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Tilburg University achieves 79% of its Employment Target

Published: 27th July 2023 Last updated: 27th July 2023

One of the action lines set out in the Dutch Universities’ Employment Targets Roadmap (Werkagenda Banenafspraak Nederlandse Universiteiten) is that universities show, in a qualitative and quantitative manner, what efforts they have made to achieve the objectives of the Employment Target. The Employment Target (Banenafspraak) is an agreement between the government, employers, and social partners to help people with an occupational disability get a job. In the annual report of Universities of The Netherlands (UNL), the actions are described that the Dutch universities have recently undertaken as well as their plans for the coming years. It also provides information on how many jobs have been realized for people in this target group.

Last year, Tilburg University achieved 79% of its jobs target. This puts Tilburg University ahead of the other universities in the Netherlands. “More than 75 colleagues with an occupational disability who come under the Employment Target now work at Tilburg University, divided over almost all Schools and Divisions. A great result that Tilburg University is proud of!" 

Melissa de Kort is a coordinator/HR policy advisor on the Participation Act at Tilburg University, supporting Schools and Divisions in finding, creating, and maintaining sustainable jobs for people at a distance from the labor market.

Lots of talents, slight limitation

"Everyone matters and everyone participates. That is Tilburg University’s main principle as an employer. That is why Tilburg University works hard on achieving its targets involving the Participation Act (Participatiewet) and the Occupational Disability (Employment Targets and Quotas) Act (Wet Banenafspraak en quotum arbeidsbeperkten). People at a distance from the labor market – for instance, people with a physical, mental, or intellectual disability – are part of a currently underutilized resource in the labor market. It is harder for these people to find work. By providing a good picture of the capabilities and limitations of these people and focusing on thinking in terms of possibilities, we contribute to this group being able to work at Tilburg University as full-fledged employees. When you offer sound guidance and a suitable workplace, you see that you get employees with lots of talents and a slight limitation! 

We at Tilburg University see that many colleagues want to make an effort in this context. There is shared enthusiasm. For instance, Tilburg University has succeeded in identifying work activities that can be executed by people with an occupational disability, and to also find the right people and provide them with the right guidance. And that at all levels: it is good to see increasingly many employees with an occupational disability completing a PhD.”