Regional specialists are desperately needed - and are available, but far too often they migrate to other regions. One of the reasons for this is that the regional vocational opportunities are not sufficiently taken up. The INTERREG project "Grenzenlo(o)s Talent! wants to counteract this development. In order to keep local skilled workers for the labour market in the Northern Netherlands and Northern Germany (EDR area), it is necessary to create better opportunities, greater networking and more attractive conditions for employees and employers.
„Grenzenlo(o)s Talent!“ kicks in at just that point. By creating and applying cross-border internships, it helps students , for example, to get to know the companies in the region and find out about career opportunities. In this way, valuable experiences with the economy and the institutions of the region are made, as well as with those of the neighbouring foreign countries. Conversely, the region also benefits from international cooperation and from the latest scientific findings currently being researched, taught and developed in the education sector.
Students' early experiences with SMEs and institutions in the region often result in joint graduation projects, through which new, qualified employees can be recruited and prepared to stay with the company for the long term after graduation.
However, „Grenzenlo(o)s Talent!“ does not only appeal to young students who are still at the beginning of their professional life. By "Professionals" also those professionals are meant who are looking for new challenges, or job seekers from inside or outside the region who want to establish themselves in the region.
3 February 2020
If the job market does not end at the border, companies in the Ems Dollart Region find it easier to find suitable skilled workers. On this topic, representatives of the Koninklijke Metaalunie (Drs. Philippe Hondelink, Regional Secretary District North) and the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer (Sylke Ahring, Career Service; Maik Schmeltzpfenning, Knowledge and Technology Transfer) met on the Emder Campus.
The project focuses on the following target groups:
- Students, teaching staff, lecturers/research staff (colleges, universities, vocational schools)
- All unemployed jobseekers who are supported in finding a job.
- Employers (companies, SMEs, public authorities and institutions).
These target groups should get to know each other through cross-border internships or special events and thus be made aware of each other's potential.
Grenzenlo(o)s Talent! offers cross-border internships and research activities for college and university students and trainees.
The following possibilities are offered:
Individual opportunities for students
- a traineeship or research assignment with an employer on the other side of the border (foreign traineeship)
In close cooperation with companies, organisations and scientists as well as internship supervisors of educational institutions, employers, students, trainees and scientists are brought into contact with each other. One example is a student of the Hanzehogeschool who did an internship at the German company Orgadata.
For groups of students
Microprojects are projects of various types with at least one cross-border element. For example, there is already good experience with Noorderpoort and BBS1 pupils who have completed cross-border internships or compulsory work placements.
- Research tasks (a few days): Students of the Hochschule Emden-Leer and the Hanzehogeschool Groningen work together for a few days on a research task.
- Cross-border research (a few months): Students research topics of a cross-border nature together and get in contact with clients from the region.
Supporting activities for all
- Students and employers are supported with language courses and information: for example with regard to (employment) legal aspects or insurance etc. This information is available at the EDR border information point.
All information about financing internships abroad (ERASMUS) can be found on the website of the International Office:
Hier gibt es nützliche Informationen rund um unser Nachbarland die Niederlande
The duration of the project covers the period from 01.05.2019 to 31.07.2021.