Companies to help workers integrate

25th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

25 August 2005, AMSTERDAM — Six large companies have agreed to help foreigners on their staff pass the integration examination.

25 August 2005

AMSTERDAM — Six large companies have agreed to help foreigners on their staff pass the integration examination.

The companies are CSU Total Care (cleaning and security), Evean Zorg (healthcare), FloraHolland (flower auction house), Philips (electronics), Sodexho (catering) and TPG Post (post and logistics).

They are to sign an agreement on the pilot project with Immigration and Integration Minister Rita Verdonk on 1 September.

The details of the scheme remain vague. The companies will undertake to investigate over the next few months what they can do to help foreigners working for them to pass an integration examination.

The examination is designed to test whether foreigners (excluding EU citizens and some other groups) can speak Dutch and are familiar with Dutch values and culture.

The project will run until 2006, a ministry spokesperson said. Some companies have already launched integration initiatives but this is the first time it is being organised between the business and the minister.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

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