Talent to drive the transition to a sustainable food system, who do you need?

Are you looking to grow your business and searching for new co-workers to build your company? Let's face it, you are not the only one! We know that we need top talents to move the transition to a sustainable food system forward. But what kind of talents and profiles are we talking about? And what triggers them to work in the food system? And moreover, which trends on the labour are we facing? To answer these and more questions, KplusV and Toekomstdoeners conducted a study among both employers and talents.

Top 10 insights from the study

In the (Dutch) reports you can read in detail about the talent profiles, trends, location factors and recommendations. This study with recommendations is the starting point to get started in the Talent and Business Community. These are the top 10 insights of the study:

  • The development of the population in the Netherlands and Europe and the ageing working population will put increasing pressure on the available talent in the upcoming years.
  • The battle for talent is global: There is strong (inter)national competition on specific talent profiles, including in the areas of data science, IT and tech.
  • Increase in interdisciplinarity: Specialised professionals will continue to be needed in the future but are increasingly developing into broad profiles with crossovers to other disciplines
  • Outside-in profiles: there is an increasing need to attract new knowledge and talent from other disciplines. Their expertise for example in the field of data science, IT, high tech or circularity can be usefull.
  • Keeping current employees deployable is of great importance by strengthening the manoeuvrability of existing talent. And let workers continually develop knowledge towards the future (future-fit)
  • The world as your playing field: employers and talent are increasingly looking internationally at recruitment, training and retention of talent. The primary focus is on the required profiles and less on the country of origin. Foodvalley competes with new seekers for talent.
  • Most important talent profiles: Foodtech, data scientist, lab technician/analyst, process engineer, business innovator
  • The most important location factors for talents are their living environment, mobility and housing.
  • Talents experience many interesting employers in Agri&Food . They feel they can really make an impact in this field. Access to and overview of jobs outside FoodTech is limited.
  • Jobseekers (both students and transfer students) do not always know what the career opportunities are in Foodvalley and miss an overview of jobs and interesting employers.

The study was commissioned by Wageningen, Ede, Gelderland and Foodvalley NL.

Slow Food Youth Network and your challenges

Are you working on the transition of our food system? And are you looking for fresh and positive ideas from future food changers? Join the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Academy and let SFYN’s community work for you!

What is the Slow Food Youth Network and what can they do for you?

SFYN is a network for young people who are committed to healthy, sustainable and fair food for all. They think outside the existing structures and well-trodden paths. When your organisation participates in the Slow Food Youth Academy you benefit from their way of thinking! Especially when it comes to ‘wicked problems’, it’s refreshing to get ideas from future food changers, who stand just outside your organisation. The SFYN Academy is a versatile and interactive learning programme for curious young people with a passion for food. Through lectures, excursions and workshops, they immerse themselves in chains and systems.

What is participation in the SFYN Academy?

As an organisation, you can submit a case to the SFYN Academy. From January till June, , a group of participants works on your practical problem. The group use innovative ways to find a solution to this practical food issue.

Foodvalley NL as partner of SFYN

Foodvalley Nl is involved as a partner in the Slow Food Youth Academy. Huiberdien Sweeris, Foodvalley NL: “By connecting the SFYN Academy with our ecosystem of innovative organisations, we expect innovative ideas and solutions for issues in the field of Food & Health, Circular Agrifood and Protein Shift. Together we bring a sustainable food system one step closer. And we are helping the food leaders of the future to find their passion. A great win-win!”

Talent as Innovation Support

This collaboration is part of the approach in the Innovation Support area of Foodvalley, Talent. Together with organisations from our network, we work towards rejuvenating, strengthening and diversifying the pool of professionals working in our ecosystem. By being a partner of SFYN, we are taking the first step towards involving young people in issues relating to the transition of the food system. Would you like more information? Please contact Huiberdien Sweeris.



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About the Foodvalley NL team

A welcoming and energetic team of over 30 professionals working on the transition of the food system. Our core values: Together, Personal, Positive, Learning & Development and Professional. We strive for maximum impact. We value an open, safe and familiar work environment, where we constantly challenge you to learn, experiment and grow.

There are currently no vacancies available.

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