The Next Economy must not widen existing economic and social inequalities in our city. Lower and practically trained workers often lack the skills to adapt to the needs and requirements of a rapidly changing economy. Young people often do not realise how their choices made at an early age may impact their future. This makes them vulnerable to a lack of job security.
The ICT Campus Rotterdam engages 50.000 elementary school children and vocational student with workshops and educational programs to pick up the skills needed for the digital transformation. The BRIDGE initiative engages young people, their schools as well as future employers to increase their changes of a successful start of their working careers. In the Rotterdams Leerwerkakkoord (Rotterdam learning and working agreement) the municipality works in close cooperation with educational institutions and business to help workers to develop new skills that ensure their future participation in our labour force.