Circular Skills in the vmbo

Many of your students who will soon be working in construction and installation companies will later have to deal with circular work. The work is going to change and for this they need circular skills. The inclusion of these skills in the VMBO engineering curriculum is still in its infancy. With the inspiration document developed in this project we help you to take steps in this.

The government is asking construction and installation companies to become increasingly circular. What does that mean? There are seven trends that are important in circular working:

  1. Adaptive, modular and remountable construction
  2. Use of secondary raw materials and biobased materials
  3. High quality reuse of raw materials and products
  4. Optimizing utilization and longevity
  5. Promote chain integration and cooperation
  6. Develop uniform measurement method
  7. Developing circular revenue models


The result of this project is a inspiration document in which we explain these trends and offer you inspiration for various practical assignments that tie in with them. You can do these practical assignments with your students. We have focused on those assignments that in our opinion are best suited for practical use in the classroom.

In addition, a Circular Skills curriculum has been developed. Circular Skills is a teaching method that helps VMBO students develop sustainable and circular skills. The program focuses on teaching circular thinking, design thinking and general sustainability principles. It teaches students to look critically at all aspects of the production chain and makes them aware of the impact of their actions on the environment and society.

The program consists of lessons at school accompanied by practical challenges. During the lessons, various topics are addressed such as the impact of industry on the environment, on the living and working conditions of workers in low-wage countries, the role of the consumer and the role of the producer. More information can be found here!

Want to know more?
Want to know more about this project? Then contact Patrick van der Hofstad of Technotrend Foundation.

Join Sustainability Skills!
The Circular Skills project in vmbo is now complete. Below we tell you how you can join the program.

  • Would your organization like to join one of the existing regional collaborations (Friesland; Flevoland; Utrecht; South Holland; Rotterdam)? If so, please contact Daan de Kruijf at
  • Does your initiative connect education, business, government and researchers at the regional level? And would you like to join the program to develop and/or grow this initiative? We would like to get to know you better. Fill in this questionnaire and we will contact you within 7 business days!
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