The health and social care sector will become an increasingly important economic sector. However, this sector is facing a shortage of labor forces: nurses, caretakers, doctors,… to work in hospitals and care centers for young children, elderly people and persons with disabilities, etc... Moreover, the delivery of care and health will face radical changes and innovation (programming, technology,…). This will affect the demand and the required skills of the future labor force. This is not only a problem in Belgium, but also in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
The province of Antwerp is aware of these facts and wants to encourage adolescents to pursue a career in the health and social care sector. Even though there is a high demand for labor forces in the health and social care sector, there is also a high unemployment rate amongst youth, refugees,…. The province of Antwerp wants to encourage relevant target groups that are currently unemployed to work in the health and care sector. In partnership with local authorities (city of Antwerp,…), the public employment service (VDAB), educational institutions and employers, the province of Antwerp will develop several actions with a focus on these groups.