Professional Pathways for Amsterdam Statushouders

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The Mobile Educator organizes the  Professional Pathways for Amsterdam Statushouders program for newcomers with extensive experience as a teacher of English or French.

There is a shortage of teachers in the Netherlands, including teachers of English and French. Our program is an extensive, free of charge training course for  statushouders with an educational background in English or French. The program is specifically designed to deliver teachers for secondary vocational education (MBO) in the Netherlands[1] .


During the first two months of this professional development training course, you  are introduced to the Dutch educational system and culture, and get acquainted with modern educational methods, like active learning and the use of ICT in education. Special attention is paid to the role of the teacher in Dutch education and to the practice of vocational education in the Netherlands. The principal language of instruction during the training is Dutch.

After the two months training program you follow an internship (‘stage’) at a ROC[2] in Amsterdam. A Dutch teacher of English or French at the school is your mentor.

A successful internship will support you in applying for vacancies as a teacher of English or French at an ROC from January 2018 onwards. If you are hired you will receive, in combination with your job, an additional educational training at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. This training  will provide you with a ‘pedagogisch-didactische aantekening’, the first step towards a possible Dutch teacher qualification. We expect most vacancies in May 2018.

Practical information

Requirements for candidates:

  • You are a statushouder, living in the municipality of Amsterdam or living in an AZC and waiting for a house allocation in Amsterdam.
  • Minimum age is 25 years.
  • Bachelor (or equivalent) in English or French language is required .
  • EP-NUFFIC/DUO diploma recognition must be available.
  • At least three years of experience as a teacher of English or French
  • Minimum level of Dutch: B1, studying for B2.

Course period: the first five training days will take place from 28 June 2017 onwards. After the summer holidays, there will be ten to twelve training days starting at the end of August; two whole days a week, on Wednesday and Friday. During the course period you will retain your social benefits (uitkering).

Course location: MBO College Centrum, Da Costastraat 36, Amsterdam

Costs: the program is financed by Amsterdam Municipality and offered free of charge for participants.

Application: application is closed. If you want more information about this programme, please contact Henk Frencken:


The Professional Pathways for Amsterdam Statushouders Program is implemented by The Mobile Educator, Refugee Start Force and De Nationale DenkTank, in close cooperation with Amsterdam ROC’s (ROC TOP and ROC Amsterdam) and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences). The programme is commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Article (in Dutch) about the first day of this programme.

[1] For more info om MBO education, see

[2] Regionaal Opleidingen Centrum. ROC’s are schools for MBO: middle level vocational education.