start on May 1. More information can be found on the website www.foodlablimburg.nl.

Date: 1/9/2018. Zuyd Hogeschool has been offering an entrepreneurship module for students from various study programs for several years now. In concrete terms, this means that students set up a real company in groups (a so-called “Student Company”). Zuyd is supported in this by Jong Ondernemen, a foundation that provides schools in the Netherlands with practical entrepreneurship programs. Aranco recently supported a total of 17 Student Companies by providing targeted advice on the development of their business plans and the use of the CANVAS business model. A second round of advice is planned for the end of January 2018, during which students can once again turn to Aranco’s supervisors with questions about their business plans.

Date: 12/6/2017. Earlier we reported on the Interreg project “Border information provision Flanders-Netherlands”, in which Aranco has been involved for some time in the role of network coordinator. One of the deliverables of the project is the establishment of various border information points on the Flemish-Dutch border. On Monday, the border information points in Turnhout, Kapellen, Kalmthout, Hoogstraten, Bergen op Zoom, Roosendaal and Eindhoven were officially opened during a joint opening event in Baarle-Nassau, with contributions from Fons Leroy (managing director VDAB) and Tof Thissen (general director UWV Werkbedrijf ), but also from frontier workers themselves. 

Date: 11/13/2017. The hospitality industry is climbing out of a trough and consumers are again spending more on eating and drinking outside. After years of recession, this is another great development. At the same time, there are challenges: the number of vacancies is increasing, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find and retain good staff. The image of the industry is not positive due to low wages, long working days, high work pressure and little time for retraining and further training of staff. Many catering staff leave the sector and the intake from the schools is not sufficient. This endangers the quality of the catering industry. But the market also demands other things. The growing interest in responsible nutrition, health and sustainability makes consumers more critical. The consumer demands a total experience.

In order to take advantage of the growth opportunities and tackle the challenges, a number of parties in Limburg (including Gilde Opleidingen, Arcus College, Zuyd Hogeschool, Ria Joosten Catering, Municipality of Peel en Maas and the Province of Limburg) have decided to investigate the possibilities of achieving a public-private cooperation. Partly inspired by the FoodLab Zeeland, these parties want to set up a FoodLab Limburg.

The FoodLab Limburg strives for a future of special flavors and product preparations in Limburg, but especially for young passionate talents who will take gastronomy in Limburg to a higher level. To achieve this goal, the FoodLab Limburg is committed to a better connection between catering training courses and the (changing) demand for well-qualified staff. The FoodLab Limburg also wants to better coordinate the progression from secondary to secondary and higher education.

Date: 11/1/2017. On June 30, a number of parties in the Flemish-Dutch border region (with Statistics Netherlands as lead partner) submitted the project “Work Insight” to the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands program. Aranco played a supporting role in this application on behalf of the project partners. The Werkinzicht project promotes the cross-border mobility of the labour force in the south of the Netherlands and Flanders by offering transparency about the labour market in this border region. This is done through an innovative approach to data collection, harmonisation and visualisation through tailor-made dashboards for different stakeholders and target groups. The project aims to reduce the bottlenecks in the current cross-border labour mobility and focuses on developing and exploiting the labour demand and the labour potential on both sides of the border. Only by offering transparency and extensive information can the mismatch between supply and demand on the labour market be optimally tackled. In the meantime, the Supervisory Committee of the Interreg Flanders-Netherlands program has approved the project. The project will start on January 1, 2018.  

Date: 10/16/2017. Last week it was announced that the subsidy for the development of the Center for Innovative Craftsmanship (CIV) Built Environment – an initiative of Gilde Opleidingen, Bouwnemers Limburg, Fontys Hogeschool, Zuyd Hogeschool and the Province of Limburg, among others – has been awarded by the Regional investment fund (Rif ) MBO. Aranco supported the parties with the Rif application by developing a regional vision and business plan.

The built environment is an important sector that is undergoing major and rapid development. The urgency to innovate is great in both education and business, in order to remain relevant and successful in the construction sector. In addition to a current staff shortage and a less positive image of the construction sector, certain construction vocational training courses are also at risk of disappearing from the province. In addition, new and different skills are expected from (future) personnel in the sector. As a public-private partnership, the CIV Built Environment wants to play an important role in this. The CIV will also help create a strong network among the many (small) construction companies in Limburg and positively profile the entire construction sector through an innovative approach.

The CIV trains and retrained employees of the future for the Limburg construction sector on the basis of a hybrid model in which students, teachers and employees of companies work together to keep the practical learning environment up-to-date and optimal.

Date: 9/27/2017. Aranco has been active in the field of cross-border cooperation for many years, recently, for example, in the role as network coordinator within the Interreg project “Border information Flanders-Netherlands”. Aranco is currently carrying out a special assignment for the Euregio Scheldemond: the partnership of the Provinces of East and West Flanders on the Belgian side and the Province of Zeeland on the Dutch side (the Provinces of Antwerp and North Brabant are also closely involved in this assignment) . The aim of the Scheldemond Werkt project is to draw up a supported vision and strategy for better cross-border labor mobility in the Scheldt mouth region. The first phase (inventory phase) of the project has now been completed. In the second phase, the primary focus is on actual strategy development. For this assignment Aranco works closely together with the Belgian consultancy IDEA Consult from Brussels.