Human Capital Agenda


With an extensive and detailed range of activities, the Human Capital Agenda (HCA) Chemistry focuses on the realization of sufficient, well-qualified personnel in the chemical sector, now and in the future.


ChemistryNL Human Capital Agenda 2020-2023
Working together on societal challenges

The Human capital Agenda, drawn up by the HCA Coreteam, consists of the following items:

–           HCA themes and working areas (section 2)

–           Activities and deliverables (section 3)

–           Link HCA with education levels (section 4)

–           Cross connections between the HCA action lines (section 5)

–           Action holders and stakeholders (section 6)

–           Budget (section 7)

–           HCA Coreteam (people) and follow-up (section 8)


In this HCA there will be the same two human capital themes as in the previous HCA:

–      Staffing of the sector

–      Development of (technical) skills and behavioral competences of the employee / chemist of the future


The following 5 work areas have been identified:

–      Knowledge base: periodic update of the labor market education monitor of the TSC

–      Familiarity / image of the sector among students and teachers

–      Talent development in higher education / support of talent programmes

–      Influencing Curriculum development in education and Lifelong development

–      Connecting HCA on mission themes / societal challenges


The first 4 work areas are a direct continuation of the previous HCA (see also Appendix 1). The fifth work area is now being newly added and is intended to shape the human capital component of the mission-driven innovation policy. This work area reinforces the second Human Capital theme (see also Table 2 in Section 4).


Link to ChemistryNL Human Capital Agenda 2020-2023 (in Dutch)


Human Capital Agenda of the joint topsectors

Sufficient people with the right knowledge and qualities, our human capital, is essential to answer the social challenges of the Netherlands. In order to achieve this, a strong connection between learning, working and innovating – and therefore close collaboration between business, research and education – is indispensable. In the joint Roadmap Human Capital Top Sectors 2020-2023, the ten Dutch Top Sectors join forces to achieve this. On the joint website you can read more about three corona-related projects of Human Capital Top Sectors. Would you like to know what else Human Capital Top Sectors has to offer?

Check it out:
Joint Human Capital Top Sectors website
Roadmap Human Capital Top Sectors 2020-2023
Roadmap Human Capital Top Sectors 2016 – 2020


HCA online dashboard

The latest version of the labor market dashboard is online. This initiative of the VNCI and ChemistryNL contains an update of the intake and outflow figures for all chemistry courses in the Netherlands. It also provides insight into developments regarding vacancies in the sector. New in this version is the representation of the transfer of graduates from all individual chemical (mbo-hbo-wo) study programmes by type of work field.


HCA talent programmes

The chemical industry needs talent to realize the ambitions of the sector. Who wants to develop his or her talent in chemistry can participate in the ChemistryNL talent programmes. These are available for students in chemistry, chemistry, process technology and analytical chemistry, at university or HBO.


The ChemistryNL talent programmes are an initiative of ChemistryNL, VNCI, COAST and ISPT. In recent years, the ChemistryNL Talent Programme has successfully expanded under the leadership of these parties to an annual presentation to more than 100 higher vocational and university chemistry students. The ChemistryNL talent rrogrammes have been set up to allow more students to opt for a study in chemistry and to increase the intake of qualified chemists to industry.


The bar is high: in order to qualify for a talent programme, school performance, motivation and ambition must be of a high level. In addition, a broad interest is important; after all, chemistry fair students are role models and ambassadors for chemistry.


ChemistryNL talent programmes: