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Setting people's sights on work

29/05/2019

In Leeuwarden, Netherlands, a project called Sight On Work is creating better partnerships with businesses, and working with unemployed people to match their skills to the local demand.

When vacancies are available, but people are out of work, it's time to start matchmaking.

In Leeuwarden, Netherlands, a project called Sight On Work is doing just that. With help from the ESF, it’s creating better partnerships with businesses, and working with unemployed people to match their skills to local demand.

The aim of Sight On Work is to reduce the number of people receiving social assistance, by getting to know each person's skills level and giving them tailored training and work experience. The results are better for both the employee, who now has a career path, and the employer, who now has a fully trained, motivated member of staff.

The key to this project has been funding from the ESF, which has allowed the municipality of Leeuwarden to invest more time and energy into new partnerships with local employers.

It means Sight On Work has been able to collaborate with companies in specific sectors where there is high demand – including construction, hospitality, healthcare, business services and the circular economy (green industry) – encouraging them to offer tailored support.

Once participants reach a basic skill level, they can get in-depth work experience with a potential employer, supported by formal, on-the-job training in their chosen career.

For one participant, Sight On Work has been a life-changing experience. They said: “Sight On Work gave me confidence again. I learned new skills and it made me realise that I really like welding. This is my cup of tea.”


Project name Sight on work Municipality of Leeuwarden
Duration 2016 - 2019
ESF contribution € 5,444,800.00
Total budget € 11,506,000.00
Participants 241
Country Netherlands
Organisation Municipality of Leeuwarden
Website https://www.leeuwarden.nl/nl
Contact details Anton Wijkhuijs
anton.wijkhuijs@leeuwarden.nl
+31 (0)582338100
Related links 1.1. Strengthening employment and supporting mobility
1.2. Better education
1.3. Giving a chance for all
Netherlands