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NewBees prepares newcomers and refugees in the Netherlands for a job, in doing so facilitating their integration into society. The organisation matches newcomers to traineeships with local entrepreneurs and organisations, where talent and equality are key.

Using a unique methodology and online matching platform, NewBees combines smart technology with social contact in order to offer close guidance in a personal, practical way. It works to bring people together every day, through the dedication and commitment of a diverse network.

Issue/Challenge and Goal/Assumption

Challenge: Since 2013, more than 100 000 people have applied for asylum in the Netherlands: people fleeing violence and oppression, hoping to build a new future in another country. Despite the talents, experience and enthusiasm they bring with them, it often takes a long time before they are able to fully access and participate in Dutch society.

Goal: Being engaged in work helps these individuals with self-development, recognition and integration. Whether voluntary or paid, working leads to their better connection to and increased value within the labour market; to stronger social cohesion and integration and, ultimately, to better wellbeing. NewBees works to enable more and more newcomers to reach this point.

How does it work

NewBees 'matchmakers' act as a bridge between newcomers and local organisations, creating pairs of talented newcomers and local go-getters. They combine the best of two worlds, linking knowledge and networks, and make matches to strengthen the experience and improve the well-being of newcomers. 

The process has several steps:

  1. Together with a matchmaker, a newcomer creates a personal profile;
  2. The profile is matched with a suitable traineeship (a temporary position with a local organisation or company);
  3. During the traineeship, newcomers receive personal guidance and follow workshops that support them in navigating cultural differences and behaviours in the workplace;
  4. All acquired knowledge and experience is recorded and validated in an official certificate, so even if a traineeship does not lead to a permanent job, a newcomer - or 'newbee' - has proof of their capabilities as they take their next steps.


Since 2016, approximately 600 successful matches have been made. In 2019 alone there were 232, thanks to internships or work experience provided by 123 partners across Dutch society.

© NewBees. June 2020; September 2019.


NewBees is continually measuring its impact. In 2018 it carried out a material analysis in collaboration with TruePrice, which showed that of the five stakeholder groups (participants, companies, NewBees as an organisation, the government and the rest of society), the greatest impact is made on the participant group. This is in the form of increased well-being through job satisfaction, and a sense of utility.

In addition, participation in NewBees traineeships results in an increased chance of paid employment: according to NewBees' analyses this chance is twice as large for NewBees participants as it is for those who do not join the programme. Matches per person in 2019 were longer and more intensive than in 2018, and more in line with the talents of newcomer participants.

An annual report for 2020 has not yet been produced. The organisation's informative annual report for 2019 can be found here, and annual reports for 2016, 2017 and 2018 can be found here

Who will benefit?

Newcomers to Europe (the Netherlands) as well as local employers. Essentially all stakeholders benefit: participants, companies, NewBees as an organisation, the government and the rest of society.

© NewBees. Newcomer participants, September 2018.

Source of funding and Resources used

NewBees is funded by local government, as well as through philanthropic funding and revenue from consultancy and IT activities.