Zein Academy International Talent Programme
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Do you love working with children, but find you're not ‘qualified’ to work in childcare in the Netherlands? Many well-educated or experienced education professionals apply to us for positions only to find out that their particular Dutch or international qualification - or former work experience - is not formally recognised by the Dutch Childcare Authorities.
The Zein Academy International Talent Programme aims to support enthusiastic and passionate talent looking for future careers in the field of international childcare. Through the Zein Academy International Talent Programme (ITP), Zein 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, a recognized, professional solution for meeting the Dutch legislative requirements.
Successful candidates will follow an in-house training scheme alongside an adapted version of the Dutch ‘EVC’ (ervaringscertificaat/experience-based certification) process. Working on a daily basis within either Day Care or Out of School Care groups in The Hague, candidates will receive on-job training under the guidance of experienced Zein professionals. In addition to this hands-on approach, trainees will participate in the Zein Academy Training sessions, covering all aspects of international child care and the Zein approach to working with international families.
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Kindly be informed that recruitment for the January 2020 group of talent has closed. To be informed when recruitment for the Summer 2020 group of talent starts, please click the link to complete our interest form.
The selection process for the 2020 ITP starts with your completion of the event registration form by Thursday 17 January 2020.
After verifying your interest form and key eligibility criteria, you will receive an invitation from our HR department to join an information session at our Head Office location, The Estate. The information session will take place on Thursday 23 January 2019.
Following the information session, the application process will open online. The candidates interested in joining the ITP can submit their application via our website by completing the online application form and submitting their CV and motivation letter to us. The deadline for submitting application is Tuesday 28 January 2020 at 12.00pm.
Successful applicants will be invited to a personal interview. The interviews will take place between Monday 10 February - Friday 21 February 2020 at The Estate location, please save the dates in your diary to ensure you'll be available!
Candidates that will succeed in the personal interviews will be invited to a Trial Day at one of our locations between Monday 17 February 2020 - Friday 21 February 2020. Based on the outcome of the trial days, a final selection of candidates, who will be offered place on the ITP, will be made by the end of September.
Successful candidates will follow a Zein 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 entering the EVC procedure through this programme, you will also be allowed to skip 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-job training under the guidance of experienced Zein professionals.
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 your current experience/qualifications. When joining the scheme, you will be registered with the company that we work with in relation to the EVC procedure. Upon starting the programme, you will undertake a skills audit - the results of which will be used to create a tailor-made training programme for you. Additionally, you will be assigned a personal coach who will liaise with you throughout the education process, provide help and advice on the modules you will need to complete and competence-based evidence you will need to gather.
As a successful and growing company, we have numerous posts available and aim to find suitable positions for all candidates who successfully complete the ITP and meet our quality standard. As the EVC process requires a significant financial funding from Zein, we are looking for future colleagues who would like to build a long-term career within Zein.
We do, of course, always hold the right not to extend an offer of employment on completion of the ITP if a candidate does not meet our quality standards. Also, trainees who do not demonstrate the required level of skills and commitment during the ITP may be asked to leave before completion.
More details regarding an ITP study agreement and Zein expectations and professional standards will be discussed with you during the selection process.
The scheme is most suitable for candidates who have followed some extended or higher education course related to childhood education or childhood psychology - although candidates with other academic 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 welcome from candidates of all ages and backgrounds, but competency in the English language is a must. Additionally, all candidates are required to hold (at least) a post-high school diploma and be eligible to work in The Netherlands.