TalentHub continues to grow at new location in Amsterdam

On Friday, December 8, TalentHub Amsterdam moved into a new location on Rhoneweg, near Amsterdam Sloterdijk station. After three years in the Westelijk Havengebied, the move marks a new phase of growth for the organization and its role in Amsterdam. The TalentHub is an incubator where people with a distance to the labor market can develop their talents, participate in the employment process and work on new, circular products from discarded building materials.

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The TalentHub was founded in 2020 by Level 5, with the support of VolkerWessels and the City of Amsterdam. Through the covenant 'Investing in Talent Together', the parties joined forces. This proved to be a bull's eye, as dozens of people have now been able to take the step to paid work via the TalentHub. All partners are proud of the positive results and therefore reiterate their support for further growth of the TalentHub.

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Last Friday, the formal opening took place. The new workshop is located close to the train station in order to be more accessible to a larger group of talents. A wide range of guests shared their experiences with the TalentHub. The common denominator was that they were all positive about the persistent role of those involved, to strengthen the development of people, work and circular economy.

Cees de Wijs, CEO of VolkerWessels Infrastructure, complimented the TalentHub crew for their efforts and results over the past years and expressed his pride in supporting this initiative. “Innovation and sustainability are often specifically about technology. The TalentHub adds social impact. The real profit lies in the sustainable growth of talents and the group as a whole.”

Rutger Groot Wassink, Alderman for Social Affairs of the City of Amsterdam, is impressed by the achievements and emphasizes the valuable role the TalentHub plays in providing perspective to job-seeking Amsterdammers. “Your vision fits perfectly with Amsterdam's and I hope that together we can realize many more beautiful trajectories, to let people gain experience that helps them towards paid work.”

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VolkerWessels and TalentHub Amsterdam

VolkerWessels supports the TalentHub not only financially, but also by providing materials and resources. In addition, various VolkerWessels companies give paid assignments, to have circular products developed. For example, Vialis was commissioned to turn old work jackets into functional fan covers for the Schiphol tunnel, VolkerWessels Materieel & Logistiek orders circular construction fencing, Gebr. Van Kessel receives beautiful insect hotels, and furniture from the TalentHub can be found in many VolkerWessels offices. In addition, talents from the TalentHub regularly move on to paid positions within VolkerWessels.