International Talent Programme
Do you love working with children, but find you're not ‘qualified’ to work in childcare in Holland? We know this problem well. Many highly educated or educational specialists apply to us for positions only to find out that their particular Dutch or international qualifications - or former work experience - is not formally recognised by the Dutch Childcare Authorities.
The Zein Academy International Talent Programme aims to support enthusiastic talent looking for future careers in the field of international childcare.
The Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP) offers both international and Dutch candidates, who hold childhood education qualifications and/or experience but are not officially qualified to work with children in the Netherlands, an approved and professional solution for meeting the Dutch legislative requirements.
Successful candidates will follow an in-house training scheme alongside a modified version of the Dutch ‘EVC’ (ervaringscertificaat) process. Working on a daily basis within either Day Care or Out of School Care groups in The Hague, candidates will receive on the job training under the guidance of experienced Zein staff. In addition to this hands on approach, trainees will also receive a programme of Zein Academy Training sessions, covering all aspects of international child care and the Zein approach to working with international families.
Interested? Read on to find out more...
* * UPDATE * *
The Application Process for the ITP is currently on hold whilst we train our first cohort of successful candidates.
Please revisit this page later in the Spring for an update on when recruitment will re-start.
Successful candidates will follow an in-house training scheme alongside the Dutch ‘EVC’ process. This combination allows you to effectively back up your own qualifications with experience and training that will allow you to work in international childcare at Zein. By accessing the EVC procedure through this programme, you will also be eligible to be excused from the Dutch language element of the EVC process.
Your training will be based in one of our locations around The Hague. Working on a daily basis within either Day Care or Out of School Care groups, you will receive on the job training under the guidance of experienced Zein staff.
In addition to this hands on approach, as a new trainee you will also receive a total of ten Zein Academy Training sessions, covering all aspects of international child care and the Zein approach to working with international families.
The programme lasts 3-6 months, depending on the your current experience/qualifications. On joining the scheme, you will be registered with the company that we work with in relation to the EVC procedure. You will then undertake a skills audit, the results of which will be used to create a tailor made training programme for you. You will be assigned a personal coach who will liaise with you throughout, providing help and advice on the modules you will need to complete and competence based evidence you will need to gather.
There are two routes through the programme. The most likely route for most candidates is the 'Standard Trainee Route', for which a small monthly allowance is paid throughout your time on the programme. The second option is the 'FastTrack Route', which may be offered in exceptional circumstances to candidates who hold a high level of relevant qualification and experience.
Further details on the route applicable for you will be discussed during the selection process.
As a successful and expanding company we have numerous posts available and aim to find suitable positions for all candidates who successfully complete the course and meet our quality standard. As the EVC process is an expensive undertaking for us, we are looking for future colleagues who would like to build a career within Zein.
We do, of course, always hold the right not to extend an offer of employment on completion of the scheme if a candidate falls short of our quality standards. Likewise, trainees who do not show the required level of skills and commitment during the training scheme may be asked to leave before completion.
More details will be discussed with individuals at interview.
The scheme is most suitable for candidates who have followed some kind of further or higher education course related to childhood education or childhood psychology - although candidates with other educational backgrounds or practical experience will also be considered. There are many childhood related courses - both Dutch and international - which are not formally recognised as childcare qualifications, even though they are often of a higher academic level. The idea of the EVC process is to allow candidates the opportunity to have their earlier studies recognised, whilst gaining important practical experience in the care of children.
If you are unsure whether your current qualification is recognised, you can check via the following links:
Applications are welcomed from candidates of all ages and backgrounds, but competency in the English language is a must.