The origin of PRO WORK can be revealed by the name and motto of the foundation:

– PRO WORK “Together is works!” –

It namely promotes the career development of people with a (significant) distance to the labor market, skilled workers and others who need coaching, training and counselling in a wide variety of sectors and topics, national and international. PRO WORK operates in sectors like ICT, sustainability, environment, healthcare and technology associated with sheltered employment, entrepreneurship, talent development of youngsters, unemployment and generation gaps. The foundation often collaborates with a consortium of organisations, regional training centres, government (local, regional, national, European), target groups, sector representatives and knowledge centres. PRO WORK is involved in the development and implementation of innovations in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Furthermore PRO WORK offers a broad professional approach that realises structural innovation in a demand driven way. PRO WORK as a ‘centre of excellence’ is a public body and has an independent entity. PRO WORK was founded in the Netherlands as a result of a number of large national and international projects. The experience of PRO WORK has enabled the development of a broad range of methods, instruments and techniques, both on operational and political levels.

The main aims of PRO WORK, are more specifically:

  1. To promote career development for those who require VET, coaching and guidance
  2. To enable vulnerable groups to access the labour market
  3. To develop and implement innovation in the field of vocational education and training