Since a few years, there are many problems with young people. Young people are leaving school too early and they don’t have a job. At the moment, there are many projects in the most important cities in the Netherlands. One of them is Rotterdam. Rotterdam is a very important place in the Netherlands, with a lot of employment, but when young people leave their school, it is impossible to work.
The project for that people is called ‘workfirst’. ‘Workfirst’ is an initiative of the Dutch government and some social organizations. This project is a success. More than three-quarter of the young people has a certificate at the moment. Dorine de Koning from cleaning service Roteb said that the project will be expanded, because the success of the project. ‘We are very surprised with the successful results of the ‘Workfirst’-project. That’s why we will expand the project.’ The expanding of the project means that there will be more place for young people to help them. There is place for 83 young people, at the moment, but in the future there will be place for 25 extra young people (108 people in total). Since November last year, there are 63 young people finished with the project. Thirty-two of them has already a job or are back to school.
Many young people in Rotterdam are thinking that it is easy to take subsidy from the government, but it isn’t that easy as they think. There are enough places in the labour market and they have to search for a job. The workfirst-project will help them to have a pattern of work. It is also good for the experience of the young people. But there is more than only the fact that they learn to have a pattern of work. The young people have also a language-course, training in discipline, and a lot of work experience. I wish all of them a good and successful life!!
SOURCE: Jeugdnetwerk, the Netherlands.