The RAI is inextricably linked to the city of Amsterdam and actively stimulates the development and growth of Amsterdam and its residents. We aim to create more social return for the city and its surroundings. As an employer, we invest in the local area, structurally delivering social return with a focus on tackling youth unemployment, the roles of RAI Amsterdam as a reintegration and approved training company, and helping people with difficulties join the labour market.

Tackling youth unemployment

Having signed a Youth Work Agreement in 2015, RAI Amsterdam is willing and able to play a role in improving opportunities for young people to join the labour market. We do this via the following measures:

  • Deployment of temps & training: basic training such as hospitality or a traffic controller diploma
  • Apprenticeship programme within our technical department: BBL students take two-year training courses and receive permanent contracts upon completion
  • Tours (10-12 per year) for both higher vocational and intermediate vocational students: 600 students per year
  • Offering around 90 traineeships a year via a dedicated traineeship office. Traineeships at HBO (Higher Vocational) and MBO (Intermediate Vocational) levels in BBL (vocational learning track), BOL (vocational training) and combined work/education
  • Training of trainees: e.g. job applications, personal branding, time management, MS Office skills
  • 'DiscoverRAI' initiative for trainees: spending a day in another department to acquire new knowledge and skills
  • RAI Discovery at start of traineeship: day of introduction to RAI Amsterdam
  • RAI Hospitality project at Amsterdam ROC: lessons based on RAI e-modules, tour and lecture, and hospitality training. Forty students spend three days working with the Huishoudbeurs service team

RAI Amsterdam as approved teaching company

RAI Amsterdam is an approved teaching company and actively looks for connections between education and the work sphere, including via cooperation with relevant training and educational institutes. Benefits include stimulating the link between education and work, promoting the intrinsic content of the training, and establishing RAI Amsterdam as an employer in the labour market. We have entered into three structural partnerships with the HvA (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), Stenden Hogeschool Leeuwarden and MBO College Zuid (ROC, situated across from RAI Amsterdam).

RAI and young people with disabilities

RAI Amsterdam has been active as a recognised work training company for people with disabilities since October 2015. It is the first exhibition and conference organisation in the Netherlands to offer disabled people the opportunity to learn and gain work experience within the framework of the Dutch Participation Act. This is our contribution to the agreement between industry and government to create a total of 125,000 extra jobs for people with disabilities by 2026.

To help find jobs for young people with disabilities, RAI Amsterdam started a close cooperation in 2015 with the Employee Insurance Administration (UWV), the ROC College in Amsterdam and WSP Groot-Amsterdam. The trainees work at the RAI four days a week and go to school one day a week to be trained as ‘hospitality and service employees’ based on an internal company training custom-made for RAI Amsterdam by the ROC college. They are supported by a job coach and a work supervisor from the department in which they are active. The experiences from this project are being used to provide suitable structural work opportunities to the target group of the Participation Act.

In January 2016 seven members of the trainee programme received their work contract from Arjan Vliegenthart, municipal executive councillor for Labour, Income and Participation in Amsterdam, and Jules Broex, HR manager of RAI Amsterdam.