The National Platform Science & Technology has been commissioned by the Dutch government, the education and the business sectors to ensure sufficient availability of people who have a background in scientific or technical education. This approach has been formulated in the Deltaplan Science & Technology, a policy document on how to prevent shortages in the technology sector. The aims: (1) to achieve a structural increase of pupils and students in scientific and technical education, and (2) to use existing talent more effectively in businesses and research institutes. The goal is not only making careers in science more appealing, but also to introduce educational innovations that will inspire and challenge young people.
Therefore, the National Platform facilitates mutual contact between schools, universities, businesses, ministries, municipalities, regions and sectors. The objective is to ensure that the future supply of knowledge workers will meet the expected demand.
Persons with a background in scientific or technical education are essential to our society, both for developing new products and services as well as for scientific and social change and innovation. Sufficient availability of these knowledge workers is required for the Dutch economy to maintain a good international competitive position.
The National Platform Science & Technology is known for its 'chain approach'. This approach includes programs carried out by the National Platform that focuse on primary to higher education. By already investing in the youth at an earlier age the potential reach of future science and technology talents is broadened. The programs are implemented in close collaboration with the labor market.