Human Capital interests


Adequately trained professionals are needed to conceive, create and maintain technological solutions. As technological changes increase, the shortage of (technical) talent is becoming more extensive and acute. This human capital plays an essential role in addressing the major societal challenges ahead. This capital, together with technological innovations, is the key to the societal and technological transitions.We strive for a sufficient number of qualified employees who are lifelong learners, grow and keep up with technological innovation. The goal is a "future-ready" workforce, resulting in a thriving economy and positive social dynamics.

Top Sector Policy

Achieving this requires action; a structural transition in Human Capital is needed. The top sectors therefore have a joint roadmap, within which each individual top sector has designed its own "Human Capital action plan." Within the HTSM Human Capital action agenda, for example, four issues are central: Connect & Collaborate, More Women & Girls in Engineering, MBO & HBO, and Learning Communities.

Especially for the automotive and mobility industry

For the automotive and mobility industry, however, prompted by the twin transitions to digitalization and sustainability, a more in-depth Automotive Human Capital Action Agenda is desired. ACE has a directive role in helping to shape and implement this action agenda. In this way, we can apply sector-specific accents and create the ecosystem in which we can continue to contribute to the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow.


The inflow and throughput in technical education must be greatly increased. To this end, we must structurally organize education, but also the subsequent connection to the work environment, differently. This with more room for diversity, accessibility, learning and working together and promotion of retraining. This education of the future will also be shaped in learning communities, attractive hybrid learning environments for innovation where courses work and learn together.

The Netherlands is facing one of the largest labor shortages ever and is expected to remain so for the next 2 decades. Virtually all companies can't get enough qualified personnel and thus this R&D engine threatens to stagnate with by extension the economic engine of the Netherlands.

The current transitions in automotive and mobility also make labor mobility essential to enable stability and growth. However, resilience is declining and this is partly because transitions from work to work are not taking place sufficiently. Activation of untapped labor potential of both non-working and part-time workers also lags behind.

Organizational capacity and implementation power are needed to bring about a real change within the automotive and mobility industry. With the signing of the MoU between ACE and RAI Automotive Industry NL, both parties confirm their leading role in linking education, the labor market and innovation.

Thomas van Berkel
Program Manager Human Capital

+31 6 18280973

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