'TeachforAmsterdam' brings IT talent to the classroom

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is facing an increasing shortage of 200 IT teachers. From the tech-talent program 'TechConnect', the initiative 'TeachforAmsterdam' is now active. A program in which recently graduated or already working IT people pass on their passion to the next generation. The 'hybrid teacher' as a solution for tackling the ever-increasing shortage of computer science teachers and at the same time helping IT people make optimum use of their tech qualities. Amsterdam Science Park's startup company BIT-students is also involved to this program.

The shortage of IT lecturers in the ever-growing tech sector of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area fits in with a national trend of rising shortages. A trend that is at odds with the ever-growing demand for techtalent in the labor market, in an increasingly tech-driven society.

Program and goal of TeachforAmsterdam

At TechforAmsterdam, the IT talent follows a traineeship for two days in addition to a three-day workweek in business world. They will be trained as first-grade lecturers and at the same time they do an internship in secondary education. In addition, an inspirational evening is organized every semester to help the teachers in training with the subject content.

"With the increasing shortage of teachers , in one of the most important growth sectors of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, it is remarkable how business, secondary education, teacher training programs at the UvA and VU, together with the municipality of Amsterdam, are joining forces to solve this shortage" says Viktor Bos, Challenge Lead 'Talent of the Future' at the Amsterdam Economic Board.

TeachforAmsterdam x TechConnect

TeachforAmsterdam is an initiative of TechConnect, the action program that will increase equity in the next four years by making tech training & tech jobs accessible to everyone. Ultimately, 50,000 additional people will have to enter the tech labor market, spread across the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

TechConnect, an initiative of the Amsterdam Economic Board, collaborates with the teacher training institutes at the UvA and VU, Platform Bèta Techniek, CA-ICT, BIT-students and companies such as TomTom and info.nl. In collaboration with the educational institutions,  next period will be focused on the way IT professionals can also function as a teacher.TechConnect is an initiative of the Amsterdam Economic Board.

"It is in everyone's interest that employers also invest in the talent of the future. With our participation in TeachforAmsterdam we are jointly part of a solution that can cope with the shortage of IT teachers, "says Corinne Vigreux, founder TomTom and CodamCollege.

About the Amsterdam Economic Board

Together with business, government and knowledge institutions, we are working on a smart, green and healthy Metropolis of the future. In order to strengthen welfare and prosperity in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, the Amsterdam Economic Board contributes to five metropolitan challenges: Circular Economy, Digital Connectivity, Health, Mobility and Talent for the future. We bring knowledge and parties together and encourage promising initiatives in the region. This creates innovative solutions and opportunities for upscaling. For more information, visit: www.amsterdameconomicboard.com

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