LINKIT AND SPECIALISTERREN REALIZE INNOVATIVE SERVICES WITH SOCIAL RETURN AT THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, CULTURE AND SCIENCE
LINKIT, the knowledge-driven IT sourcing partner, promotes social return at the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) in collaboration with Specialisterren by offering people with autism an opportunity to build their career as (IT) test specialists. This agreement falls under the tender won by the LINKIT Consortium, consisting of DiVetro, Bartosz, LINKIT, Motion10 and Specialisterren. Specialisterren is a regular partner within the consortium and will provide the OCW with test services from the 1st of May with the help of IT specialists that have a form of autism.
The Rijksoverheid has been using its purchasing power to get people distanced from the labor market back to work. Agreements have been made in various contracts with suppliers about offering or deploying people from the so-called social return target groups. Many initiatives have only a moderate effect. To change this, the Rijksoverheid has continued to develop its social return policy and the social return testing grounds are now focusing on more experimentation and more customization. LINKIT and Specialisterren jointly deliver a creative customized solution to achieve social return.
The social return project of LINKIT and Specialisterren is about migrating a Document Management System (DMS). Within this migration, test activities are performed by autistic software testers who work partly on location at the Education Inspectorate and partly at Specialisterren (test factory).
Sjoerd van der Maaden, director at Specialisterren, is pleased with the initiative of the IT Purchasing sector manager of the OCW to start the social return testing grounds. "With the social return testing grounds, space is created for real innovative services. When hiring external employees, mainly people with appropriate CVs are considered. This means that the government misses out on a lot of high-quality employees and is unable to contribute to social return. We supply good and high-quality testers that do not always meet the standard requirements that apply to hiring. They are highly competent in terms of content, but have gaps in their careers that prevent the government from hiring them. With the testing grounds for social return experiments, it is possible to think more out of the box so that people with a distance to the labor market can also work for the government."
Eric Holierhoek, commercial director at LINKIT, finds it relevant to be able to contribute to social return with the Rijksoverheid and Specialisterren. "It's great that we are going to deliver the team as a cluster. Specialisterren has experience like no other on how they can successfully organize these types of test processes. We are very happy that they have been a loyal partner within the consortium for years."