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REVIT

Project

REVIT

REVIT is an unofficial Dutch acronym for re-energizing.

Project REVIT aims to lead Rotterdam Youth, without any qualification (either school or work related), to a regular job in the Port of Rotterdam.

Because of economical growth and the current aging working population in the Port of Rotterdam, demand for new personnel is staggering. Specifically, in the field of general/mixed cargo. The Port of Rotterdam offers work to approx. 65.000 people. Only 15.000 of them actually live in Rotterdam.

Reasons:

  1. The hiring companies are all situated over 40 km away from Rotterdam. This is why few Rotterdam employees work in the harbour.
  2. Traditionally, of workers in the Rotterdam harbour are white males. The employers hire mainly in age groups between 18 and 27. 60% of this particular group in Rotterdam city is from immigrant background.

In Project REVIT, Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Shipping & Transport College and DAAD employer service desk join forces to succeed in leading the Rotterdam Youth towards these companies. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is the actual client. DAAD employer service desk is project coordinator and takes care of execution. The Shipping & Transport College is responsible for training and education.

During 40 weeks, the selected candidates’ schedule consists of a four day working week at the premises of one of the participating employers, and once a week a day of education at the Shipping and Transport College. The candidates keep their social benefits, for the first 16 weeks. After these 16 weeks the candidates are offered a contract for, at least, 12 months (52 weeks). In this “learning – working” schedule, the candidates are trained to be operational assistants. In reality we see that, after graduation, the employees get further training to become all-round operators, so they can work multiple functions within the company.

About DAAD
DAAD is a service point for employers and derived of government and business. With input from the Rotterdam’s employer’s association network 010 DAAD is specifically steered to bridge the gap between supply and demand in the employment market. Everyone Profits; DAAD Works!

About Port of Rotterdam Authority
The Rotterdam harbour, about 10.500 acres big, is of paramount importance to the national and regional economy. The port is a junction in international transports and a location for industrial and logistic services.
The Port of Rotterdam Authority develops, exploits and manages the port area. The Authority also looks after the wishes and well being of the port community as well as she helps strengthen the competitive position of the Port of Rotterdam.

About The Shipping &Transport College
The STC Group in Rotterdam pools the expertise of suppliers worldwide, for the shipping, port, transport and logistics chain, as well as the harbour-bound oil and chemical sector. This pool has strategic value; indeed, the large projects that governments and industries are engaged in are carried out in a virtually integrated manner. Therefore, the STC Group is a strong partner. We combine the development of human resources with advice, technical assistance, investigation and implementation. Where it is meaningful, we use advanced simulators.

Background, context and reasons why the project is needed.

REVIT is part of the revitalisation strategy for the Rotterdam Port, as developed in 2001 by the Rotterdam Port Authority.
The Rotterdam Port increases its distance to the city. In 2012, the newest addition to the harbour grounds - Maasvlakte 2 - will be taken into effect. The centre of harbour activities and the city, at that point, will be over 60 km apart. Over time, smaller percentages of the harbour labour force actually live in Rotterdam. At present, out of 75.000 only 15.000 live in Rotterdam.
The revitalisation strategy incorporates a number of activities to connect the city and its port.

What are the project’s
objectives?

Project REVIT aims to lead Rotterdam youth, without any qualification (either school or work related), to a regular job in the Port of Rotterdam.

How will it be approached?

In Project REVIT, Port of Rotterdam Authority, the Shipping & Transport College (STC), cargo-employers and   DAAD  employer service desk join forces to guide the Rotterdam youth (up to 24 years) towards carriers in the Rotterdam Harbour. The Port of Rotterdam Authority is the actual client. DAAD employer service desk is project coordinator and takes care of execution. The Shipping & Transport College is responsible for training and education. And the cargo companies provide for apprenticeship positions.
During 40 weeks, the selected candidates’ schedule consists of a four day working week at the premises of one of the participating employers, and once a week a day of training at the Shipping and Transport College. The candidates receive an apprentice fee, for the first 4 months. After which, the candidates are offered a contract for (at least) 12 months. In this “learning – working” schedule, the candidates are trained to be operational assistants. After graduation, over 80% of employees will get the opportunity train to become all-round operators, so they can work multiple functions within the company.

What is the scope of the project? / What are its boundaries?

The aim is to provide young people without qualifications the means to compete for positions in the port of Rotterdam.

Although the demand for labour is continues, due to an aging population, developments in automation and robotics  form a threat to employability. Employees that are poorly educated, subsequently, suffer also from a limited deploy ability.
Therefore, at the selection stage, it is increasingly important to show learning capabilities.

What are the intended outcomes? 

How can these be measured?

What are the critical success factors?

A yearly influx of 50 candidates is expected. Out of those 75% is expected to successfully complete the course. Out of all successful candidates 80% is expected to proceed to a follow up course and train as all round operators.

The willingness of companies to keep investing in this target group. And, the willingness of the candidates to invest in themselves (motivation).

Are there any constraints?

The wages require supplementation by subsidy-grant.
The training has to be made to fit the level of the candidates.
The apprenticeships require an adequate provision of instructors, by the partner companies. 

Are you making any assumptions?

The project is deemed successful when it has resulted in over 200 young people being employed, in the Rotterdam port.