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HELIS (HEalth and LIfe Sciences) Academy

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Professions in transition through digitalisation

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When it comes to change due to digitisation then people think all too easily about future jobs. However, it is already happening now; digitalisation affects people in their work and professions have already changed a lot. The top sectors bring this into view with the film "Professions in transition". The film was shown during the Annual Conference Technology Pact on 18 June 2018. After the summer, a report will be published based on the interviews and research.

Digitalisation influences us all

Aad Veenman, ambassador of the Top Sector Logistics: "Many societal developments are influencing professions and one that plays a decisive role is digitalisation. You can hardly imagine a field where the impact is not great. It is important that people feel supported by digitalisation and not threatened. A call to industry and government is to be aware of the changes, imagine what these means for people, and look for ways to enable people to learn and develop for a lifetime."

Labour market research 

Worldwide, developments such as digitisation, globalisation and ageing mean that we need to rethink the organisation of our society. The design and implementation of effective policy at the intersection of education and the labour market requires knowledge of the figures across all top sectors. The Netherlands ICT, together with the top sectors, has commissioned research by Berenschot and CenterData on how digitisation has impacted the labour market of the top sectors.

Watch the Profession in transition film below (in Dutch).

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HELIS (HEalth and LIfe Sciences) Academy

Increasing the industry readiness level

In April 2018, the cross-border project HELIS Academy is launched to optimise the Life Sciences & Health (LSH) cluster in the Netherlands and Flanders. The main purpose is to bridge the gap between the skills and knowledge of graduate students and the required competences in life sciences jobs. The project focusses on the development and alignment of teaching programmes to increase the industry readiness level of the profiles required. This project is financed by the European fund for Regional Development and co-financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Programmes for a better labour market entrance

In the HELIS Academy, partners from academia and industry will work closely together to assess the teaching and training needs of health and life sciences companies in the region. Following the assessment, the project will provide six tailor-made programmes to help postgraduates enter the labour market with the required knowledge and competences in specific LSH domains. Following the completion of the three-year project, it is expected that each year 160 students will be able to participate in teaching programmes from the HELIS Academy.


The HELIS programmes will cover the following topics:

  • Data Analysis & Stewardship
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Business Development
  • Product & Process Design
  • Technology & Life Sciences
  • Evidence Based Testing

Orientation with screening instruments

Students are often unaware of the diverse possibilities for jobs in the life sciences. Therefore there is a need for new screening instruments that will enable students to map their own competencies and see which ones they need for a particular job. Furthermore these tools will enable companies to optimise their screening policy for the skills of their current staff.

A sustainable HELIS Academy

By bringing together cluster organisations, knowledge & research institutions, industry and government, the HELIS Academy will be able to provide a solution for the current skill gap that students face when transitioning to the labour market. This will be done by creating an efficient and sustainable training programme.


The Top Sector LSH is part of the driving force of the HELIS Academy.