At the end of July, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS/HvA) will be signing a collaborative agreement with Pantar Amsterdam, an employment rehabilitation agency, for the foundation of a joint work placement company.
Under the agreement, unemployed youth, school-leavers and people re-integrating into the job market will be able to gain work experience in site, room, bicycle and waste management at the UvA and AUAS/HvA. This work experience, which is part of a broader rehabilitation programme, will improve their prospects when re-entering the job market. Over the longer term, Pantar will begin offering work placement and research positions to UvA and AUAS/HvA students with an interest in social issues and problems affecting young people.
Additionally, the UvA will be providing used wood from pallets and other materials to Goed Gemaakt, a subdivision of Pantar. This is a carpentry workshop employing school-leavers and people re-integrating into the job market and is specialised in the production of new furniture – such as conference tables and cabinets – from recycled material. This recycled furniture could then be given a new lease on life at the UvA and AUAS/HvA.