Helping Refugees to work: This is how we fix that!


Eric Castien

Onderwerp Blog
Gepubliceerd op

6 March 2018

Thousands vacancies, but refugees hardly find a job
Despite their education, highly skilled refugees are still struggling to find a permanent job. At national level, only 5 percent of the Syrian and Eritrean people who have come to the Netherlands since 2014 have found a job. Strange, because most companies are eager to hire new highly skilled and diverse talent. Unfortunately, a highly skilled refugee is still seen as a risky investment for a company as it is difficult to estimate foreign diplomas in value.

“Short” training course
In The Netherlands, refugees are expected to follow a short training course to show that their training and working level meets the Dutch standards. When this training is successfully completed, they can get started in the Netherlands. However, in reality, these shortened training pathways are rarely used, mainly due to the still long duration (1 to 2 years) and because these pathways are difficult to combine with the overall integration. In addition, such a training pathway often is not motivating as the knowledge and qualities present do not seem to be values at correct level.

Look under the Hood
Is it really necessary to follow a relatively long training course in order to determine whether a person meets the requirements for a particular job? BrainsFirst believes that this can be tackled in a much quicker and more efficient way. With a simple look under the hood, it is possible to predict whether someone’s brain fits well with a particular job in 45 minutes. By playing 4 online games based on neuro-scientific tests, a ‘ brain profile ‘ can be created. This is based on 53 aspects of the brain that are essential for certain skills such as working memory and stress resistance. The profile resulting from these tests is compared to the best performing people in the sector in which it is applied. This gives a good indication of who is promising and in whom it makes sense to invest.

Match on individual qualities
Forget long-term demotivating trainings for refugees and help in faster integration by estimating the individual qualities and match the right ‘ brains ‘ with the right jobs. Meet the NeurOlympics.