Amsterdam Economic Board

Amsterdam Economic Board

The Amsterdam Economic Board pledges to work together with the business world, governmental agencies and knowledge institutes, focusing on collaboration, innovation and growth in order to make the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area the most adaptive and appealing labour market in Europe. To do so the Amsterdam Economic Board will start a range of actions with a technology focus:

  • Research and provide future proof educational models
  • Pilot new ‘lifelong learning’ concepts
  • Pilot innovative ways to create an inclusive labour market
  • Test models for matchmaking of international tech talent ands corporates
Last update: 08/05/2018
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for ICT professionals
Digital skills in education
Digital skills for labour force

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2025

Other Pledge details

Local/National scope: Local
Public Funding: YES
The two year funding exists of re- schooling higher educates jobseekers to IT professions for corporates and startups. For these two projects around €4 mln is available. These investments come from the national goverments as well as local (IT) companies.

Amsterdam Economic Board

The Amsterdam Economic Board is made up of 25 leading directors of academic institutions, company CEOs, alderpersons and mayors from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Together they are devising the strategy for the metropolis of the future. The Board was established to streamline the working relationships between the private sector, knowledge institutes and government organisations, with a view to further increasing prosperity and well-being in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA). The Board addresses complex urban issues through innovation and collaboration between the private sector, knowledge institutes and government organisations on the metropolitan scale. The Board focuses on the most urgent challenges and on the fields where parties in the AMA have the expertise, knowledge and manpower to truly make a difference, and that furthermore offer economic growth potential. For every challenge, we have set a target on the horizon, indicating where we want the AMA to be in 2025, when Amsterdam celebrates its 750-year anniversary.

Qualitative Impact

In 2025 the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will have the most adaptive and appealing labourmarket of Europe. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area will be the most successful region in training, retaining and attracting technology talent.
• There is a balanced match in technology talent demand and supply
• Employees will have a high level of digital skills and have access to 21st century education systems to keep their knowledge up to date.
• The metropolitan area is an attractive area for international tech talent to work and live
• Amsterdam has chosen a consortium to form the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). AMS will attract international talent with a MSc programme (waiting for accreditation at the moment) and is already offering MOOCs and organizing PhD research. Amsterdam will invest €20-50 million in AMS in 10 years, the partners will contribute €200 million in the same period.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained with a blended online-face to face approach / jobseekers Upskill 150 candidates in Make IT Work and 400 candidates from the B Startup School by 2017 550 550
Job placements/traineeships (including remote jobs) 400 vocational students to have had working experience in cyber security 400 400
Other (investment) €6 million will be invested in these projects, not only for education, but also for setting up the education infrastructure 6,000,000 600000

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

We finished the research on the need for tech skills in de AMA. A white paper about the results was published in July 2017. The white paper also provides some suggestions for experiments to find a solution for the shortage of tech talents. With those solutions we started developing a big tech talent action program, TechConnect. Aim of the program is to bridge the mismatch between demad and supply on the tech labour market. The ambition is to train and attract around 50K tech talents into tech jobs, on all levels.

B. Startup School and Make IT Work ended their first phase and are starting their next. . They are also part of TechConnect.
The project about cyber security has made huge progress, reached it's goals and moved on under the flag of House of Digital, a new public-private school in de AMA.

Life long learning is longer proces, but with i.e. the House of Skills the AMA has found an innovative way to make learning more and more available for the whole workforce.


Milestone name Completion date Status
Finished our research in future (tech) needs of employers and we have launched at least two experiments to respond to their needs. 31/12/2017 Completed
Started a pilot to experiment with new types of (tech) certifications 31/12/2017 Completed
Organized a tech event for medior international tech talent 31/12/2017 Completed
Live long learning will be available to the entire labour force 31/12/2025 On Track