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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Employment and training

Date outcomes contract signed: Sep 2016

Capital raised (minimum): EUR 1.10m (USD 1.22m)

Service users: 138 individuals


The Dutch Municipality of Enschede, on the border with Germany, has a relatively high unemployment rate. Over the border, the neighbouring German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, has not only a very low unemployment rate but also experiences a labour shortage, with the number of unfilled vacancies expected to rise in the coming years as large sections of the population reach retirement age. Participants receive 4 weeks of intensive training from the Dutch provider's German partner covering technical skills in a range of trades (e.g. construction, plumbing, welding), German language and cultural differences, and a visit to a German employer. Upon completion of the course, they enter into a 4 week internship with a German employer leading to a potential contract of at least 6 months.

Target population

138 unemployed adults in Eschede in receipt of social assistance.



  • Netherlands

Service delivery locations

  • Enschede, The Netherlands

Involved organisations

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Outcome metrics

  • Reduction in unemployment benefit entitlement. Success is measured by the reduction in number of days of unemployment social assistance that participants are entitled to, relative to a control group.
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