A diverse workforce, benefiting from equal education opportunities, is essential to address the lack of technical skills needed by the industry. Over the last two years, Co-valent has launched various initiatives to stimulate diversity:
- Every year, national ‘Duoday’ is promoted and communicated to companies in the industry. This event gives people with handicaps the opportunity to work for one day in a company assisted by one of the firm’s employees. Through the website, companies can launch an integration process for an employee with a disability in collaboration with a specialized partner.
- The e-learning-platform eDIV, which explains all key issues related to discrimination in an easy and practical way, was developed by UNIA (centre for equal rights) and is accessible for free. Co-valent promoted this platform in its newsletter and through a campaign on its website and a training workshop.
- In promoting science and events aimed at young people, Co-valent actively looks for female role models, appropriate vocabulary and subjects for girls (eg. Haai8Tech, Dag van de Wetenschap, Breaking Sciences).
- ‘Dutch/French on the work floor’ training is available free of charge for companies that want to support their employees in learning to speak a different language.
- Managers dealing with diverse teams can subscribe to the free training ‘Dealing with diversity for managers’.
- In PlastIQ ‘s KIEM-project (Kunststof is een Missie), low-skilled young people are specifically targeted and coached through projects designed to boost their employability.