FrieslandCampina signs agreement to tackle youth unemployment

18 September 2014

FrieslandCampina commits to contribute to tackle youth unemployment by hiring more young people and offering internships. This was agreed on Thursday 18 September when an agreement was signed by Jeroen Elfers, Director Human Resources Netherlands of FrieslandCampina, Minister Lodewijk Asscher (Social Affairs and Employment) and Mirjam Sterk, ambassador Youth Unemployment, during the kick-off of the ‘WerkWeek’ of SterkTeam.

According to the agreement FrieslandCampina will hire at least 40 young people for traineeships in 2014 and 2015. FrieslandCampina will also offer 150 internships, for three to six months. Educational activities and coaching are also part of the agreement, which was signed by 25 other Dutch companies as well.

Mirjam Sterk and the SterkTeam are actively working to tackle youth unemployment and providing a better future for young people by stimulating joint initiatives between the government, politics, education and business. SterkTeam motivates organisations to work together on youth unemployment and to work on national activities, for example network activities. During the ‘WerkWeek’ (WorkWeek) various initiatives will take place to bring organisations and young people together.

Last week an agreement was also signed by Jeroen Elfers with a Dutch secondary school and Jet-Net, the Dutch Young People and Technology Network, to inspire more young students to take up science and technology. Jet-Net is also supported by SterkTeam.