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MBO students find it more difficult to find work after the corona crisis than highly educated people

The gap between the highly and less educated has widened even further due to the corona crisis. The highly educated find a job more easily than before the crisis, but the less educated actually find it even more difficult to find a job. This is apparent from research by the Verwey Jonker Institute and SEO Economic Research, which analyzed figures from Statistics Netherlands.

The hospitality industry, aviation, tourism and personal care (such as hairdressers) are the sectors where it is most difficult, because that is where the hard blows fell during the corona crisis. “It is difficult for MBO students in those sectors to find an internship. Without an internship it is more difficult for you to complete your education and your chances on the labor market are worse,” says Bas ter Weel, director of SEO Economic Research.

‘Forced’ to stop studying

It is especially difficult for non-Western newcomers to find work, says Martine van Tilburg, director of ROC Aventus in Apeldoorn. “Because they can’t get an apprenticeship, they have no income and they can’t graduate. This actually forces them to drop out of school and take other work, such as at night in a sorting center,” she says.

“But that is not a sustainable solution. As soon as these young people turn 23, they are too expensive and they are fired. Then they return to the labor market unskilled and nobody is waiting for them.”

Nieuwsuur speaks with Habtom, who cannot find a work placement, and Sanja, who did manage it:

‘I just want to be a hairdresser. That is my dream’

The research shows that ten percent of young people stay longer in school. These include people who delay for a year because, for example, they have not yet been able to find an internship. There are also students who continue their studies because they could not find a job during the lockdown.

In total, this concerns 23,000 fewer newcomers to the labor market. Worrying? “It can be good news if they actually get their diploma. But if it’s just a postponement of a working life, you could call it hidden unemployment,” says Ter Weel.

Return registrations

Several MBO schools saw a decline in the number of registrations for courses in the hospitality industry, tourism and events in March. Nevertheless, the schools call on students to “choose with their heart”, because in the longer term too many workers will be needed in these sectors.

MBO students find it more difficult to find work after the corona crisis than highly educated people
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