Four steps to becoming an accredited work placement company

Step 1

Check our video

Have you seen the video? Start the quickscan.

Step 2

Choose the VET courses

Choose the course for which you want to offer work placements.

Step 3

Submit your application online

After the quickscan you receive an email to start the application online.

Step 4

Your SBB advisor will contact you soon

An SBB work placement advisor will contact you soon to discuss the application.

Step 1 - Start your application

Where is your company located?

SBB is the foundation for cooperation on vocational education training and labor market on behalf of the Ministry of Education. We assess whether companies offer a good and safe work placement to students. Thank you for offering me a work placement. An SBB work placement advisor will contact you shortly.

During the interview, we'll identify what the student can learn at your company. We'll also discuss the conditions if you can offer a safe and educational work placement. I'll accredit your company as a work placement company. By doing a work placement, I learn more about my future profession, practice the language, and get to know your culture. Moreover, I do my part in the workplace, and I enjoy talking about the Netherlands and what I learn at school. The transfer of knowledge and experience takes time, but it brings you and your employees enjoyment and fulfillment. If you have any questions about matching, training, and coaching, please contact us. I'm happy to help you organize the work placement as well as possible. Together, we evaluate your accreditation as a work placement company.

Accreditation by SBB is a feat to be proud of. We look forward to working together. Thanks to you, we ensure the best possible work placement experience abroad for the student. For more information about SBB, please visit our website.

Check out the video

If you intend to host a Dutch VET student you need an SBB accreditation. The video explains why. Subtitles are in English, German and Spanish.

Advantages of accreditation

As an accredited work placement company, you make an important contribution to the future of workmanship. Moreover, it offers you special advantages:

  • Coaching students is a great way to recruit workers. Many students end up working for their work placement company after they have obtained their diploma.
  • Students have a fresh perspective on your business, bringing up-to-date knowledge and new insights with them.
  • Students get to work straightaway in your company. You can enjoy the help of young professionals in the daily activities of the company.
  • Students exchange experiences with one another. They can increase the appeal of your company.
  • The ‘Accredited work placement company’ logo that you can use on your company car, stationery, website, etc. provides a positive image to your customers.
  • You may be eligible for subsidies and funds, such as the Subsidy Scheme for Practical Learning.

Facts and figures

The Netherlands has a workforce of more than 9 million people, 3.7 million of whom followed a VET course. These professionals work in many different sectors. The demand for freshly graduated VET students is therefore high. This makes it all the more important to ensure that the courses on offer match the demand from the labour market as closely as possible.

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