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Green and Digital Jobs Action Plan

In the spring of 2022, the Dutch government announced the introduction of the Green and Digital Jobs Action Plan as a complement to the generic policy addressing labor market shortages. In parallel, there is a significant number of investment programs from the Nationaal Groeifonds Fund and the Europese Unie focused on the energy transition or its components. This raised the question for the Energy Top Sector: How can we effectively manage these programs collectively? This prompted an exploration of a cohesive approach.

Advice document on a coherent approach

The exploration resulted in an advisory document for a coordinated approach to the various investment programs of the human capital agenda, which was presented and handed over to the Director-General of Economic Affairs and Climate, Sandor Gaastra (at the time of the event), during the kick-off event 'Human Capital Energy Transition' on December 9, 2022 in Utrecht. Attendees at this gathering included GroenvermogenNL, Topsector Energie, Chemie, HTSM en andere topsectoren, LLO-Katalysator, Taakgroep Arbeidsmarkt & Scholing, Katapult, Ministerie van EZK, Ministerie van OCW en Just Transition Fund.

As all these programs will be investing in education, innovation, lifelong learning, scaling up, and labor market projects in the region in the coming years, they want to collaborate as effectively as possible.

The full advice document is available for download below.

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Aftermovie of the kick-off event "Human Capital Energietransitie" on December 9, 2022.

From Exploration to Action

On Monday, March 6, 2023, the execution of the advisory document commenced, and progress was discussed among the relevant programs and initiatives. The conclusion drawn from this conversation is that almost all programs are in action mode. Many schemes are about to open or have already opened, and efforts are being made to actively collaborate in a constructive manner at both regional and national levels. In some areas, this is already happening successfully.

Until the summer of 2023, several initiatives will be undertaken to further strengthen collaboration between the programs and within the regions. A working group will be established for concrete implementation, and progress will be shared within this group.

Take action yourself

Do you want to take action as well? Synergy can be achieved through the following themes. Contact Koen Maassen,, for advice on which program aligns with which theme in your region.

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