Support talent needs
The current economic situation is the time to focus on retraining so that people can find a job again. On one hand, there are sectors where there is little work left, on the other hand, there are startups and scaleups that have a great need for digital talent and programming schools that can train them. Political parties also see this challenge and opportunity:
- D66: We increase the training capacity for students in engineering, ICT and artificial intelligence throughout the entire secondary education. We aim for 1,000 Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science graduates per year from 2022 onwards. The so-called STEP budget is an important tool for retraining. In this retraining, there will be explicit space for digital skills. We make it easier for startups and scaleups to attract and retain top talent. We make it possible to pay shares or options in a start-up as a salary.
- VVD: The VVD wants to help find talented employees with whom startups can grow.
- PvdA: The PvdA advocates a job guarantee so that people can retrain, for example, to become ICT professionals. The election program states: With the job guarantee people can retrain themselves to find work elsewhere, without immediately losing their income.